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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 minutes and 45 seconds into the first episode; at that point I realized that I… Continue reading Marvel’s Luke Cage: UPS ain’t the only brown that delivers.


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 Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now…


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

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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 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 from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom have teamed up to… Continue reading Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day!


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:…