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Nature When We Most Need It: Nikki Grimes Guest Posts in a Time of COVID-19

“Too often, children’s books by black authors have been limited by the prison of the single story, the notion that all black people share a single lived experience, and that experience, generally portrayed as heavy or edgy, usually takes place within an inner city landscape, where few rivers run, few trees grow, and birdsong is the last thing on anybody’s mind. Light, joyful, or quiet stories about our deep engagement with nature, therefore, constitute a publishing space black authors have not been encouraged to enter—until now.” Nikki Grimes provides today’s guest post on her latest book.

What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit #3, edited by David Jacobson

Today’s post is for people who like to feel the pulse of what’s being published overseas. And since the Bologna Book Fair has been cancelled for 2020, consider this a tiny trip to other countries in the midst of an international lockdown.

Timeless: Tom’s Midnight Garden. Guest Post by Fred Guida

It’s guest post time again, and Fred Guida has returned with another classic in mind. Remember Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce? Then take it away, Fred!

Guest Post: Wrestling with School Library Closures by J. F. Fox

There will come a time when this pandemic ends and we can get back to business as usual. Which is to say, the business of fighting to protect our school libraries and school librarians from the chopping block. Written before the arrival of COVID-19, author J.F. Fox’s piece here today is no less timely for what it has to say.

Guest Post: What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit #2.

David Jacobson comes to recount the creation of the Japan-China-Korea Peace Picture Book Project. This includes the books in the series and the issues faced in the three countries in this ambitious and sensitive project.

In Which the Proprietor of This Blog Allows One Christian McKay Heidicker to Speak His Piece

Today we welcome newly minted Newbery Honor winning author Chrstian McKay Heidicker to talk about his latest book. And no. It does not involve a psychotic Beatrix Potter . . . . yet.

Guest Post: Tom Lichtenheld Gives Us a Peek Into “When My Brother Gets Home”

When My Brother Gets Home has already bagged a couple starred reviews and it’s coming out today. To celebrate, creator Tom Lichtenheld gives us a bit on the backstory of how it all went down.

Putting the Big Bang In Its Place: Guest Post by Marissa Moss

The other day publisher and author Marissa Moss of Creston Books sent me an interesting query. We all know that the bar has risen for nonfiction authors and even, to a certain extent, illustrators of children’s books. But what is the role of the publisher in all this? A guest post on accuracy in nonfiction.

Guest Post – What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit

Today we begin a series of posts on outstanding children’s books that have yet to be published in English. We hope to inspire librarians who want to spruce up their international collections, publishers who are looking for exceptional work to translate, or teachers who want to encourage their bilingual pupils to be readers. Or those of you who just like darn good books.

Resources for Immigration: Links for High School Students

The students of Marc Aronson’s Rutgers Masters’s class on Young Adults, Reading, and Literacy set out to curate resources for high school students related to immigration. Take a look at them for yourself and pass them on to a teacher you know.

Guest Post – Beyond 3 Percent: Translated Children’s Literature in the U.S.

86% of translations are published by small presses. What is the state of children’s literature today and how should it change? David Jacobson guests with some answers.

Guest Post: Doing Impossible Things: Ideas for Supporting Children in Foster Care by Lindsay Lackey

Today I’m bowing out and letting an author with some chops take the reins. Ms. Lindsay Lackey, to be precise. As you may be aware, she has a book out this year called All the Impossible Things. To write this book, Lackey was inspired by her aunt and uncle. Today she talks a bit about them, and about the simple, small acts that you can do to uplift a child in foster care.

Guest Post: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Wants YOU!

I’m on vacation so while I’m away it appears that James Kennedy has hijacked my blog! Not to worry. He’s done it for a very worthy cause. Observe!

Guest Post: What to Do When Disaster Destroys Your Books and How to Harness Social Media for Good

How many of us prepare for what to do if an act of nature claims our materials, our space, even our jobs? Together, teacher Stacey Beam and author April Henry have penned an article on what happened when the worst hit too close to home and what you can do if it happens to you.

This Memorial Day, Create a Military History Book Club

Featuring a LibGuide created for librarians interested in creating a military history book club. “The purpose of these clubs is neither to encourage nor to discourage military service. Rather, it is to provide easy-to-implement opportunities for young people to explore an interest they already have, making use of resources in the library, shared discussions, and adult guidance to deepen their understanding.”