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Writers Against Racism: Summer Scarf Contest#3 and More

 So far so good, having finished round 2 of chemotherapy yesterday and a shot of neulasta today. Neulasta is a potent drug administered 24-hours after chemo to generate white bloods cells through the bone marrow.                                   Drum roll for My Summer Head Scarf – ‘Lemonade Stand’ Contest#3 – Scale of 1 – 5 – Five […]

Writers Against Racism: Happy Mother’s Day – My Book Pick

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms! Author Samantha Vamos will be visiting my school in the fall and I am thrilled to facilitate the visit. Here’s my Mother’s Day children’s book pick – Before You Were Here, Mi Amor. What’s yours? E-mail me: Follow me on Twitter: @abowllan Find me on Facebook!

Writers Against Racism: Bravo to SLJ!

It is about inclusivity. I was pleasantly surprised to see on the School Library Journal homepage, Newbery Books Lack Characters With Disabilities by Debra Lau Whelan.  “Although there have been more kids with disabilities portrayed in Newbery Medal-winning titles in recent years, there still remains a huge discrepancy between the number of characters in Newbery Award-winning […]

Writers Against Racism: News from Jan Godown Annino

W.A.R. writer, Jan  Godown Annino, sent me Facebook announcement I wanted to pass along to my readers: Send Orlando area friends to us! EXCITED to meet the ZORA AND ME team at UCF/Morgridge Intl. Reading Center Book Festival on Saturday, April 17. My panel includes storyteller extraordinaire, Carmen Agra Deedy (yay! GROWING UP CUBAN IN […]

Writers Against Racism: Diversity in YA Panel – Day of Dialog 2011 Program

I hope to see you there! Here’s the program. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 8:00-8:30 AM BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION 8:30-8:35 AM WELCOME, Brian Kenney, Editor-in-Chief, School Library Journal 8:40-9:15 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Breakfast & speaker sponsored by Candlewick Press 9:15-10:15 AM PANEL I: Diversity in YA Literature Where we […]

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

“People talk about books acting as both a mirror and window (thanks mainly to Rudine Sims Bishop), playing an important roll in reflecting a child’s experience and also allowing access to different/other experiences. And I think that’s key. When we read books we inhabit their world, experience the thoughts and emotions of their characters. That […]

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

Girls For Breakfast was my attempt to write that book. The protagonist, Nick Park, is obnoxious, self-loathing, and projects his frustrations in ways that are far from admirable, which is to say that I tried to offer an utterly real Asian American teenager, warts and all, which in turn offers the polar opposite of some […]

21st Century Storytelling: Before W.A.R…”I am a Librarian”

Her goal was to rid the librarian stereotypes, and I do often wonder about Cynthia Wilson. Her photography project, I am a Librarian,  featured a  portfolio of over 100 of  today’s librarians from across the country! You should definitely check it out. (Photo by John Vettese) “The goal of this book is to show real librarians, to show […]

Everybody Has A Story To Tell: Reflections on YA

Are you free on Tuesday?If you are, drop on by!

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” […]