April 19, 2018

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“Teaching For Black Lives” Brings Perspective and a Resource to Educators | News Bites

Find out the best teaching programs in the country, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ); the choices for New York City’s “One Book, One New York” campaign; and who won the Lippincott Award this year.

Erin Entrada Kelly Talks Newbery Award And Filipino Storytelling Tradition

The author’s character-building approach in “Across the Universe” takes her readers on an honest, authentic journey.

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“Real Friends,” “Spill Zone” Among Inaugural Graphic Literature Award Nominees

In an attempt to bring more “legitimacy and respect” to comics and graphic novels, graphic literature gets its own awards.

‘Read Woke’ School Reading Challenge Makes an Impact

A school librarian’s reading initiative highlights social justice.

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Cosplay Creation with Elementary Students

Cosplay builds confidence and critical thinking. It can also invite discussion about gender stereotypes, body shaming, media representations, and more.

Woodson named 2018 Laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature has earned another honor.

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery Written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Illustrated by Bryan Collier Published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-4387-6 Grades K-5 Book Review “Ernest looked around his neighborhood. It no longer appeared ordinary. In the movement […]

Kid Lit Has a Bunny Battle

Comedian John Oliver created a book about Vice President Mike Pence’s family pet to challenge the one written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence.

Charter Schools, Segregation, and School Library Access

Who loses? An educational policy analyst looks at the data on school libraries, the charter and choice movement, and questions about racial equity.

Black Girls’ Literacies: Merging Theory and Practice

Reporting on the “state of the union” for Black girls and women in our society, the author offers suggestions on how educators can support them.

Award-Winning Arts Education for Kids of All Abilities

A New York library’s reading and creativity program for kids welcomes those whose disabilities may prevent them from attending school with their community peers.

A Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit

A list of videos, articles, and other resources to help librarians be more culturally literate.

#KidLitWomen Seeks Solutions to Gender Inequity in Children’s Publishing

It was time to stop complaining and do something about gender inequity in children’s publishing, so #kidlitwomen was born to highlight issues and offer solutions every day of Women’s History Month.

Latinx Authors Discuss Successes, Continued Challenges

At a Bank Street conference, Latinx authors and illustrators agreed that the community has made strides and connected with readers, but voices still need to be amplified.

Grants, Book Drive and a Reading Challenge | News Bites

Information about upcoming We Need Diverse Books internship grants, Native American enhancement grants, the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge, and more.

Sherman Alexie Breaks Silence on Sexual Harassment Allegations

In his first public statement about sexual harassment allegations, the author apologized for behavior, while denying some specific accusations and claiming a lack of memory on others.

Incarcerated Teens Write Graphic Novels

Students at Birchwood High School, a South Carolina juvenile justice facility, wrote “AIDS in the End Zone” and “Shootout: A Tale from the Streets.”

Bringing Black Lives Matter Movement to School

Educators navigated tough conversations and highlighted issues such as systemic racism during the national Black Lives Matter at School week of action.

Book Review: Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock

Publisher’s description Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, […]

The 2018 In the Margins Book Awards Announced

The In the Margins Book Awards has revealed the top picks from books published in 2016 and 2017 that appeal to the reading needs and wants of marginalized teens.