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Guest Post: Nonfiction for the Win! Choosing Books Kids Will Love by Melissa Stewart, Cynthia Levinson, and Jennifer Swanson

Melissa Stewart was kind enough to answer my questions about her book 5 Kinds of Nonfiction last week. Now she returns with Cynthia Levinson, and Jennifer Swanson to discuss a recent news article that had some real gaps.

What’s Your Hair Story? Guest Post by NoNieqa Ramos and Friends

In today’s guest post, NoNieqa Ramos asked friends and family from within and without the kid lit community to share their hair stories and tips with her. You will love what she received.

The Middle Grade Spotify Playlist: A “The Best Worst Summer” Guest Post

Elizabeth Eulberg guest posts and shares a VERY 1989 Spotify playlist to accompay her latest book THE BEST WORST SUMMER.

Stand Aside, Summer Reading. Winter Reading Takes the Stage

Summer Reading seems far away now. Why not shake things up with a Winter Reading program instead? Four students conjured up a program for you, and are allowing me to post it today. Take a gander and get some ideas!

Frog and Toad Were More Than Friends: A Guest Post by Kyle Lukoff

“While I don’t want queerness to always be relegated to the shadows, overhead lighting doesn’t do anyone any favors, either.” Kyle Lukoff tells us tales of Frogs and Toads, secret rooms, and the longstanding tradition of queer values in children’s literature.

The Default in Our Stars: A Guest Post by Linda Sue Park

What perpetuates the White Default in children’s book reviews? Linda Sue Park examines what it means when review journals say they’ll only mention ethnicity, “when race is a factor” in a title.

Edi Campbell – The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

Edi Campbell breaks down the beauty and necessity of The Talk, edited by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson.

Edi Campbell: Two Reviews

Toni Morrison once said that literary discourse should transform “from the racial object to the racial subject; from the described and imagined to the describers and imaginers; from the serving to the served.” Today Edi Campbell critiques beyond literary devices and provides a review based in critical literary analysis.

Edi Campbell – Author Interview: Kim Johnson

Today Edi interviews University of Oregon’s Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and author of the debut YA novel THIS IS MY AMERICA, which Nic Stone called “incredible and searing.”

Edi Campbell: Pass the Hope

Disrupting children’s books. Resisting oppression on the page. Teaching kids to be better than we are. Edith Campbell begins her series of guest posts.

#passthemic: Edith Campbell Takes Over A Fuse #8 Production for the Week

I am pleased to announce that this week you’re going to hear an entirely different voice here at the blog A Fuse #8 Production. In the spirit of #passthemic, where white people give over their platforms to people that deserve a wider audience, I am giving over full reign of this site to Edith Campbell.

Guest Post: What We’re Missing #4 by David Jacobson

Once more guest poster David Jacobson has returned to give us the 411 on international works of children’s literature that you undoubtedly have NOT encountered before.

Guest Post: The Child is Mother of the Woman – Using Archival Clues to Write Picture Book Biographies

Amy Alznauer returns to the blog to discuss new issues in the realm of writing nonfiction for kids, particularly as they pertain to one Flannery O’Connor.

Nature When We Most Need It: Nikki Grimes Guest Posts in a Time of COVID-19

“Too often, children’s books by black authors have been limited by the prison of the single story, the notion that all black people share a single lived experience, and that experience, generally portrayed as heavy or edgy, usually takes place within an inner city landscape, where few rivers run, few trees grow, and birdsong is the last thing on anybody’s mind. Light, joyful, or quiet stories about our deep engagement with nature, therefore, constitute a publishing space black authors have not been encouraged to enter—until now.” Nikki Grimes provides today’s guest post on her latest book.

What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit #3, edited by David Jacobson

Today’s post is for people who like to feel the pulse of what’s being published overseas. And since the Bologna Book Fair has been cancelled for 2020, consider this a tiny trip to other countries in the midst of an international lockdown.