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ChicoER’s LifeStyle: The Bookshelf
Book Review by Sheryl Hubbard, Butte County Library

Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, Mr. Mendez’ tireless fight for his children’s right to be educated regardless of their skin color is beautifully presented in this award-winning children’s book.

Read More | Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee


Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights

The author Jacqueline Woodson and President Jimmy Carter, discussing a range of issues over lunch at the Manhattan restaurant Clement.

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995


Award-winning children’s author, artist speaks in Roanoke [Video]

Kadir Nelson spoke to children and adults at Community High School Thursday night. His books and artwork have been featured in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries and museums.

Read More | Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson 2012 Awardee
The Village That Vanished written illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee


Library picks: Biographies to get kids reading

The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Enjoy some biographical stories written for children featuring extraordinary everyday heroes.

Read More | Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014 Awardee

Christian Florida parents want to ban books set in Muslim country*

Parents in Duval County have gathered signatures asking the local school board to to ban several books about the Middle East from an elementary school library because they deal with war and because characters in the books pray to a non-Christian god.

According to Jacksonville.com, the offending books are Nasreen’s Secret School and The Librarian of Basra.

School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said banning books is a bad idea.

The mother of a third-grader, dismissed the books banners, saying: “I question if they even read the books.”

Read More | Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter 2010 Awardee

* The original title of the following article does not make clear that the books are about how a Muslim family reacts to oppression. The Taliban’s restrictions on education are a factor in the story but not the theme. The fundamentalist Christian parents who want to ban the books by JACBA author Jeanette Winter are not banning them because the books are about Muslim fundamentalists banning books. The original title of this article is confusing in that regard.

KidsPost Summer Book Club: ‘Chickadee’

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A boy becomes separated from his family in 1866 and must rely on his courage and strength. “Chickadee” is the fourth novel in the series that Louise Erdrich started with “The Birchbark House,” but you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to follow the adventures here.

Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee


Review of 'Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?’

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Eve Bunting’s book, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks chronicles the life of a young duck trying to find a pair of misplaced socks. The joy for young readers is getting to laugh at this character, taking comfort in knowing that other creatures forget things and make mistakes.

Read More | The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting 1990 Awardee


Seattle Arts and Lectures presents
An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson

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In the conclusion of this year’s Women You Need to Know series, Seattle Arts & Lectures is bringing poet extraordinaire Jacqueline Woodson. Crossing cultures and states, she’ll share the inspirations?the relatives, the friends, the locations?that made [her most recent work Brown Girl Dreaming] possible, giving us a small taste of what it was like for her to let go and remember.

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995


Just Read It

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“Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog,” by Ann Bausum

Bausum, a gifted writer known for her ability to engage readers with lesser-known historical stories, perfectly captures the spirit of this brave terrier and his human, Pvt. James Robert Conroy.

Read More | Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee
With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote by Ann Bausum 2005 Awardee


Calvin A. Ramsey on How Black Travel Has Changed Since Jim Crow

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I’m old enough to remember those days, but the “Green Book” found me, at the funeral of a close friend’s son killed in an accident, in 2001. The grandfather said, “This is my first time in the deep South, and I was looking for a 'Green Book.’ ” And I said, “What’s a 'Green Book?’ ” It wouldn’t let me go.

Read More | Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud 2012
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss 2011

In Speeches, Melissa Sweet and Judy Cheatham Rally the Power of Nonfiction

Sweet and Cheatham melded distinctly different talks on the same topic-the art and craft of nonfiction-when they shared the stage for the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)2015 Charlemae Rollins President’s Program during the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco last month.

Read More | Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014


Palestinian poet Naomi Shihab Nye to headline major British arts festival

Palestinian-American poet and author Naomi Shihab Nye has been announced as one of the headline artists at the Poetry Prom at this summer’s Aldeburgh Festival, one of the leading events of the British artistic year.

Read More | Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee
Sitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee


WOMEN’S GROUP MAKES SPECIAL DONATION TO CENTRAL FRESNO LIBRARY

“I think it gives them a sense of the world as a community, of their city as a community, many different stories about people, young people, especially all over the world and the different challenges that the young people have,” said Ann Caruthers with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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Column: Encourage your child to read

“Malalah, A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy From Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery” (Jeanette Winter) - Famous for her easy, gentle retellings of human interest stories, Jeanette Winter brings two stories together in this one book. The two young people in the book never knew each other, but each impacted not only the country of Pakistan, but the world.

“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus” (Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet) - You will get to meet Peter Roget as a young boy and see his collection of lists grow into what we now take for granted. The illustrations that accompany the text are just as amazing.

Read More | Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter 2010
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014


KidsPost Summer Book Club: ‘Listen, Slowly,’ by Thanhha Lai

A girl travels to Vietnam with her grandmother for news of her grandfather who disappeared

Read More | Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 2012

Fresno library receives six Jane Addams Peace Award Books

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presented six nationally selected 2014 Jane Addams Peace Award Books to the Fresno County Downtown Library Children’s Room.

An event will take place on Sept.12 at the Downtown Library to honor Margarita Engle, a local author of children’s books who has won two Jane Addams Peace Book awards.

Read More | Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, written by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee


This Week in Fiction: Louise Erdrich

Your story in this week’s issue, “The Flower,” involves a kind of escape: a seventeen-year-old clerk, Wolfred, helps an eleven-year-old Ojibwe girl get away from the white trader, Mackinnon, who “bought” her from her alcoholic mother. In the end, the girl also saves the clerk.

Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee


KidsPost: Book club: ‘Half a World Away’

A boy adopted from Romania has a tough time in his new home. Will an adopted baby make life worse?

Read More | Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata 2007 Awardee


KidsPost: Summer Book Club: 'The Red Pencil’

Then a visitor to the camp brings pencils and writing pads for all the children. Amira receives a special red pencil. Its color is “ripe with promise,” the girl says in one of the short poems that make up this novel.

Read More | Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney 2011 Awardee
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee


Sherman Alexie’s First Picture Book 'Thunder Boy Jr.’ With Yuyi Morales Is Basically Everything We Could Have Hoped For

Alexie will collaborate with Yuyi Morales, the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Viva Frida. It’s almost too much talent for one picture book.

Thunder Boy Jr. will be about a young boy who wants to have his own name, rather than share his father’s name as a junior.

Read More | Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales 2004 Awardee


The bare bones with Lucille Clifton

She said that, “writing is a way of continuing to hope… perhaps for me it is a way of remembering I am not alone.”

The poet knows the state of human existence. She speaks of it in pared-down sentences, devoid of punctuation and capitals. The words are in short sentences, the poems, short too. Her work abounds with the history of her people and gender.

Read More | Amifika by Lucille Clifton 1978 Awardee


Rondal Partridge, noted black-and-white photographer, dies

“He really taught me be observant of the world,” said [his daughter Elizabeth Partridge] a young adult author and one of his five children. “When you are around people always noticing the light, interesting things … you’re just taught to be observant by being exposed to them and their ideas.”

Read More | Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge 2010 Awardee
Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge 1999 Awardee


Who is King? by Beverley Naidoo and Piet Grobler

Beverley Naidoo believes that information and understanding are huge steps towards empathy and recognises an urgent need in all communities to build positive attitudes towards others from a young age. The traditional stories featured in this book offer a fun way of introducing children to South Africa’s shared humanity.

Read More | Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverley Naidoo 2004 Awardee
The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo 2002 Awardee


Authors & Illustrators course welcomes Young People’s Poet Laureate as first guest speaker

The first speaker for the annual Authors & Illustrators’ Art & Craft reading course, Jacqueline Woodson, has just been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. This praiseworthy designation is bestowed by the Poetry Association biennially to an author of “exceptional poetry for young readers.” In her new role she will work with the Poetry Foundation regarding literature for young people. And, as the title suggests, she will promote poetry for children and their families as well as schools, libraries, and other venues.

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995


'Shadowshaper’ carries forward the legacy of Walter Dean Myers

When BookCon reconvened this May, NPR reported that the impact of We Need Diverse Books was evident. Panels were more racially inclusive, including one led by rising literary star Daniel Jos Older, author of the short story collection “Salsa Nocturna” and the urban fantasy “Bone Street Rumba” series, who has written extensively about addressing diversity issues in writing and publishing. In a quote echoing Myers’s sentiments, Older told NPR, “We live in a very diverse world and literature needs to reflect that. And that it hasn’t is a failure - is a literary and a human failure.”

Read More | Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee
Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee


10 books to help kids celebrate, understand the Fourth

“We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart” by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers

“Our Country’s Presidents” by Ann Bausum

Read More | Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee
With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote by Ann Bausum 2005 Awardee
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee
Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee


Top 9 Classics About the American Revolution

My Brother Sam is Dead (1974) by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier: Tim Meeker, the book’s young narrator, recounts the hardships that he and his family endure during the outset of the Revolution. The Meekers are essentially loyalists who want nothing to do with the war, but Tim’s older brother, Sam, decides to join the fight for independence. The story that follows is a deeply moving one about family, division, and loyalty of many kinds. What helps make this book work so well is the paired talents of the two authors: Christopher Collier was State Historian for Connecticut, while James Lincoln was an experienced children’s story writer. Their combining of artistry and history is superbly effective.

Read More | My Brother Sam Is Dead written by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier 1975 Awardee

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.

Read More | Hiroshima No Pika written by Toshi Maruki 1983 Awardee


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.

Read More | The Heart of a Chief written by Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee


Library of Congress 15th Anniversary National Book Festival

Attending Authors:

Naomi Shihab Nye
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Louise Erdrich
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Cynthia Levinson
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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



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