April 29, 2016

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Freedom in Congo Square | An Interview with Carole Boston Weatherford

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Carole Boston Weatherford is known for her many award-winning books—both nonfiction and poetry— that combine careful historical research with breathtaking lyricism. Her latest book imagines the anticipation and exhilaration of a few hours of freedom experienced by enslaved Africans in early 19th-century New Orleans.

Celebrating African American History

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Through compelling stories, dynamic texts, and striking artwork, this selection of recently published picture books highlights trailblazing African Americans.

Slightly More Recent Books on Slavery for Young People

On January 19th, Claire Fallon, a Books and Culture Writer at The Huffington Post, wrote an article called 13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read. The piece was a response to the news about Scholastic pulling the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington and got shared hither and thither and […]

Review of the Day: Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph By Roxane Orgill Illustrated by Francis Vallejo Candlewick Press $18.99 ISBN: 9780763669546 Ages 9-12 On shelves March 8th Some books for kids have a hard road ahead of them. Here’s a secret. If you want a book to sell just oodles and oodles of copies to the […]

African-American Experience Children’s Literary Reference Guide (2010-2015)

African-American Experience Children’s Literary Reference Guide (2010-2015)

We’re in the thick of the month of February now and recently I ran into an interesting problem.  It being Black History Month and all I was looking to create a list of Black Experience children’s books for my librarians to pull from for displays and purchasing and such.  So I trolled about online looking […]

Pictures of the Week: Inside Artist and Author Lorenzo Pace’s Studio

Pace unfolds his latest piece of artwork.

Author and artist Lorenzo Pace, known for Jalani and the Lock, opened up his studio to SLJ editors.

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

In working on a long piece about how youth services librarians are using Pinterest, I discovered the work of K.C. Boyd, who leverages social media to promote the image of her school, to build community, and to archive her students’ work. K.C. Boyd, is the Library Media Specialist at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School  (Chicago […]

Review of the Day: The Other Side of Free by Krista Russell

Review of the Day: The Other Side of Free by Krista Russell

The Other Side of Free By Krista Russell Peachtree Publishers $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-710-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Have you ever read the adult book How I Became a Famous Novelist? Bear with me for a second here, I know what I’m doing. You see, in the title the author decides that he wants to become […]

Civil Rights Legend Congressman John Lewis Tells His Story in ‘March’ Graphic Novel

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In time for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, John Lewis—former chairman of SNCC and now Congressman—collaborated with his comics-obsessed staffer Andrew Aydin and veteran graphic novelist Nate Powell on a powerful new graphic novel memoir, March.

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Review of the Day – Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger

Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad By Monica Edinger Illustrated by Robert Byrd Candlewick Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5038-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 8th It’s no secret that nonfiction in children’s literature is the buzzword of the day. Thanks to the rise of interest in the Core Curriculum State Standards, kids are […]

Resources for Black History Month

I’ve been gathering a few Black History Month resources to share with teachers here at our high school and thought I’d share them here as well. African American History Month, a collaborative government-sponsored site, provides links to primary source-driven lessons from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Gallery, the National Park Service […]

Pick of the Day: Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers

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STONE, Tanya Lee. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers. 160p. appendix. bibliog. chron. notes. photos. reprods. Candlewick. Jan. 2013. Tr $24.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5117-6; ebook $24.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6405-3.
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–A moving, thoughtful history of the United States military’s first black paratrooper unit. During World War II, African American soldiers were mostly relegated to service and security jobs, generally denied the same training and active-combat positions that were available to their white counterparts. […]

A Mission Above and Beyond Them | An Interview with Tanya Lee Stone

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Author Tanya Lee Stone talked to Curriculum Connections about the importance of visual storytelling in her work “Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers.”