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21st Century Storytelling: More W.A.R. Nominees for Person of the Year

“Throughout my life I have seen that fiction is a far better way of building understanding than statistics. Only fiction can bring you fully into someone’s world, can let you see through a different pair of eyes. And I wanted readers to see through this narrator, not to feel sorry for him, and not even to root for him, but to try to imagine his lifetime journey.” -Ira Socol (SpeEdChange)

“I’ve also used my platform as an author to promote a diversity of fellow children’s-YA book creators and their works. My official author site features Children’s & YA Literature Resources, including a substantial section on multiculturalism, offering bibliographies, articles, and related resources of interest to educators. Beyond that, my children’s-YA writer blog, Cynsations, is inclusive of its celebration of the field.” -Cynthia Leitich Smith

“Writing became my way to give back. As a journalist, I made it my mission to write stories about people whose voices were too seldom heard. I wrote about young African-American men who attended the Million Man March, Native American elders passing on important traditions, a Latino mom who scrimped to give her daughter the quinceanera she never had.

That’s part of my mission as a children’s book author too. I write to turn moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. I write to give children reflections of their lives. I write stories that I never read growing up.” -Kelly Starling Lyons


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