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April 29, 2018

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Miami University in Oxford, OH to view the Telling A People’s Story exhibit and to attend their two day conference. This exhibit features the work 33 African American children’s book illustrators, displaying a total 130 works curated into historical themes: African Origins, Middle Passage, Slavery, Emancipation, Reconstruction, […]

on Negroes Monkeys and Apes

April 26, 2018


edited 27 Apr I’ve posted previously about concerns I’ve had regarding books with anthropomorphic monkeys and apes. What I want to do here today is contextualize this concern by presenting some of the history of Negroes, apes and monkeys in the United States. For the most part, I’m providing quotes and images, sticking with historical […]

review: Fake ID

April 12, 2018

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title: Fake ID author: Lamar Giles date: Amistad; 2014 main character: Nick Pearson (née Tony Bordeaux) YA mystery Nick is a young African American male whose voice narrates the Fake ID. We readers are among the few who know that his real name is Tony. The situations that have him using this pseudonym along with […]

Little House, Big Mess

April 6, 2018


I’ve never publicly weighed in on the conversations surrounding the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder or on the proposal to change the name of the Wilder Award. I’ve recently put together some reflections and all this and thought they might be worth sharing.  Laura Ingall Wilder’s works, like too many other books that have gained […]

Interview: N. H. Senzai

April 2, 2018

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from the publisher:  Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress.  Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, […]