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The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Children's Book Illustration, Giveaway | Comments Off on The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

  Audrey Faye Hendricks was just 9-years-old in 1963 when Martin Luther King asked the people of Birmingham to “fill the jails.” Audrey was “the youngest marcher” in the Children’s March, joining 3,000 other children in prison. Illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton and Curious City are celebrating Audrey during Women’s History Month by giving away 10 signed prints from the acclaimed picture book The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).   WIN ONE OF VANESSA’S...

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Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

  In honor of Valentine’s Day we are going to talk about the BIG LOVE librarians show kidlit each year at the annual Youth Media Awards. Every January clever librarians gather to choose and announce medals and honors for 18 individual awards. The award that keeps Curious City on the edge of our seats is the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American...

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The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Book Trailer | Comments Off on The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

Curious City is proud to release a video in support of the picture book, The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Our script intentionally asked young readers to place themselves in Audrey Faye Hendricks shoes: Imagine having Martin Luther King Jr. himself sit down at your dinner table. Imagine Dr. King asking you to stand up for your community, for your nation.   While no child can now go to jail for protesting, we hope the book helps children...

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John Lewis & Civil Rights KidLit: Read & Do

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Podcast | 4 comments

John Lewis & Civil Rights KidLit: Read & Do

“I have never really seen myself as a leader in the traditional sense of the word, I saw myself as a participator, an activist, a doer.” —John Lewis from his memoir Walking With the Wind John Lewis not only has a legacy in the Civil Right Movement and the Congress, but now has had that legacy cemented in the minds of educators and young people with the release of a graphic novel series and a picture book.   Honored to join Chris Lenois of WKVT for this podcast conversation about Congressman Lewis.       March...

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Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

CURIOUS CITY BESTIES 2016: Non-Fiction & Novels Curious City declares their 2016 “Besties” — the 2016 children’s book releases that have been their constant companions this fine KidLit year! What non-fiction book, chapter book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel will be a child’s “bestie”? What 2016 book will be your favorite companion? Illustration from THE NIAN MONSTER © Alina Chau ………………………………………………………...

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Curious City Besties 2016: Board and Picture Books

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Book Selection, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | 1 comment

Curious City Besties 2016: Board and Picture Books

CURIOUS CITY BESTIES 2016: Board & Picture Books Curious City declares their 2016 “Besties” — the 2016 children’s book releases that have been their constant companions this fine KidLit year!  What picture book or board book will be a child’s “bestie”?   What 2016 book will be your favorite companion? Illustration from THE NIAN MONSTER © Alina Chau ……………………………………………………… BOOKS FOR ALL AGES (That’s You Too,...

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Curious City Moderates a Grandfather Gandhi Conversation

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Author Event, Global & Multicultural Events, Illustrator & Author Interviews | Comments Off on Curious City Moderates a Grandfather Gandhi Conversation

Curious City Moderates a Grandfather Gandhi Conversation

Curious City is proud to be providing the marketing outreach for the Grandfather Gandhi picture books by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Evan Turk (Atheneum) and celebrating the release of Be the Change. Recently, we brought the Grandfather Gandhi team to the Brattleboro Literary Festival and moderated an hour long conversation about these essential picture books.  Thank you to BCTV! Please also explore the website dedicated to the series!   Share...

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Kate the Great: Pre-order Takes All!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Children's Literature, Giveaway, Pre-Order | Comments Off on Kate the Great: Pre-order Takes All!

Kate the Great: Pre-order Takes All!

Will YOU get a signed copy of the new Kate the Great (Crown) by Suzy Becker? The Magic 8 Ball says… It is certain It is decidedly so Without a doubt Yes, definitely You may rely on it Most likely Outlook good Yes Signs point to yes Reply hazy try again Ask again later Better not tell you now Concentrate and ask again My sources say no Outlook not so good WHATEVER your fortune holds, the independent bookseller, An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe has Kate the Great: Winner Takes All available for pre-order! “A breezy, enjoyable...

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Cultural Authenticity in Marketing: Terry Farish

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Book Trailer, Community Partnerships, I'm Your Neighbor, Young Adult | Comments Off on Cultural Authenticity in Marketing: Terry Farish

Cultural Authenticity in Marketing: Terry Farish

  The conversation about cultural authenticity in children’s literature and #OwnVoices, painful as it may be, is essential for all writers.  The book industry owes readers the honesty of voice and culture and the industry certainly owes creators of color a much, much larger share of the bookshelves. Cultural authenticity has always been deeply ingrained in Curious City’s marketing mission. If  books are vehicles for engaging with a culture unlike your own (and books are prefect vehicles of such), the tools Curious City produces to...

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Monster Trucks: Pit Stop on the Blog Tour

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Children's Literature, Podcast, Trick or Reaters | 1 comment

Monster Trucks: Pit Stop on the Blog Tour

  Beep, Beep -and- Beep, Beep, Yeah! The spark plug of an author, Anika Denise just zoomed over to Curious City in her Little Blue Bus.  Anika was taking a quick pit stop on her zippy Monster Trucks (HarperCollins) blog tour. Below we talk about her hilarious girl-power truck picture book and our partnership on Trick or Reaters, the children’s book website where it is Halloween EVERY day.     When was the last time Curious City got to hang out with her ghoul friend, Anika?  When Anika donned bat wings and a monster wig...

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