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Writers Against Racism: Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña’s debut novel, Ball Don’t Lie, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick and is soon to be released as a motion picture starring Ludacris, Nick Cannon, Emelie de Ravin, Grayson Boucher, and Rosanna Arquette (based on the screenplay he co-wrote with director Brin Hill).                    [...]

Beat Black Kids by Asadah Kirkland

"It’s Time to Stop Beating Black Kids!" This is Asadah’s message to parents, and it’s one that resonates loudly for me because my father’s motto, "spare the rod…"  So when I was asked to review Asadah Kirkland’s, Beat Black Kids, at first I hesitated. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back in time. I wasn’t sure if I [...]

The Three Monkey Brothers by Dani Silberman

Writers Against Racism WILL continue on Monday. I did, however, want to send a special thank you to the writers/educators and illustrator who participated this past week. Your voices, and your stories are becoming the words on the new pages of today’s history books.  And to those who had to wait for a review and/or a story idea, [...]

Writers Against Racism: Mayra Lazara Dole

I don’t know what it’s like to be black.        BUT, I had a gun to my head at age fourteen simply because I was in love with another girl. Before I ever even made love with a girl, I was hated, ostracized, thought of as subhuman, sinful, and morally degraded by Catholic school girlfriends, neighbors, [...]

Writers Against Racism: Doret

Doret has always loved reading. She’s been a bookseller for almost 10 years and still enjoys connecting people with books they will love. When she started blogging at The Happy Nappy Bookseller over a year ago, she noticed that great books featuring people of color were being ignored. She hopes that the people who visit her store and/or [...]

Writers Against Racism: Teen Writer, Arianna (aka Miss Attitude)

Arianna (aka Miss Attitude): I’m an Afro-Latina teenager in high school who loves to read and speak my mind.                                                   I’m shy but opinionated (what a contrast!). My blog is Reading in Color and it’s dedicated to reviewing YA books about people of color.                                                     Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a [...]

Writers Against Racism: Jesse Joshua Watson

His illustrations have been featured in magazines, journals, art publications, CD covers and children’s books, including the NY Times Bestselling Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, American Library Association’s Notable Chess Rumble by G. Neri, the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series by Sharon Draper and These Things I Wish by Lee [...]

Writers Against Racism: LaTonya M. Baldwin "Susan"

LaTonya M. Baldwin, known as “Susan” to most of her readership, blogs at Black-Eyed Susan’s and is the     founder of Color Online, a lit study group for teens and young women at a local non-profit. She initially created Color Online, the blog, as way to promote the local group and to teach teens how to use [...]

Writers Against Racism: Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández

“Books that tell stories about a child’s own unique history becomes a liberating force for children’s creativity while validating them in the larger society.” -Javier J. Silva, Director of Communication, Latino Institute, Chicago, IL                 Jo Ann Hernández is an award-winning author of White Bread Competition (Piñata Books, 1997) and The Throwaway Piece  (Arte Publico Press). At her blog, [...]

Writers Against Racism: Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of Nigerian descent. Her novels include Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the 2008 Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature) and The Shadow Speaker (An NAACP Image Award Nominee).                             Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.   I had [...]