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South Asian Kidlit Books in 2017 – Part 2

Originally posted on Flowering Minds:
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…

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2017 LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature

Originally posted on sarahpark.com:
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…

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Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

Originally posted on sarahpark.com:
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 Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now…

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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 I did point out that my offerings would avoid the typical fare of Black children’s…

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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 inside scoop on the creation of her new chapter book series. Our conversation went as follows: ? BBS:…

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Is It Too Late? Happy New Year + Blog’s Numbers + Ivory Coast Music

There, I said it in the title. And I mean it, may this year be the happiest and have the most enjoyable shape we can sculpt it into. May the brush of diversity keep adding its meaningful hues to our cultural landscape. I often get asked about this blog’s numbers…