Fear not! The Writers Against Racism series has not ended.
For me, it feels like there are so many knots to untangle, and so much to understand. I guess you can you sense my disappointment that not ONE publisher I reached out to responded. I wonder why?
It was important to first identify the insidiousness, yet wide-range of writers who have experienced racism. And what I learned in a nutshell: we have writers of color working WAY TOO HARD to get their books published - and the few who are being published - are finding their books are not the first (if at all) to be listed on students’ reading lists. I found that out this summer. Then there are other authors whose books can serve as powerful teaching tools to explain the roots of racism, and the way things were, and they too are being overlooked. I guess the truths about history are not always welcome…especially in schools! Hence the W.A.R. series, and now the W.A.R. Blogroll.
The following blogroll will be listed on the sidebar of Bowllan’s Blog in the coming days. Take a look, and if you know of any more blog(s) that should be added to the series, please leave me a note in the comment section.
Here are the W.A.R. as they appeared in the series. This also gives me another opportunity to thank each person for sharing their experiences.
Tockla’s World of Children’s Literature by Laura Atkins
Nnedi’s Wahala Zone Blog by Nnedi Okorafor
BronzeWord Latino Authors by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández
Black-Eyed Susan by LaTonya M. Baldwin, known as “Susan”
The Art of Jesse Watson by Jesse Joshua Watson
Reading in Color by Teen Writer, Arianna (aka Miss Attitude)
TheHappyNappyBookseller by Doret
Mary Ann Rodman’s blog (as one of the six authors) at Teaching Authors
Don Tate @ The Brown Bookshelf
American Indians in Children’s Literature by Debbie Reese
Chica Luna Productions by Sofia Quintero
Flip the Page: A No-Hype Book Blog by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Crazy Quilts by Edith Campbell
Welcome to Mitali’s Fire Escape! by Mitali Perkins
Fledgling the sky’s the limit by Zetta Elliott
School Library Journal’s, Bowllan’s Blog by Amy Bowllan