February 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Award-Winning Author Julius Lester Leaves Behind Storied Legacy

Lester, the legendary children’s book author, musician, and civil rights activist, died at his Massachusetts home on January 18.

Freedom in Congo Square | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 1-5 –This Coretta Scott King and Caldecott Honor Book by Carole Boston Weatherford, with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, really takes flight in the lively DVD version.

Library Police: Who Determines What Is “Appropriate”? | Scales on Censorship

Pat Scales responds to a kindergarten educator who questions the age-appropriateness of This One Summer as a Caldecott Honor Book and an English teacher who grapples with what to do about her student teacher from a Christian university who has asked to opt out of working with To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Folklore Author Robert San Souci Dies at 68

Acclaimed folklore author Robert San Souci, best known for his Caldecott-honored The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South, died December 19 following a head injury resulting from a fall. He was 68.

The Power of Pictures: A Visit with Bryan Collier

On the heels of being named the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award yet again, this time for I , Too, Am America, prolific illustrator/author Bryan Collier invited us into his home and studio in Hudson Valley, NY, for a tour and interview about his life and art.