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21st Century Storytelling: W.A.R. Person of the Year (more nominees)

“Literature, and in very special ways, children’s literature, offers unique opportunities for making meaning and crossing borders. Readers can both be safe and take risks when they’re in a relationship with a book, and the reading of books helps us read the world and each other in new and different ways.  Literature can transform ways of thinking and habits of mind, dialogue, and ultimately how we live.  The stories of those who are both like and unlike ourselves expand our imaginations and enrich our lives; they can go a long way toward strengthening individuals and communities; they are priceless gifts.” -(Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich)

“Literature is, for many people, their first introduction to the world outside their geographical boundaries. It can serve as a way for someone to test theories without actually having to do those things themselves. Readers can watch and analyze what a character does in a safe environment.  Often – if it’s a good book – they pass it along to friends, compare notes, start discussions and debate the merits and drawbacks of the text.” -(Christine Taylor-Butler)

“Well, my books speak for the truth that I’ve brought up against racism. The Secret of Gumbo Grove, set in the 1980s, reveals how a town’s history should include every population and not just one. Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!, set in the 1980s, reveals how racist attitudes found in school textbooks, books in general, and some teachers’ good intentions can harm African American children. In turn, this negative attitude can cause children to hate themselves because they are not part of the “dominant” population.” -(Eleanora E.Tate)