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Writers Against Racism: JINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith


My 2-year old niece is with me today and she grabbed this book, JINGLE DANCER, by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Morrow Junior Books/Harper Collins, NY 2000) and said, ” Aunty, TEACH ME! TEACH ME!”  And this fall, you’ll want to teach your students how to get their ‘jingle’ dance on from this contemporary Native American children’s story. “As Moon […]

Writers Against Racism: A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT by Zetta Elliott


Like Anne Frank, Genna Colon, in Zetta Elliott’s A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT (Rosetta Pres, 2008),  has left an indelible mark on me.  It’s speculative fiction at its best. It’s also a story that will take any teenager (and adult) on the ride of her life! Just watch the trailer. Genna has dreams. She’s smart. And Zetta has masterfully woven an […]

Writers Against Racism: Lady Q – The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen


I remember my days as a news producer for WCBS-TV in New York and covering gang related stories, which always tended to focus around drugs and violence. Never did I profile the people in the gang. Maybe it was fear. I don’t know. But at that time, it really didn’t matter to me. I was […]

Writers Against Racism: Bethany Hegedus


Bethany Hegedus is the author of Between Us Baxters named a Best Book of 2009 (starred) by the Bank Street Awards Committee. Her new novel, Truth with a Capital T, releases this October. Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person. As a twelve-year-old, I moved from a suburb of Chicago […]

Writers Against Racism: Gwendolyn Hooks

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Gwendolyn Hooks is the author of eleven books and has six more scheduled for 2011. Her latest are the Pet Club series: The Best Trick, The Noisy Night, Find the Cat, and Pets at the Party.  Gwendolyn lives in Oklahoma City. Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person. I spent part […]

Writers Against Racism: A Conversation About Books


If you are in the NYC area and would like to join ME for a conversation about books – with librarians and diversity directors – please email me. Here’s the invitation that was sent out to private schools.  While this is a free invitation, seats are limited, and are on a first come first served basis. Diversity […]