Author Archives: Nathalie Mvondo

About Nathalie Mvondo

Nathalie Mvondo lives in Northern California and studies anthropology and nutrition. She is a writer and a blogger.

Marvel’s Luke Cage: UPS ain’t the only brown that delivers.

This post is merely an attempt to describe my last Netflix viewing experience. I like to start my reviews (of books or else) with a quote that stood out and inspired me, but with Marvel’s Luke Cage I admitted defeat 17 … Continue reading

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Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

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At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed…

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I’ve been largely off social media lately. It’s not unusual for me to go underground for periods of time to deal with work and/or life stuff. But as I was underground this week, I missed…

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28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball

Originally posted on Scott Woods Makes Lists:
A few years ago I was asked by a local TV station to suggest some books for children in honor of Black History Month. Being a Black librarian I relished the opportunity, but…

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Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Today is the day, join the kid lit community in celebrating cultural diversity in children’s books. The festivities take place here: About Multicultural Chidlren’s Book Day, as stated on the group’s website: Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr … Continue reading

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Happy Book Birthday, Crystal Allen!

Oh Mylanta…She’s back! We are pleased as peanut brittle to celebrate the latest, greatest release from author and BBS contributor, Crystal Allen, also known as The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown (Balzer and Bray). ? We asked Crystal for some…

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On The Depiction of Slavery in Picture Books

“The past is never dead. In fact, it’s not even past.” – Faulkner, William. Requiem for a Nun. New York: Random House, 1951. The following two paragraphs were added two hours after the initial publication of this post. Turns out … Continue reading

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