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… ]

What’s New with The Brown Bookshelf

The Brown Bookshelf presented at the Texas Library Association conference. Thank you to the Black Caucus of TLA who sponsored our session, Overlooked Books who hosted our signing and amazing librarians like the ones from Houston in the picture who showed us lots of love. Thank you to everyone who supports the work we do. Completing our [ Read the full article… ]

The Brown Bookshelf at TLA

We’ve taken our 10th anniversary celebration on the road. Please join us today at 2:45 p.m. for our Texas Library Association session, Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids (Room 303ABC, Ballroom level). The presenters are Gwendolyn Hooks and Kelly Starling Lyons. Here are the session hand-outs which include book lists and resources: BBS Booklist TLA TLA [ 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… ]