Street Noise Books—New YA Publisher for Marginalized Voices—To Launch in January | News Bites

A new player emerges in the YA market vowing to publish “unapologetic, authentic, and politically relevant” heavily illustrated and graphic nonfiction; Erin Entrada Kelly joins the list of authors tapped for Netflix adaptations; and more in this edition of News Bites.

A new player emerges in the YA market vowing to publish “unapologetic, authentic, and politically relevant” heavily illustrated and graphic nonfiction; Erin Entrada Kelly joins the list of authors tapped for Netflix adaptations; Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library branches out to Pittsburgh, and more in this edition of News Bites.

Street Noise Books To Launch in January 2020

New publisher Street Noise Books will launch in January 2020, publishing heavily illustrated and graphic nonfiction for young adults.

The publisher will have a “radical, intersectional feminist, queer and inclusive vision, and seek to provide a platform for the voices of marginalized people.” The company’s tag line is “unapologetic, authentic, and politically relevant.”

The 2020 titles include Stupid Black Girl: Essays from an American African Living in New York by Aisha Redux, illustrated by Brianna McCarthy; Shame Pudding: A Graphic Memoir by Danny Noble, the story of Jewish grandmothers who “nurtured a kid struggling with anxiety to a teen finding her own voice;” and an as-yet-untitled graphic memoir by Native American cartoonist Jim Terry, in which he journeys from his childhood to finding a spiritual home and identity at Standing Rock.

Liz Frances, a 15-year industry veteran, formerly at Scholastic, is the publisher and founder of Street Noise Books.

Hello Universe Gets Netflix Movie

Author Erin Entrada Kelly’s Newbery Medal-winning novel Hello, Universe will be adapted into a Netflix movie. The news was broken by Deadline, which said playwright and screenwriter Michael Golamco (Always Be My Maybe) will adapt the book, and Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station, Roxanne Roxanne) of Significant Productions will produce.

A tweet from Kelly confirmed the scoop. “LOOK! It’s a #giveaway to celebrate today’s *incredible* news!” she tweeted. “[If you don’t know what we’re celebrating, here are three hints: NETFLIX! NETFLIX! NETFLIX!”

Later, Golamco tweeted his excitement at being part of the project, namedropping not only the movie's collaborators but also the book's characters with hashtags.

“Guys! I’m thrilled to be adapting @erinentrada’s #NewberyMedal winning book for @Netflix. @ForestWhitaker, @NYBongiovi, and Significant Productions are my heroes for championing this beloved story #Virgil #Kaori #Valencia #Chet #Gen #Sacred.”

Jane Addams Association Announces Award Winners

The Jane Addams Peace Association has announced its 2019 Jane Addams Children’s Books Award winners, which recognize “children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.”

Books for Younger Children 

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López.

Two Honor Books: The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb and Julián is a Mermaid, written and illustrated by Jessica Love.

Books for Older Children

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Two Honor Books: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani and We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson.

Imagination Library Goes to Pittsburgh

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library opened a “branch” in Pittsburgh. Kids age five and younger can now sign up online to receive one free new, age-appropriate book per month. They can get 12 books every year for up to five years.

Parton, the country music icon, started the book gifting program in Tennesee in 1995. Kids can get books from birth until they begin school, regardless of a family’s income. Since launching nearly 25 years ago, the Imagination Library has mailed 115 million books to children in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia.

In February, Pittsburgh officials announced the city was receiving a $250,000 grant from the Benter Foundation to help fund the program.

The Imagination Library pays for overhead, databases, a book selection committee, and the monthly mailings. Pittsburgh is using the grant to pay the postage of $25 per child per year, along with advertising and community outreach costs.

Ellen Klages Wins Children’s History Book Prize

This year’s New-York Historical’s Children’s History Book Prize goes to author Ellen Klages for Out of Left Field. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually awarded to the “best American history book for middle readers ages 9–12, fiction or nonfiction.” Out of Left Field tells the story of one of the first young women to play Little League baseball.

The prize was selected by a jury of librarians, educators, historians and middle school families. An online poll asked the public to cast votes as well. Finalists for the award included Facing Frederick by Tonya Bolden, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, and The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Free Advocacy Webinar

United for Libraries will present a free webinar, “ Local, State and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach ” on Monday June 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern. The program will discuss the “difference between grassroots and grasstop advocates, how to identify them in their communities, and how to engage them in their effort. Attendees will learn how to build key library advocates to cultivate allies and develop constituencies in support of their positions at every level of government.”

Speakers included 2020-21 ALA president Julius Jefferson; executive director of ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office Kathi Kromer, and Skip Dye of United for Libraries and Penguin Random House.

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