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
My Birthday Is September Eleven and Other Short Stories… A book for children and adults, so we never forget 9/11. On Sunday, September 11, people across the country will pause to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It’s important that we tell our children about that day, especially kids who were very small, and those … Continue reading Guest Post Announcement: MY BIRTHDAY IS SEPTEMBER 11 AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, by Nicole Weaver
From Nathalie Hi everyone, hope this post finds you well, reading a ton, writing and illustrating even more, if you've embarked on a publishing journey. Talking of which, allow me to briefly introduce you to Mira Reisberg, who is a friend and has been my art teacher this year. Mira has a way of stirring … Continue reading Guets Post: Dr. Mira Reisberg, PhD, on the Invisibility of People of Color
Note: Heartfelt thanks to Torrey Maldonado, whose article inspired me to start the Father's Day series. This is a bit longer than a regular post, but you will be glad you read. FatherLESS Days is also featured on The Latina Book Club blog. "Your father is dead. He's gone." That's what my mother told me … Continue reading GUEST POST: Poppa Was A Rolling Stone, by Torrey Maldonado
As soon as I heard about the Million Man March, I knew I had to go. My mission as a writer was to give voice to people whose stories too often go unsung. Here was the chance to feature young, African-American men and talk to them about what this March meant and why they wanted to come together and be counted.
In July of 1992, a group of Native American writers and storytellers convened in Norman, Oklahoma. As a result, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers was formed the following year. Today, Wordcraft Circle has active members from forty states, three Canadian provinces, and two countries representing more than 135 sovereign Indigenous Nations/tribes. Wordcraft … Continue reading GUEST POST: Inside the Story Circle, by Linda Boyden
Let's begin with an exercise, shall we? 1. Name three Asian authors of children's books. 2. Name three Asian illustrators of children's books. 3. Name folk heroes or folk stories from three different Asian countries. 4. Name three African authors of children's books. 5. Name three African illustrators of children's books. 6. Name folk heroes … Continue reading GUEST POST: What I Learned at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, by Tarie Sabido