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One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Podcast | 0 comments

One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

  In honor of the resilient women and girls of the Caribbean that were knocked off their feet by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and are still fighting to take care of families, friends, and their studies, we feature “One-Girl Sensaciónes,” bold characters and brilliant children’s books authors of Caribbean heritage. “Love is like the rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you’re not careful it will drown you.”― Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory We have borrowed the honorary title of “One-Girl Sensación” from Puerto Rican...

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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 PRINTS! How to Enter?   1. Share the book...

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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 explore how to express their views on injustice. It...

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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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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 facilitate that engagement should be vetted by that...

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Give Pride, Read Pride

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Children's Literature | Comments Off on Give Pride, Read Pride

Give Pride, Read Pride

One weekend the horror of the Pulse attack.  The next weekend LGBTQIA communities all over the country celebrating PRIDE week.  Even as a straight ally, I cannot begin to touch the pain of the seven days between these events.  What can one DO to help? My only answer is (my only answer ever is) to give and read stories. LGBTQIA kids in every community in American need to see themselves in the pages of the books they read.  They need the camaraderie, the closeness, the confidence-building, the empathy of meeting someone like themselves on the page.  Why might LGBTQIA need this connection more...

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