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Writers Against Racism: Places in the Heart (Revisited)

In case you missed SLJ writer, Rick Margolis’s, Places in the Heart: Celebrating Black History Month, CLICK HERE. He’s right when he opens the article with, “Talk about hitting the lottery.”  It is indeed a find! Margolis writes, “That’s how we felt when we asked some of the top kids’ book creators to choose their favorite children’s book about the black […]

Writers Against Racism: The Brown Bookshelf…28 Days Later


My morning has been spent reading through The Brown Bookshelf’s “month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans.”    If there are schools and libraries out there, looking to diversify their shelves, and not just during the month of FEBRUARY – you’ll definitely want to […]

Writers Against Racism: ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia

one crazy summer

I’m so excited! I was asked to moderate SLJ’s Day of Dialog, which they host prior to  the opening of Book Expo America, on May 23; details to follow. Interestingly enough and later that day, I am hosting another panel at The Hewitt School: A Conversation About Books Pt2. One of the SLJ panelists (hopefuls) is Rita […]

Writers Against Racism: Nathalie Mvondo

Nathalie Mvondo

Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person. I have a strong mother, a woman with a strong faith and personality. When I was seven she taught me to defend myself… by threatening to beat the crap out of me if I ever came home in tears again (bullying). Her argument […]

Writers Against Racism: George E Stanley’s W.A.R. Biography

I agree with Amy that teachers should be challenged to incorporate truthful, historical accounts through their fiction selections to get students talking about race: about how it has divided us as a nation for centuries and about how young people can solve the racial problems that their parents and grandparents haven’t been able to solve.” (Dr. […]

Writers Against Racism: Inspiration for “The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred”


How Samantha Vamos ‘Cooked Up’  The Cazuela The idea for The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred occurred to me one wintry, weekend morning.  I was in the kitchen gathering ingredients to make pancakes and discovered that I lacked both milk and eggs.  At the time, my husband and I lived in Chicago, Illinois and […]

Writers Against Racism: George Stanley on KSWO in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Beverly Hererra, a former student of George Stanley (and a friend of mine through George), sent me an email with a news segment that featured a tribute to George.

Writers Against Racism: Tameka Fryer Brown

George’s untimely passing did one thing for me it reenforced the importance of keeping the Writers Against Racism movement going. He would have wanted it this way. Hence the title change. Here’s a book trailer from W.A.R., Tameka Fryer Brown’s, AROUND OUR WAY.

21st Century Storytelling: Remembering George E. Stanley


Today is George’s funeral service, so I thought it fitting to re-post an interview I had with him back in July of 2009. I am honored to present to you my interview with well-known author, educator, and my new friend, Dr. George E. Stanley. George’s latest and daring novel, Night Fires (ALADDIN, Simon & Schuster, 2009), quite […]

21st Century Storytelling: Author George Stanley Dies

RIP, George

George was the W.A.R. pioneer. It’s 5:41 am and I just received the sad news about my good friend and my staunch supporter for W.A.R., author George Stanley.  My deepest condolences to his wife and two sons.  Thank you, B Herrera, for letting me know of George’s passing. B Herrera says: February 10, 2011 at 3:42 […]