Throwback Thursday: Jesmyn Ward

Since this post was published in 2015, Jesmyn Ward has come out with two new titles: The Fire This Time is an anthological response to James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time which addressed race on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In Ward’s anthology several writers reexamine race in America. Sing, Unburied, Sing is due out [ Read the full article… ]

Throwback Thursday: Justina Ireland

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s Black Kids on Covers post, here’s a look back at one of the authors included as she discusses her first two novels and how music helped her to write them. I wonder what music she wrote to while working on her upcoming Dread Nation! Enjoy this throwback post…   What [ Read the full article… ]

Black Kids on Covers

This is a wonderful time in children’s book publishing, where the faces of black girls and boys on covers is not an anomaly. When I was a kid, I almost never saw myself on the cover of a book, and certainly not ones as spectacular as those upcoming in the next few months. There was [ Read the full article… ]

The “Hole” in KidLit

For years I worked as an anthology editor for McGraw-Hill and other educational publishing houses. My job was choosing literature for elementary schools, pairing fiction with nonfiction, commissioning new pieces to work with published works, and balancing a very long list of authors and illustrators to ensure that we had even numbers between sexes and [ Read the full article… ]

Throwback Thursday: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Since we’re on the subject of boys and books from our Monday post, here’s some information about boys and reading: From The Guardian UK: The truth about boys and books: they read less — and skip pages. The Nation’s Report Card on student reading scores in 4th and 8th grade show that black children, and [ Read the full article… ]