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By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X’s Early Years as an Audiobook Download

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Student Activisim | Comments Off on By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X’s Early Years as an Audiobook Download

By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X’s Early Years as an Audiobook Download

Celebrate Malcolm X’s 90th Birthday with a Spoken Word Performance of His Teen Years! Meet Malcolm X Before He Knew He Was Destined to Fight for #BlackLivesMatter!   FREE MP3 SPOKEN WORD  On 5/21/15 a free MP3 audiobook download of the acclaimed young adult novel X: A Novel will be available for one week.  Readers who grab that file between 5/21/15 (8 AM EST) and 5/27/15  will be able to keep the spoken word performance of Malcolm X’s teenage years indefinitely.   SIGN UP VIA TEXT You can sign-up on the spot to get a text alert when the download file becomes available....

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Reaping Frustration: YA Novels & Diversity in Awards Season

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Book Industry, Community Partnerships | 2 comments

Reaping Frustration: YA Novels & Diversity in Awards Season

A children’s book award season that began in November with a racist joke by National Book Award host Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events) minutes after Jacqueline Woodson accepted her National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming ended with resounding support for diverse books at the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards on February 2nd. Daniel Handler’s tasteless remarks were followed by a tasteful donation of $10,000 to We Need Diverse books and a pledge to match donations up to $100,000.  Before the 24 hours were out, close to 1/4 million dollars...

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Peaceful & Proud Inside: Muslim Families in KidLit

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships | Comments Off on Peaceful & Proud Inside: Muslim Families in KidLit

Peaceful & Proud Inside: Muslim Families in KidLit

With the headlines screaming “Muslim Extremists” and “Muslim Terrorists” in wake of attacks in Paris, it is good time to feed your children a good diet of books featuring Muslim families from around the world and from our very own neighborhoods. After 9/11, many looked to the bookshelves in the United States and found them bereft of stories about Muslim children and families. Children’s book authors, illustrators and publishers sought to quickly fill the gap in our literature.  We still have so far to go, but there are now so many wonderful stories—including the...

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