Guest Post: Cuba for Beginners, by 2017-2019 National Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle

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

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 I wasn't quite done yet. I'm not saying there's only one way to depict slavery … Continue reading On The Depiction of Slavery in Picture Books

COLOR ONLINE: Celebrating Women Writers Who Make History ~ Doret’s Models (The Happy Nappy Bookseller)

Bonjour! Re: Last week's post: "I’m sure most of you are familiar with the fabulous website COLOR ONLINE, a blog that “focuses on women writers of color for adults YA and children,” that is dedicated to empowering young women and children. If not, make sure to click and read away. Color Online regularly features interviews, … Continue reading COLOR ONLINE: Celebrating Women Writers Who Make History ~ Doret’s Models (The Happy Nappy Bookseller)

COLOR ONLINE: Celebrating Women Writers Who Make History ~ Ari’s Model (Reading in Color)

Bonjour! Re: Last week's post: "I’m sure most of you are familiar with the fabulous website COLOR ONLINE, a blog that “focuses on women writers of color for adults YA and children,” that is dedicated to empowering young women and children. If not, make sure to click and read away. Color Online regularly features interviews, … Continue reading COLOR ONLINE: Celebrating Women Writers Who Make History ~ Ari’s Model (Reading in Color)

COLOR ONLINE: Celebrating Women Writers Who Make History ~ Vasilly (1330V)’s Models

Hi everyone! I'm sure most of you are familiar with the fabulous website COLOR ONLINE, a blog that "focuses on women writers of color for adults YA and children," that is dedicated to empowering young women and children. If not, make sure to click and read away. Color Online regularly features interviews, book reviews, giveaways … Continue reading COLOR ONLINE: Celebrating Women Writers Who Make History ~ Vasilly (1330V)’s Models

Black History Month Ends?

Hi everyone, welcome to the last official day of Black History Month; official because in my opinion the celebration of the Black heritage, as with any other heritage month, never really begins and never really ends. Don't we all celebrate our history year long? In case you missed it, I'd like to share some amazing … Continue reading Black History Month Ends?

Multicultural Valentine’s Books

"Where, Ô where are thou, my colorful Valentine?" All jokes aside, this post is actually a cry for help. You see, I looove my public library. I'm continually amazed by its pretty good children's books collection, which features quite a culturally diverse cast of characters. So the other day, armed with my "special library bag", … Continue reading Multicultural Valentine’s Books