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Writers Against Racism: Resources For A Conversation About Books

Here is a collection of ALL of the resources I will be distributing today via packets. If you were unable to join me, FRET NOT!  I’m also trying to videotape the presentation.  More later. The symposium begins in an hour and there’s a ton left to do…

“The Hewitt School Symposium: A Conversation About Books

Hosted by Amy Bowllan

Special Guest: Author Zetta Elliott

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

4pm – 6:00pm

Supporters/Small book publishers

Salina BookShelf, Inc., Catalog

Shen’s Books

Lee & Low (presenting)

Just Us Books (presenting)


Donated Books For Raffles:

A Lion’s Mane by Navjot Kaur

Dzani Yazhi Naazbaa’ / Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home: A Story of the Navajo Long Walk by Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie

Proud to Be a Blacksheep by Roberta John

Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha R. Vamos

The Stone Cutter and the Navajo Maiden by Vee Brown


SHINE COCONUT MOON by Neesha Meminger

Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena

Books for Educators:

Claude Steele: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us

Courageous Conversations About Race

Useful blog posts:

Something like an open letter to the children’s publishing industry

Multicultural Literature Resources (Please check out the books and authors on this wonderful list compiled by Elizabeth Bluemle, A World Full of Color (and add to it!) comes via Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich.

Useful links from author Mitali Perkins’s blog:

Funny Books Featuring Multicultural Protagonists

A Dozen Great Multicultural Blogs

Tips on Selling “Multicultural” Kid/YA Books

Hunger Mountain Links:

Tanita Davis, “Reflected Faces”

Mitali Perkins, “Teens Do Judge a Book by Its Cover”

Nikki Grimes’s, “Color Me Perplexed”

Islam in the Classroom” by Lauren Barack (School Library Journal)

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

“Decolonizing the Imagination” by Zetta Elliott From the March/April 2010 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

Zetta Elliott’s 2010 Middle Grade & Young Adult Titles* by Black Authors in the US

This list was compiled by several black women book bloggers; you can follow their reviews and recommendations at The Happy Nappy Bookseller, Crazy Quilts, and Reading in Color.

  1. Noni Carter, GOOD FORTUNE (January; Simon & Schuster)
  2. Cecil R. Cross II, NEXT SEMESTER (January; Kimani)
  3. Angela Johnson, SWEET, HEREAFTER (January; Simon & Schuster)
  4. Stephanie Perry Moore, ENJOYING TRUE PEACE (January; Lift Every Voice)
  5. Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, 8TH GRADE SUPERZERO (January; Arthur Levine)
  6. Rita Williams-Garcia, ONE CRAZY SUMMER  (January; Harper)
  7. Dia Reeves, BLEEDING VIOLET (January; Simon Pulse)
  8. Simone Bryant, FABULOUS (February; Kimani)
  9. Sharon Flake, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ME (February; Hyperion)
  10. Patricia C. McKissack, et al., THE CLONE CODES (February; Scholastic)
  11. Walter Dean Myers, LOCKDOWN (February; Amistad)
  12. L. Divine, DRAMA HIGH: CULTURE CLASH (February; Dafina)
  13. Zetta Elliott, A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT (February; AmazonEncore)
  14. Nikki Carter, COOL LIKE THAT (March; Dafina)
  15. Sharon Draper, OUT OF MY MIND  (March; Atheneum)
  16. Varian Johnson, SAVING MADDIE (March; Delacorte)
  17. Jacquelin Thomas, SPLIT ENDS (March; Pocket)
  18. ReShonda Tate Billingsley, CAUGHT UP IN THE DRAMA (April; Gallery)
  19. Sofia Quintero, EFRAIN’S SECRET (April; Knopf)
  20. Ni-Ni Simone, TEENAGE LOVE AFFAIR (April; Dafina)
  21. Veronica Chambers, AMIGAS #1: FIFTEEN CANDLES (May; Hyperion)
  22. Traci L. Jones, FINDING MY PLACE (May; FSG)
  23. Stephanie Perry Moore, GET WHAT YOU GIVE (May; Dafina)
  24. L. Divine, DRAMA HIGH: COLD AS ICE (June; Dafina)
  25. Sundee Frazier, THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART (June; Delacorte)
  26. Lyah LeFlore, CAN’T HOLD ME DOWN (June; Simon Pulse)
  27. Monica McKayhan, STEP UP (June; Kimani)
  28. Rachel Renee Russell, DORK DIARIES 2 (June; Aladdin)
  29. Monica S. Baker, FREESTYLE (July; Schiffer)
  30. Travis Hunter, TWO THE HARD WAY (July; Dafina)
  31. Denene Milner, MISS YOU, MINA (July; Scholastic)
  32. Renee Watson, WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME (July; Bloomsbury)
  33. Ebony Joy Wilkins, SELLOUT (July; Scholastic)
  34. Artist Arthur, MANIFEST (August; Kimani)
  35. Tonya Bolden, FINDING FAMILY (August; Bloomsbury)
  36. Veronica Chambers, PLUS (August; Razorbill)
  37. Veronica Chambers, AMIGAS #2: LIGHTS, CAMERA, QUINCE (August; Hyperion)
  38. Nikki Grimes, A GIRL NAMED MISTER (August; Zondervan)
  39. Jewell Parker Rhodes, NINTH WARD (August; Little, Brown)
  40. Walter Dean Myers, THE CRUISERS (August; Scholastic)
  41. Nikki Carter, NOT A GOOD LOOK (September; Dafina)
  42. L. Divine, DRAMA HIGH: PUSHIN’ (September; Dafina)
  43. Ernest Hill, FAMILY TIES (September; Dafina)
  44. Earl Sewell, MYSELF AND I (September; Kimani)
  45. Lori Aurelia Williams, MAXINE BANKS IS GETTING MARRIED (September; Roaring Brook Press)
  46. BA Binns, PULL (October; Westside)
  47. Victoria Bond & TR Simon, ZORA & ME (October; Candlewick)
  48. Sherri Winston, PRESIDENT OF THE WHOLE FIFTH GRADE (October; Little, Brown)
  49. LA Banks, SHADOW WALKER (November; Sea Lion Books)
  50. ReShonda Tate Billingsley, DRAMA QUEENS (November; Gallery)
  51. Claudia Mair Burney, THE EXORSISTAH: X RETURNS (November; Pocket Star)
  52. AJ Byrd, LOSING ROMEO (November; Kimani)
  53. Derrick Barnes, WE COULD BE BROTHERS (November; Scholastic)
  54. Travis Hunter, AT THE CROSSROADS (November; Dafina)
  55. Nikki Carter, ALL THE WRONG MOVES (December; Dafina)
  56. Christopher Grant, TEENIE (December; Knopf)
  57. Earl Sewell, DECISION TIME (December; Kimani)
  58. Allison Whittenberg, TUTORED (December, Delacorte)

*The American Library Association (ALA) estimates that 3,000 young adult titles are published each year, including “fiction in any genre, nonfiction, poetry, a short story collection, or graphic work.”  The above list does not include nonfiction titles. (


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