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Writers Against Racism: A Michael Jackson Tribute From Students at PS 22

Joyce McGreevy made my morning! I was feeling a little down, thinking about the people who are suffering in the Gulf, the missing children like – Kyron Horman, and just the state of the world. Anyway, Joyce must have psychic powers because she was kind enough  to send me this uplifting video of students at PS 22 singing, […]

Writers Against Racism: Tenzin Dorjee, the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet

As the Director of Diversity at my school, I’m often invited to meet people from all parts of the world. These speakers are passionate about issues affecting our young people and bring the real world into the classroom. Tenzin Dorjee, the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, recently spoke to our students about the history […]

Writers Against Racism: Preparing for NDLC

Ironically, my nephew’s wedding is this weekend in Washington DC., as is the ALA conference!!!  Hmmmm…maybe I’ll be able to sneak out from the festivities and do some snooping around at the Convention Center.  PLEASE don’t tell anyone my plans. And while my colleagues are preparing for ALA, my energies today are focused on preparing a dynamic presentation for […]

Writers Against Racism: We’re On musings!


Just in case you missed it, Nilki Benitez, over at musings, was kind enough to profile W.A.R!  It’s a fantastic post with wonderful comments. Even my mom dropped by. I called her and said, mom, you don’t even read MY blog and you’re leaving anonymous comments!  Nilki writes… “I met Amy Bowllan through her wonderful blog […]

Writers Against Racism: Police Confrontation Press Conference Lesson Plan

There are two sides to every story. Right? “People are denying the plight of poor people, the plight of people of color, the plight of anybody that’s different that comes in contact with law enforcement. A change needs to happen.” (by Tim Haeck via   “When an officer has been assaulted, we are taught […]

Writers Against Racism: Video Clips From BEA 2010

BEA (delayed) coverage continues…Rita Wise and Shawn Buchanan were most gracious in allowing me to interview them at this year’s BookExpo. Again, my apologies for the delay, as we all are plodding along  with this new blog platform and… it AIN’T BEEN EASY! Here’s a short collection of clips from your resident butinski blogger.

Writers Against Racism: Cynthia Ballenger & Lift Every Voice Books

If you’ll accept my apologies… I met some truly passionate and dedicated authors, vendors and onlookers at this year’s BookExpo. Unfortunately, the new blog migration was occurring at the same time, so I do apologize for the time delay with postings.   “Cynthia Ballenger is the Acquisitions Manager for Lift Every Voice, a division arm of Moody Publishers […]

Writers Against Racism: Main Characters with Disabilities and Differences

I’m sending major kudos to the fine folks over at Bank Street Bookstore for compiling this fantastic book list.  All of the main characters in these books have some sort of disability, which is a great way to teach students how to learn about differences. Wouldn’t these be excellent suggestions for teachers to add to their summer reading […]

Writers Against Racism: Summer Reading Lists For Parents

It’s “that MOST WONDERFUL time of the year!” <– Great commercial And as teachers are now underway, preparing all the trimmings for a bountiful list of summer reading materials for students, my recommendation is FOR YOU to create your own list, and check it twice. What on earth is Bowllan talkin’ about?! Well, in an […]

Writers Against Racism: 2010 NDLC Registration

Have you registered yet for the 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference at Princeton University? I’m one of the panel speakers and would LOVE to have you join in on our discussion. Amy Bowllan who writes as a community blogger on the School Library Journal website will discuss how blogging about a thought can grow into […]