Famed Hiroshima Panels bound for U.S. in bid to spark rethink of A-bombings
Iri and Toshi Maruki spent over 30 years, starting in 1950, to complete the 15 large folding-screen panels on the atomic bombings. They were created in the manner of Japanese-style brush paintings as the artists revisited their painful memories of entering Hiroshima, Iri’s birthplace, shortly after the city was reduced to ashes in August 1945.
WIES students swap stories with author
A Walpole Island Elementary School class got to spend an entire day with an author they have been following all year.
Joseph Bruchac spent time with Mrs. Nagpal’s Grade 6 class on May 26. While there, Bruchac read to the students, told stories and met with the rest of the school in an assembly.
Library of Congress 15th Anniversary National Book Festival
Naomi Shihab Nye
Habibi written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee
Sitti’s Secrets written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee
The Birchbark House written by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson 2013 Awardee
We Need Diverse Books At BookCon 2015 Showed Us 8 Reasons Why Diverse Books Are More Powerful Than Ever
Many writers lauded the power of social media to shed light on issues like the lack of authentic representation of minorities in children’s literature. As Jacqueline Woodson pointed out, “the ferocity of young people” sharing their opinions (and, well, rage, too) on the Internet is astounding ? especially when it’s being used for good.
Award winning author and peace activist speaks to Meaford students
Award winning Canadian author, feminist and peace activist Deborah Ellis spoke to hundreds of local students on May 25 and had a simple message: stay informed, get involved and keep reading.
Elder Portraits to grace Art Wall
Award winning Plains Cree artist George Littlechild helps students to express history and culture through art as part of the Elder Portraits project.
The Course of Happiness by Louise Erdrich
Literary Time Travel Short Story
2015 Read to Me Conference
Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, James Rumford, joins us in studio to talk about some of the benefits of reading aloud and also tell us about the 2015 Read to Me Conference happening on June 8 and 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon: Helping Others Find Their Voice
Lyon credits her love of books and writing to her parents, who were the first in their families to finish high school and attend college. Her father, who worked at a dry cleaner in Harlan, loved poetry and would read a poem after supper each night.
BEA 2015: Spotlight on African-American Children’s Authors and Illustrators
The illustrators spoke about their personal motivations for entering the field of children’s literature and what continues to move them to create new books. Admitting that, earlier in his career as a fine artist, he “came in reluctantly to this business,” Lewis realized that “some of the best art is happening” in children’s books and quickly became entranced by the role he was able to play in “enticing children to become life-long learners” through his picture book illustrations. Evans discussed both the exertion and joy of telling powerful stories (he noted how it’s sometimes “painful to go through the process of getting stories out”) as well as what he perceives to be the “magic” of the world of publishing, with its opportunities to reach and transform so many young lives through books.
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We March written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans 2013 Awardee
Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee
Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee
Jacqueline Woodson named young people’s poet laureate
“I think many people believe and want others to believe that poetry is for the precious, entitled, educated few,” Woodson said in an interview with the Poetry Foundation. “And that’s just not true. Our children’s first words are poems ? poems we and our listeners are delighted to hear and eager to understand. Rap is poetry. Spoken word is poetry. Poetry lives in our everyday.”
Journey to Jo'burg is inspiration to students at The Academy at Shotton Hall
DRAMA club students yesterday (Thursday, June 4) marked 30 years of the modern classic Journey to Jo'burg with a performance inspired by the book - once banned by South Africa’s apartheid regime. Year 8 drama students at The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, were joined by author Beverley Naidoo at at East Durham College’s Lubetkin Theatre.
‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ author inspires MNPS students
“I write because I have all these questions, and when you write, you figure things out,” said award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson (Miracle’s Boys, Brown Girl Dreaming), addressing a gathering of students from Creswell Middle Prep School of the Arts.
Claudette Colvin: Meet the Teenager who Inspired Rosa Parks
Though inspired by Colvin they went with Rosa Parks because, as Colvin explained in an interview with NPR, ?[t]hey thought I would be too militant for them. They wanted someone mild and genteel like Rosa.?
Friends at Beloit Library annual meeting set at BPL
Author Ann Bausum will give a presentation on Stubby, a WWI war dog who served in the trenches and became famous nationwide.
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With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote, by Ann Bausum 2005 Awardee
Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr?s Final Hours, written by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee
Quintessential Jewish mom, Andrea Poetsch, directs Number the Stars at Beth Judah
Next week, following on the heels of Mother?s Day, Congregation Beth Judah will present a play whose main characters are mothers and daughters who must make difficult decisions to protect people they love from being captured by Nazis. The play, Number the Stars, is a musical based on a novel by Lois Lowry.
The driving force behind Beth Judah?s production of this play, which has been performed for more than 12,000 local children over the last 8 years, is director Andrea Zakheim-Poetsch, a Jewish mom whose passion for teaching others about tolerance, Judaism, and music has made an indelible impact on our community.
One Book/Many Voices steering committee chooses ?Voices from the March? by George Ella Lyon
Lyon will speak about her book Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School.
A Noted Artist Creates an App for the Aging Mind ? and Eye
Ringgold, 84, is a painter, mixed-media sculptor, author and educator whose work is in the collections of major museums.
One of Sudoku’s millions of admirers, Faith Ringgold, has turned a brain teaser into a digital work of art ? and who better to do so given her stature as an artist whose primary medium is quiltmaking?
WPL Hosts Christopher Paul Curtis
Internationally renowned children’s author Christopher Paul Curtis will be at Windsor Public Library on May 6 to interact with school children, read from his works, and launch the 2015 Windsor Public Library Children’s Writing Club.
Christopher Paul Curtis is best known for award winning books such as The Madmen of Piney Woods, Elijah of Buxton, both of which are set in Essex County, Bud, Not Buddy which won the prestigious Newbery Award and was recently made into a play in Chicago, and The Watson’s Go To Birmingham, which was made into a Hallmark Feature Film.
Author: Jewish resistance in Holocaust speaks to humanity’s struggle for empowerment
Rappaport told other stories from the book but also related it to other struggles, such as civil and women’s rights, topics she’s covered in other books. In fact, she’s known for her multicultural books, but this is the first time she’s focused on a story affecting her own Jewish heritage.
Festival of Books: Why Jacqueline Woodson used poetry in ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’
“Memory doesn’t come as a straight narrative,” she said about why she didn’t choose prose. “It comes in small moments with all this white space.”
Author Polacco to speak to local students
She states, “what I loved most about the neighborhood was that my neighbors came in as many colors, ideas, and religions as there are people on the planet.” Polacco’s books include several events that actually took place during that time.
Two legs good, eight legs best: five reasons to love octopuses
“I have always loved octopuses. No sci-fi alien is so startlingly strange,” says naturalist and author Sy Montgomery. Her new book, The Soul of an Octopus explores the “emotional and physical world of the octopus ? and the remarkable connections this astonishingly complex, spirited creature makes with humans”.
Humorous, informational books on hair-dos and hair-don'ts
“Big Wig: A Little History of Hair”
Fictional stories about hair go hand-in-hand with this informational book about the history of hair, told by historian Kathleen Krull.
George Ella Lyon Inducted as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate
“I hope that, as I 'laureate’ around Kentucky these next two years, I can remind people that they have a voice and invite them to tell those stories.”
Racine author featured at Heritage Museum event
This May, in celebration of the release of the book “Root River Return” and in recognition of the donation of his collected works to Racine Heritage Museum, Racine native and celebrated author David Kherdian returns to Racine for a week of lectures, readings and other activities.
Plymouth Meeting Friends School to stage 'Westlandia’
The story about a boy who deals with not fitting in by creating his own ecosystem was written by prize-winning children’s author Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
Jewell Parker Rhodes Closes Children’s Institute With Powerful Talk on Diversity
Rhodes called on publishers, teachers, writers, librarians, and booksellers to increase their efforts in making sure children are able to appreciate themselves as unique human beings by sharing with them literature that mirrors who they are and where they come from.
Jewell Parker Rhodes on Diversity and Character-Driven Stories
“[Diversity] isn’t about political correctness,” she said. “Nor is diversity a passing fashion; rather, it is a significant struggle to see if America can fulfill its civil rights promises of inclusivity ? of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Maryland Children’s Literature Festival Building Lifelong Readers
Four featured authors and illustrators ? Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson, and Matt Phelan ? presented programs to an avid audience, who also attended professional development workshops, purchased autographed books, and participated in a silent auction.
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Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee
Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924 by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee
Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson 2000 Awardee
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