Celebrating Diversity at ALA: Recommended Titles

June 25, 2016

Party People
Our sincere thanks to all of the ALA participants who joined The Brown Bookshelf in paying tribute to our favorite children’s books created for and by African Americans (and those of the African diaspora).

Below are the links to the book lists we promised:

BBS Nonfiction

BBS Fiction

BBS “Celebrating Diversity” Book Recommendations

Thanks again for all you do to support the mental, social, and emotional growth of our children. LIBRARIANS ROCK!

 

CORRECTION: During the statistics portion of the presentation, I erroneously stated that the percentage of children’s books in 2015 that contained significant multicultural content was 7.9%. That percentage actually referred to titles with significant African/African American content. The percentage of titles with significant multicultural content in 2015 was actually 14.9% of those received by the CCBC.  Using the same metrics (which exclude books by people of color with no discernible cultural content) this actually represents an increase over the prior year of 3.6 percentage points! Likewise, the 7.9% statistic for books with significant African/African American content represents an increase of 2.8 percentage points over 2014.

While there is still much work to do, our collective advocacy is making a difference! Let’s keep it going!

–TFB

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Call for Submissions

June 21, 2016

jadenA Brown Bookshelf reader let me know  that there are two Plum Street publishing companies – Plum Street Press, based in New Orleans, and Plum Street Publishers, based in Arkansas, which issued the call for submissions. So sorry for the mix-up. Lucky for us, both are open to new work:

Here’s what I wrote about Plum Street Press:

When I saw the cover for Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest, written by Marti Dumas, I was intrigued. Fly fro, ready for action, cool sub-title: The Quest for Screen Time. Loved it. Who gave that story a home? New Orleans boutique publisher Plum Street Press.

Along with the Jaden Toussaint series, they publish the Swift Walker science and geography series.

Here are the submission guidelines:

All our stories feature children of color as the protagonist, although race need not figure prominently in the story or at all. We are particularly interested in middle grade manuscripts (approximately 10,000-30,000 words targeting 8-12 year olds) but will also be accepting submissions for picture books and YA. Queries can be sent to: query.plumstreetpress@gmail.com.

plumstreetPlum Street Publishers, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, was the company that asked us to spread the word that they’re looking for authors and illustrators. It was founded by award-winner Liz Smith Russell. For almost three decades, she was Publisher at August House. She continues her commitment to multicultural children’s books at her new company.

Here’s the call for submissions:

Plum Street Publishers is seeking submissions for children’s, middle grade, and YA titles. We are also interested in viewing artists’ portfolio samples for our forthcoming picture book line. We are committed to publishing diverse voices and experiences and promote tolerance and understanding through books for young readers. Our submission guidelines can be found at http://www.plumstreetpublishers.com/pages/publishing-with-plum-street.

Get those portfolios and stories ready.


The Brown Bookshelf at ALA

June 21, 2016

We’re taking our show on the road. Several of us will be at ALA for panels, programs and signings. We’d love to see you. Please join us if you’re free and spread the word.

Here’s a schedule of our events:

Friday, June 24

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.Writer’s Block/Winter Park Public Library (Don Tate and Chris Barton)
Location: Winter Park Public Library
460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL

Saturday, June 25

10-11 a.m. Peachtree Publishers signing for Poet by Don Tate – Booth #2039

12:30-1:30 p.m. Albert Whitman & Company signing for One More Dino on the Floor by Kelly Starling Lyons – Booth #2045

1– 2 p.m. Charlesbridge signing for Whoosh! by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate – Booth #2043

3:30-5 p.m. Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids sponsored by BCALA. The program will held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel/ Bayhill 19. BBS participants are Don Tate, Gwendolyn Hooks, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Tameka Fryer Brown, Varian Johnson and Kelly Starling Lyons.

Sunday, June 26

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Not Your Granny’s Dinner Conversation: Diversity, Race, Sex and Gender moderated by librarian Edi Campbell. The panel will be held in Orange County Convention Center, Room W205. Panelists are Publisher Jason Low, Author Ashley Hope Pérez, Author/lllustrator Dan Santat, Professors Dr. Patricia Enciso and  Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo and BBS members and Authors Varian Johnson and Kelly Starling Lyons.

1-1:45 p.m. Lee & Low signing for Tiny Stitches by Gwendolyn Hooks – Booth #1469

1– 2 p.m. Charlesbridge signing for Don Tate –  Booth #2043

2-3 p.m. Scholastic Book Signing for To Catch a Cheat and The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson – Booth #1236