Posts Tagged "Children’s Books"

Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in For Educators, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

On April 30, I presented my workshop, “Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race,” for the Massachusetts School Library Association conference in Amherst. Here is the title and resource list I’ve developed for the workshop. Many of the titles are older ones that I’ve used for years; they are intended as prototypes so that librarians, teachers and parents can apply these categories to other, more recent titles as well.       BOOKS AS BRIDGES Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race: A Bibliography developed by Krista Aronson and...

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Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

The last six+ months have been a wild, often flat-out run, during which I: promoted my Fall 2015 title, I’m New Here (Charlesbridge); launched my Spring 2016 title, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! (Abrams); finished editing my Fall 2016 title, Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! (Abrams); revised my Spring 2017 YA novel, In the Shadow of the Sun (Scholastic/Arthur Levine); traveled for an author visit to Daegu International School – in my childhood home of Daegu, Korea! – and reunions with old friends and extended family; did local and regional author visits at Narragansett...

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NPR story

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on NPR story

NPR story

This morning, NPR’s Morning Edition included a story, “As Demographics Shift, Kids’ Books Stay Stubbornly White,” about the difficulty of finding books depicting children of color. Good to see that the topic we’ve been discussing within the children’s book world may be going more mainstream. As I commented in response to the story, there’s a simple solution: Anyone who is concerned should go to the bookstore, find a beautiful book about a child of color, and buy it!  Then keep going back and buying, or asking the bookseller for, more books featuring...

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Class Talk I

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 2 comments

Class Talk I

For the White Privilege Conference earlier this month, I was asked to redesign my workshop, “Using Children’s Books to Talk about Race,” to focus on talking about class, in line with the conference’s focus, “The Color of Money.” Here’s the description of the new workshop I presented: Talk About Class: Using Children’s Books to Spark Conversations Socioeconomic class in the U.S. can be even harder to talk about than race, and the silences leave children absorbing unchallenged messages from the dominant culture. Depictions of economic realities...

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Funded!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Funded!

Funded!

I’m delighted to announce that the project I shared this spring, I’m Your Neighbor Books, has just received a grant from the Maine Humanities Council! The grant is seed money for our local launch of the project, a community read co-sponsored with the Portland Public Library, “I’m Your Neighbor Portland.” I’m Your Neighbor Books promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving...

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