March 24, 2017

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Family Ties, Black Beauty Celebrated in New Self-Published Titles | Indie Voices

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Librarian Amy Martin highlights a strong new crop of self-published children’s books, including a middle grade family drama and several picture books about black hair.

Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

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13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens

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Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.

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The 2016 In the Margins Book Awards Are Unveiled

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P.D. Workman’s fictional Tattooed Teardrops and Tewhan Butler’s nonfiction title America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope top this year’s In the Margins Book Awards.

Seven Self-Published Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity | Indie Voices

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In the inaugural Indie Voices column, librarian Amy Martin curates a strong list of self-published titles that depict and celebrate diversity.

SLJ: The Year in Covers, 2015

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From a crossover year in children’s literature and the national push for PreK, to maker madness and serving incarcerated youth, School Library Journal covered the field in 2015.

Street Life: Memoirs for Teens | YA Underground

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These three memoirs about young people who have overcome incarceration, gang life, and impoverished childhoods will satisfy the need for representation of teens in the margins.

Diversity and Women Win Big at Indie Comics’s Small Press Expo

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In its 21st year, the Small Press Expo (held on September 19–20 in Bethesda, MD) celebrated indie and self-published comics, diversity, and the female-led 2015 Ignatz Awards.

Brooklyn Fifth Graders Publish Books to Help Rhinos and Elephants

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Students from P.S. 107 in Brooklyn, NY, have written and published two books about endangered animals, gained the endorsement of Jane Goodall and the World Conservation Society, and raised thousands of dollars to protect elephants and rhinos.

Folding Your Own: A Minicomics Primer for Librarians

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What are minicomics? “Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson sheds some light on the independently created format, shares tips on how librarians can acquire minicomics for the collection, and suggests ways they can encourage creativity in teens.

Rage to Page: Young Scholars Self-Publish a Tribute to John Hope Franklin

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When the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars studied the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC, they became enraged that such an important event was not covered in their eighth grade history textbooks. The Young Scholars then decided to write and self-publish a novel as a tribute to the late Duke historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.

Black Authors and Self-Publishing

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Systematic exclusion in traditional publishing has fostered a community of self-published authors of color who are committed to social justice.