April 29, 2017

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Fusenews: Correlation Does Not Imply Causation!

Days like today exist to remind you that spring is not summer.  Here in Evanston it is wet and rainy and altogether cool and unpleasant.  Think then of the folks in Bologna right now.  Sunny.  Warmer.  Full of gelato.  *sigh*  With that in mind, here’s a Fusenews that is occasionally drenched in a bit of […]

“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

“March: Book Three” Named Winner of the 2017 Walter Award

We Need Diverse Books selected March: Book Three as the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award, along with three honorees.

The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2016

Not too long ago I created the 31 Days, 31 Lists series where I counted down a list of top 2016 books every day.  When I initially came up with the idea I briefly wondered if I should make lists celebrating specific kinds of diversity.  Top African-American Picture Books of 2016 or Best Diverse Titles.  […]

Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note

We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children

Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.

Mirrors and Windows

Last year, my second grader came home one day and started telling me about Malala. Her teacher had used a biography of the recent Nobel Prize winner as the example book at the beginning of their biography unit. This week, my now third grader came home with assignment inspired by The Ballad of Mulan by Song […]

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.

Twenty-nine books on ALA’s top 10 challenged books lists from 2001–2015 have diverse content.

New Visions Award Winner Announced; “The Inside of Out” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

Participate in the #DashnerDash Binge Read. The winner of Lee & Low’s New Visions Award was recently revealed. You’ll find these tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

We Need Diverse eBooks Too, Y’know

Here is what in truth is just a query masquerading as a legitimate blog post.  I am never above misusing my power when I’m curious.  And while I’m sure somebody somewhere has brought this up, I certainly can’t recall it being as big a topic as it could be. The other day I was talking […]

Pat Mora on Día, the Arbuthnot Lecture, and Diverse Books: 20 Years and Counting

Author Pat Mora’s April 15 Arbuthnot Lecture at Santa Barbara (CA) City College coincided with the 20th anniversary of the celebration she founded, “El día de los niños/ El día de los libros” (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as “Día.”

Tracey Baptiste on Writing, Trinidadian Folklore, and Scary Stories | Under the Covers

Librarian Karen Yingling talks with Tracey Baptiste about her novel, The Jumbies, and the need for diverse representations in middle grade fiction.

What’s Trending? What Is, What Was, What’s Soon to Be in Kid Lit

From evil hummingbirds and odd picture book cameos, to how things stand on diversity, Betsy Bird considers where we are and where children’s books might be headed in 2016.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2015

So I’m going to confess something to you.  All year long, from January onward, I’ve been keeping track of any picture book, easy book, or early chapter book I’ve seen containing some kind of diversity.  Have I missed books?  Of course I have!  You cannot make a list like this without missing something.  Books from […]

Scholastic Rolling Out Special Diverse Books Flyer for Holidays

Scholastic Reading Club flyers showcase diverse books in time for the holidays.

Emily Jenkins Apologizes for “A Fine Dessert”

Describing her book as “racially insensitive,” author Emily Jenkins took to the web Sunday to apologize for her picture book A Fine Dessert, announcing her intent to donate her writing fee to We Need Diverse Books, which has been confirmed by the organization.

Teen Books by Native Writers to Trumpet Year-Round

Blogger and librarian Debbie Reese shares works for young adults by and about Native Americans that should be read, displayed, and celebrated in every collection, including graphic novels and the latest by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale.

Study to Explore Link Between Book Challenges and Diverse Books

Is there a correlation between the Common Core recommended reading lists and challenges to diverse books? Emily Knox, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is planning a related study.

A Diverse Book List for the Under-Five Set

From “Different Families” to “Different Expectations,” a selection of titles for the sub five-year-old set that showcase “different” in a positive, broad, or subtle way, curated by SLJ First Steps columnist Lisa G. Kropp.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Not Enough: We Must Renew the Charge to Build an Equitable World | Editorial

Libraries have long been central to helping create a culture that, at a minimum, tolerates difference and, at best, embraces and celebrates it. Yet, we must do more to desegregate our schools, our neighborhoods, and our workplaces—including our libraries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.