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book review: The Jumbies

March 30, 2019


title: The Jumbies author: Tracey Baptiste date: Algonquin, 2016 main character: Corinne La Mer mg fiction Tracey Baptiste has been writing nonfiction and for quite a while. The Jumbies, her first book in this series, debuted in 2015. Rise of the Jumbies released in 2017 and The Jumbie God’s Revenge comes out this September. Baptise, a […]

review: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

March 29, 2019


title: Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon author: Carla Killough McClafferty date: Holiday House; 2018 nonfiction; ages 10 and up Carla Killough McClafferty is a children’s nonfiction author who has written biographies on Marie Curie, Varian Fry and George Washington. Buried Lives, her most recent books is meant to focus on […]

#CollectiveResistance: Kidlit for Christchurch

March 25, 2019

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Here’s the youth literature community doing what it does best: #collectiveresistance. In this instance, the community is coming together to provide immediate support for the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand. I did not work to organize this event, but I want to do what I can to support this fund raising effort and I […]

This is Who We Are

March 25, 2019


The We Are Kidlit Summer Reading List has become a constant in my life. For five years now, I’ve been able to gather a group of well respected individuals from the world of literature and collaborate with them to build a truly unique reading list for young readers. They come back year after year simply […]

CCBC Releases New Diversity Data

March 20, 2019


As I was coming back from class today, I was discussing the weather with a young lady who was also exiting the building. She commented on the cold and the need for a jacket (still) and said she couldn’t wait for summer to come “so then, I can complain about how hot is it.” Are […]

Interview: Torrey Maldonado

March 19, 2019

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Torrey Maldonado works to create opportunity for young people by teaching and writing. He currently teaches in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn where he grew up. Knowing those young people and writing for them brings a real honesty and sense of purpose to Torrey’s writing. His latest book is Tight. Tight is such an appropriate title […]

Highlights Workshop

March 14, 2019

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I am so very excited about the symposium I was able to put together to deliver at Highlights this summer. We know publishing needs to hire more marginalized people if they want to have more meaningful progress with diversity, inclusion and equity. But, we also know that the work that needs to be done cannot […]

March Releases

March 10, 2019

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1 Mar Corey’s Rock by Sita Brahmachari, illus. by Jane Ray. Otter-Barry Books. ages 9–12 An Orcadian legend helps Isla adjust to her new life on the Orkney Islands after the death of her brother. 5 Mar The Everlasting Rose (The Belles) by Dhonielle Clayton. Freeform. ages 12 and up. In this sequel to the New York […]