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African American Children’s Book Fair

January 31, 2016

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The following information was received in an email press release. The 24th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 1-3 p.m., at Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia, Pa. The event is free and open to the public. The African American Children’s Book […]

Gearing Up for February

January 30, 2016

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2016 started with a leap and a bound! I’ve gotten several projects underway and I’m sure I’ll continue to be less of a presence on social networking. I’ve just completed my 4th pre-tenure year which means my work needs to be a little more intentional. I never thought I’d stay put quite this long, but […]

book review: See No Color

January 26, 2016


title: See No Color author: Shannon Gibney date: 2015 CarolRhoda Lab main character: Alex Kirtridge See No Color is a coming of age story about a young biracial girl (White/African American), a transracial adoptee, who is trying to figure out her identity. Alex is a gifted athlete with hopes of building a career in baseball. […]


January 24, 2016


I blog to promote literacy in marginalized children, particularly those who are of color or Native American and this covers a lot of territory including everything from representation in books to technology and media literacy. It also includes impediments to developing literacy skills. Several days ago, I was having a rather intense conversation with my […]


January 21, 2016


I’m a re-Tweeter. I’m more likely to share information by retweeting and not always taking the time to add my own personal comment. I sometimes neglect to comment on FaceBook as well, but not quite as often. I’ll usually add a comment to a story or photo on Facebook depending what device I’m using to […]


January 17, 2016


This evening the widespread response to the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington has led to its recall by Scholastic. The book itself was released on 5 January in the shadow of a similar controversy about A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat. Andrea Davis Pinkney, the editor of Birthday Cake released a […]

Saturday Trailer:

January 16, 2016


What better day for a book trailer than a Saturday? Today’s book trailer excites me because it’s a rare opportunity for me to announce a book that hasn’t yet been released. Meg Medina’s next book, Burn Baby Burn will be available in stores on 8 March. About the book: “Nora Lopez is seventeen during the […]

TBT: Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2016

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Originally posted on 16 January 2012.

book review: A Birthday Cake for George Washington

January 13, 2016


Title: A Birthday Cake for George Washington Author: Ramin Ganeshram; Vanessa Brantley-Newton Date: Scholastic, 2016 Narrator: Delia George Washington and the people he enslaved may receive more attention than any other facet of slavery in the United States. Whether due to the documents that were well maintained by his estate or because some people let […]