Subscribe to SLJ
Bowllan's Blog
Inside Bowllan's Blog

Writers Against Racism: Neesha Meminger

Neesha Meminger is the author of Shine, Coconut Moon (Margaret K. McElderry, March 2009). She was born in India, raised in Toronto, and currently lives in New York City. She has taught undergraduate freshmen at college campuses in New York (both public and private), and loves expanding the hearts and minds of readers.  Briefly describe […]

Writers Against Racism: Laura Atkins

Writer/Educator, Laura Atkins, shares her racism experiences.    Laura Atkins‘ essay, “What’s the Story? ~ Reflections on White Privilege in the Publication of Children’s Books”     Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.   I was very aware of race/racism from a fairly young age, as my dad (especially) talked about it, […]

Authors on the Frontlines: Authors of Color Are MIA

Follow me now….              Last year I reviewed the book The Mzungu Boy (Groundwood, 2005), by Kenyan born author, Meja Mwangi, after working with a teacher who spent most of her summer preparing for the novel – which was new to her curriculum. You see, the language arts faculty members were eager to diversify their reading selections, so she […]

Today At The White House: "READ TO THE TOP!"

A Department of Education representative just gave me permission to repost their press release on the "READ TO THE TOP!" initiative happening today at noon. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR AND WHITE HOUSE SENIOR ADVISOR TO JOIN U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY FOR "READ TO THE TOP!" READING INITIATIVE U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by Secretary of […]

Authors On The Frontlines: Zetta Elliott, PhD

It’s my belief that 16-year old, Walter Curry Jr., would not have been the victim of a vicious hate crime (being doused with gasoline and set on fire), if the 16-year assailant had been properly educated. Properly means, learning about the world – through a lens – so he could see a clear picture. Possible? (hat tip-@kishizuka  & @editi ) Imagine […]

Schools and Textbooks update on vail


WAR: WRITERS AGAINST RACISM! by Dr. George Edward Stanley

An open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.  August 11, 2009   Attorney General Eric Holder U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001   Dear Attorney General Holder,   I want to start a WAR: WRITERS AGAINST RACISM!            When you spoke at the Department of Justice in February in […]

Euna and Laura Are Home: A New Chapter For Journalists

If you are a regular reader, you will know that most of my summer was spent thinking about Euna Lee and Laura Ling, and what life would must have been like for them in North Korea, as prisoners. We should keep in mind, these journalists were on a hunt to tell a story about mothers and […]