Great News! Harriet Tubman Will Replace Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman, an African-American woman who ushered thousands of slaves to freedom, will be taking over the $20 bill.

 

Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.

 

 

Meet Marley Dias, The Force Behind #1000BlackGirlBooks

11-year-old Marley Dias started the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign because she was tired of only reading about white boys and their dogs.  

 

"Driven" is the story of Wendell Scott, the first African American inducted into the @NASCAR Hall of Fame. Watch as Wendell's son, Frank, remembers what it took for his father to cross the finish line at racetracks across the South.

 

A decade ago, I was dating a physician. He was a nice guy, but I knew the relationship was doomed the night he asked: "So, when are you going to write a grown-up book?" I laughed, unsure how to answer. But as I was driving home, I realized what I should have said: "Do people ask pediatricians that? When are you going to start seeing grown-up patients?" No one thinks pediatric medicine is a lesser form of medicine. So why do some people think writing for children is a lesser form of literature? I happen to love writing children's books. You might, too. Here's why:

Success for most of us doesn’t happen over night. It takes a strong will and determination to persevere a passion for developing one’s craft and believing in the work being done. Octavia E. Butler was no stranger to this mentality. Butler had aspirations of being a writer since she found a need for marginalized voices in science fiction. Her desire to succeed was recently discovered between the covers of a notebook in the Huntington Library.

Popular children's illustrator Mary Engelbreit posted some work related to Ferguson and some people lost their minds.

 

 

11-year-old Jersey girl launches #1000BlackGirlBooks

Please donate if you can! Terrell and KeKe Adventures Through Time has already been sent. This little girl is amazing! Hey everyone, if you have a book featuring a black girl, this 11 year old started a campaign to get your book. She wants 1,000 in total. http://www.phillyvoice.com/11-year-old-jersey-girl-launche…/ Info on where to send your book: http://www.phillyvoice.com/11-year-old-jersey-girl-launches-1000blackgirlbooks-book-drive/

2016 Youth Media Award winners announced

It’s not often that you see class addressed in picture books in ways that are subtle and seamless, but Last Stop on Market Street, the affectionate story of a young boy and his grandmother, does just that.

 

 

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