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March 28, 2015

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Kid Lit Still Mostly White, but Diversity Gaining Ground

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Children’s books with significant African or African American content nearly doubled in 2014, according to new data from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There was also a slight uptick in publications featuring Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content.

Kathleen T. Horning Named 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

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Kathleen T. Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.

Fusenews: Chock full o’ NYPL

Fusenews: Chock full o’ NYPL

Some me stuff to start us off.  NYPL turned its handy dandy little 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014 list into an interactive bit of gorgeousness.  So as to help it along, I wrote a blog post on the library’s website (I have two blogs, if you want to get technical about it, but […]

Children’s Books: Still an All-White World?

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Nancy Larrick’s landmark 1965 study on race and children’s books was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Not much has changed.

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Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Dark’ Takes 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award

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Acclaimed children’s book author Lemony Snicket’s The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, is the winner of the 17th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding picture book writing, given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

Charlotte Zolotow, Distinguished Children’s Book Editor and Author, Dies at 98

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Charlotte Zolotow—the distinguished children’s book editor, poet, and award-winning author of more than 70 books for young readers—died on Tuesday, November 19, in her home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She was 98.

Embracing Diversity in YA Lit

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From social media to publishing industry-led initiatives, the call for diversity in children’s and young adult literature has steadily grown into a loud roar in the past months. As part of School Library Journal’s SummerTeen virtual conference, the “Embracing Diversity” panel featuring Karen Arthurton, Jonathan Friesen, James Klise, and Amanda Sun, led to a lively and ongoing conversation about the importance of not only publishing books for kids by and about diverse people, but also getting them in the hands of readers. SLJ spoke to industry professionals who are raising awareness on the need for different perspectives in young adult books, and compiled a list of resources to find these titles.

Poetry Writing Contest for Kids; Eric Carle’s ‘Friends’ Exhibit | News Bites

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Publisher Kane Miller is cosponsoring a nonfiction writing contest for budding poets. Educators can enter the “Pin It to Win It” MathMovesU sweepstakes via Pinterest. From September 17, 2013 through March 24, 2014, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is featuring the artwork from Carle’s new picture book, Friends. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has announced the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards.