I didn’t have much money. What I had was the burning desire to fill a big void in my community: the need for multicultural children’s books, including bilingual books. The desire to put the books I love into the hands of the readers looking for them. The desire to support diversity-focused small presses and independent … Continue reading #MCRPop: The Little Bookstore That Could
Favorite quote: “Although my reasons for leaving could be many, You played no part in any.” I Didn’t Leave Because of You, written by Tyechia White, and illustrated by Mary Manning, is a treasure I found at my local public library. The book tastes bittersweet. While sprinkled with love and further reassurances of love, it … Continue reading Picture Book Review: I Didn’t Leave Because of You, by Tyechia White, Illus. Mary Manning
It’s been a while. Much has happened since I unofficially went on hiatus from academia, blogging and writing to take care of my family, only re-posting, or hosting a honorable guest over the past years. For reasons beyond my understanding, this blog has a life of its own... [continue reading]
Sometimes I’m included on a panel proposal for a conference. Like most authors, I have absolutely no idea why one proposal is accepted, while another is rejected, but the real mystery of panels is titles. Many of them try to say something about diversity, but I’m not always sure exactly which aspect of diversity is … Continue reading Guest Post: Cuba for Beginners, by 2017-2019 National Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle
Welcome back! Summer is flying by and we’ve got a lot of wonderful South Asian Kidlit books coming out in the next few months. It is wonderful to the see the breadth of South Asian books that are coming out from real-world stories, to contemporary, and fantasy. Last week, I was interviewed by Kristi at the Winged Pen about diversity in children’s literature. Come find out my thoughts on the current state and areas where I think there needs to be more focus.
Today I bring you nine titles (2 PB, 4 MG, 4 YA) that are being released in the second-half of 2017. What’s cool is that we have a few returnees! Folks that were featured in previous round-up posts! 🙂 These books are traditionally published and are either by a South Asian author, contains a South Asian Main Character, or involves South Asian culture. The books are…
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Here it is! My LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature reading list for summer 2017!
Almost-Final Reading List (in alphabetical order)
- Alko, Selina. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
- Austrian, J.J.. Illustrated by Mike Curato. Worm Loves Worm
- Budhos, Marina. Watched
- Charleyboy, Lisa and Mary Beth Leatherdale (eds.) Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
- Cohn, Diana. Illustrated by Francisco Delgado. ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes We Can! Janitor Strike in LA
- Elliott, Zetta. A Wish After Midnight
- Favilli, Elena. Illustrated by Francesca Cavallo. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
- Friedman, Darlene. Illustrated by Roger Roth. Star of the Week
- Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here
- Gonzalez, Maya Christina. Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol
- Harris, Duchess and Sue Bradford Edwards. Hidden Human Computers
- Herrington, John. Mission to Space
- Jensen, Kelly (ed.) Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
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List of Native Americans and authors of Color making their debut in 2017, with book covers and release dates.