Monday, March 17, 2014

All white world of children's books question continues with Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers



Jersey City. NJ  resident and award winning children's author, Walter Dean Myers and his son,also an award winning artist and author tackled the question of representations of children of color in youth literature in the Sunday New York Times  dated March 16. 2014.

Walter Dean Myers article, " Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?"  stressed the need and importance of having protagonists of color in books for youth and recounted his discovery and love of literature as a child and his dissatisfaction as an adolescent when he could not find literature that reflected his life experiences.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/where-are-the-people-of-color-in-childrens-books.html?_r=0


Christopher Myers article, "The Apartheid of Children’s Literature", examined the background reasons for the dearth of youth  literature by and about people of color.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

Many will remember that these issues have been visited before in the classic article, "The All-White world of children's books" by Nancy Larrick published in the Saturday Review (1965, September 11) that raised many of these issues.

Other books such as the The all-white world of children's books and African American children's literature,  edited by Osayimwense Osa (1995)  [PS153 .N5 A399 1995] and Free within ourselves : the development of African American children's literature by Rudine Sims Bishop (2007) ,[ PS153 .N5 B526 2007b] also examined these issues.

See also
http://educationservicesnews.blogspot.com/2013/06/all-white-world-of-childrens-books.html



Monday, January 27, 2014

ALA Book Awards 2014

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:"Locomotive," illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: "Journey," written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press; "Flora and the Flamingo," written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC; and "Mr. Wuffles!" written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:"Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures," written by Kate DiCamillo, is the 2014 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: "Doll Bones," written by Holly Black and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division; "The Year of Billy Miller," written by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; "One Came Home," written by Amy Timberlake and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; and "Paperboy," written by Vince Vawter and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:"Midwinterblood," written by Marcus Sedgwick, is the 2014 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.Four Printz Honor Books also were named: "Eleanor & Park," written by Rainbow Rowell and published by St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan); "Kingdom of Little Wounds," written by Susann Cokal and published by Candlewick Press; "Maggot Moon," written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch and published by Candlewick Press; and "Navigating Early," written by Clare Vanderpool and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House
Children's Books, a division of Random House LLC, Penguin Random House Company.


Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: "P.S. Be Eleven," written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Three King Author Honor Books were selected: "March: Book One," written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions; "Darius & Twig," written by Walter Dean Myers and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and "Words with Wings," written by Nikki Grimes and published by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:"Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me," illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Daniel Beaty and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group.One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected: " Nelson Mandela," illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

 Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Award:"When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop," illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:Authors Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack are the winners of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.  Patricia McKissack and her late husband Fredrick McKissack, both natives of Tennessee, began their writing and research partnership in the 1980's.Their subject matter from family-based folklore to nonfiction titles, are scholarly researched and written with accurate, authentic text, creating a cultural transmission of history. Their immense range of topics are informative, readable and enjoyable, covering accounts from slavery days to biographical studies of noted men and women in African American history past and present.

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:"Nino Wrestles the World," illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpre Illustrator Award winner.  The book was written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.Three Belpre Illustrator Honor Books were selected: "Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenia una Llamita," illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC; " Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo," illustrated by Rafael Lopez, written by Monica Brown and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and "Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale," illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

 Pura Belpre (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:"Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass," written by Meg Medina, is the Belpre Author Award winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.Three Belpre Author Honor Books were named: "The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist," written by Margarita Engle and published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; "The Living," written by Matt de la Pena and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company; and "Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale," written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.


** Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:"A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin," written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc. wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.  "Handbook for Dragon Slayers," written by Merrie Haskell and published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is "Rose under Fire," written by Elizabeth Wein and published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group. 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:"Mister Orange" is the 2014 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2011 as "Mister Orange," the book was written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books.Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: "The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life," written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick, and published by Enchanted Lion Books; "My Father's Arms Are a Boat," written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books; and "The War Within These Walls," written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:"Parrots over Puerto Rico," written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by LEE & LOW BOOKS, Inc.Four  Sibert Honor Books were named: "A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin," written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; "Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard," written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate and published by Candlewick Press; "Locomotive," written and illustrated by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; and "The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius," written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.

 Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:"Beautiful Music for Ugly Children," written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd; and "Fat Angie," written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo and published by Candlewick Press, are the winners of the 2014 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award.Three Honor Books were selected: "Better Nate Than Ever," written by Tim Federle and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division; "Branded by the Pink Triangle," written by Ken Setterington and published by Second Story Press; and "Two Boys Kissing," written by David Levithan and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers:"The Watermelon Seed," written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.Three Geisel Honor Books were named: "Ball," written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; "A Big Guy Took My Ball!" written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group; and "Penny and Her Marble," written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:"Charm & Strange," written by Stephanie Kuehn, is the 2014 Morris Award winner. The book is published by St. Martin's Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, a division of Macmillan.Four other books were finalists for the award: "Sex & Violence," written by Carrie Mesrobian and published by Carolrhoda LAB, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group; "Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets," written by Evan Roskos and published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; "Belle Epoque," written by Elizabeth Ross and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books; and "In the Shadow of Blackbirds," written by Cat Winters and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.

 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:  "The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi," written by Neal Bascomb, is the 2014 Excellence winner. The book is published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.Four other books were finalists for the award: "G o: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design," written by Chip Kidd and published by Workman Publishing Company; " Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II," written by Martin W. Sandler and published by Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.; "C ourage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers," written by Tanya Lee Stone and published by Candlewick Press; and "The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy ," written by James L. Swanson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12274962/1/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners.html

Friday, January 17, 2014

MLK Day Celebration-Dreams for NYC-1/19/14-Apollo Theater -NYC

WNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Tickets: Free
The event is open to the public but reservations are required
Duration:  3-5pm
Venue: The Apollo Theatre
http://www.apollotheater.org/
253 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027-4408

WNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration goes uptown to the historic Apollo Theater Sunday, January 19, 2014.
Presented as part of the Apollo Uptown Hall series, this year’s event explores the immediate future of New York City through the lens of Dr. King’s moral compass.  Join WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Novelist and Journalist Farai Chideya for an exploration of emerging leadership in the areas of politics, culture, faith, education and justice.

Panelists:
NELSON GEORGE, author, filmmaker and essayist
DR. CHRISTINA GREER, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University
REVEREND DR. PETER HELTZEL, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at New York Theological
REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (NY-8), Representing Central Brooklyn
DR. PENIEL JOSEPH, Professor of History at Tufts University
RABBI JOY LEVITT, Executive Director of The JCC Manhattan
DR. KHALIL GIBRAN MUHAMMAD, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - The New York Public Library
DR. PEDRO NOGUERA, Professor of Education at New York University Steinhardt
REV. PAUL BRANDEIS RAUSHENBUSH, Senior Religion Editor for the Huffington Post.
REVERED DR. DONNA SCHAPER, Sr. Minister of Judson Memorial Church in New York City
DR. JAN WILLIS, Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
BRETT IAN WRIGHT, Media Entrepreneur, Founder/Chief Executive Officer - NuAmerica Agency, Co-Founder-Uptown Magazine

Live Performances by:
MAMA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS - GOSPEL FOR TEENS CHOIR
VERNON REID

Monday, January 13, 2014

Trinka Hakes Noble at Newark Public Library 1/18/14

Trinka Hakes Noble , noted children's author is set to appear at the

New Jersey Center for the Book’s inaugural Literary Event for 2014
 Newark Public Library
5 Washington St, Newark, NJ
Saturday, January 18, 2014 11am

to launch the 350th celebration year of New Jersey’s literary heritage.

Program
Free and open to the public, the day’s events begin at 11:00am with “350 Years of New Jersey History in Music and Story” presented by musician/storytellers The Mythmakers, followed by visits from prominent children’s book author Trinka Hakes Noble, the Navesink Maritime Historical Association and a revolutionary honor guard and visit from George Washington, with photo opportunities for all to pose with the first President.

 At 2pm our program will continue with a welcome from State luminaries and guest speaker Elizabeth Del Tufo, President of Newark’s Preservation and Landmarks Committee, and a compilation showcasing the twelve award-winning public library programs selected by New Jersey Center for the Book for 2014, whose individual programs will be celebrated at public libraries across the state throughout the year.

Refreshments will be served and Tours will be available of a Special Exhibition at the NPL commemorating the 350th Anniversary Celebration of the Garden State.

Trinka Hakes Noble
Author-Illustrator

THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH

ONE FOR ALL
A Pennsylvania Number Book


KARIN'S CHRISTMAS WALK

THE KING'S TEA

 and  many others see http://www.trinkahakesnoble.com
 

Friday, November 08, 2013

New York City Events for ELA and Black/Global Studies educators

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH - GALA

NY Premiere

GALA SCREENING

Sat, Dec. 7 @ 8PM -  

Cowin Center, Teachers College 
 
 Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is the compelling story of an extraordinary woman's journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in the cotton fields of Eatonton, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel, to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker's own story.

 

Born in 1944, eighth child of sharecroppers, her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political changes in North American history. Beauty In Truth looks at the art and life of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. Praised and pilloried, Walker is a fearless pioneer whose voice has driven people to express joy as well as anger and ruthless vilification. Alice Walker's inspiring journey is also a story of a country and a people at the fault line of historical changes.

 

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a complex exploration of Walker as a writer, public intellectual and human rights activist. Walker was a key architect of the US civil rights movement as much as a participant. In 2010, Walker was awarded the LennonOno Peace Award for her ongoing humanitarian work by Yoko Ono.

 

Beauty In Truth offers audiences a penetrating look at a life lived with passionate commitment to truth and justice.

Directed by Pratibha Parmar, USA, 2013, 84 min., USA, documentary in English. 

Q&A after the screening followed by a catered reception.

Ticket: $25


And  also

 

ADIFF 2013 Launch Event this Friday at Teachers College

Friday, Nov. 8 at 6pm   

 

 

 

WHAT:  ADIFF 2013 Launch Event - FREE 

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 8 from 6pm to 9pm

WHERE: Teachers College, Columbia University - The Chapel
525 West 120th St.  (between Broadway & Amsterdam). 

 

DETAILS

*Come discover ADIFF 2013's festival line up with the festival directors and local filmmakers 

*Discover the festival trailer

*Come get a package of festival schedules to give out to your friends, family and neighborhood

*Attend a sneak preview screening 

*Enjoy refreshments and network with other ADIF F supporters
 

The New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will showcase 73 films from 35 countries during its 21st edition, including 35 World, US and NY Premieres between November 29 and December 15, 2013. 

Several familiar faces are featured in the line-up including Danny Glover, Michael Beach, Alice Walker, Steven Spielberg, Graham Greene, Isaach De Bankolé and Isaiah Washington. 

 
Richness and Diversity are the staples of ADIFF.  This year again, discover amazing films from all over the world.  Here are some of the themes and highlights to explore in ADIFF 2013:

 


* Comedies  












or


 
 FESTIVAL SCHEDULES CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

- Quad Cinema   (34 West 13th Street)  

- Thalia Cinema, Symphony Space (95th Street and Broadway) 

- Teachers College's Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs (525 West 120th St, room 128 Zankel) 

- Black Spectrum (177 st & Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, Queens) 

- IFC Cinema (323 Avenue of the Americas at West 4th Street)

http://nyadiff.org/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ScheduleADIFF2013Web.pdf 

 
AND
 

Upcoming Programs and Events at The Jewish Museum

Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation with Alan Cheuse
Presented by Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm


Celebrated writer Joyce Carol Oates—author of the novels The AccursedThe Gravedigger’s Daughter, and many more—joins NPR book critic, author, and Moment Magazine fiction editor Alan Cheuse for a discussion on the promise and purpose of fiction. The winners of the annual Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction contest also read from their winning stories.

General $15; Students/Seniors (65+) $12; Members $10
Buy tickets >

Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Common Care Resource for NJ educators!

New Resource on Common Core to be Introduced from the NJ Department of Education.

The NJDOE, in partnership with the Common Core Learning Engine, has released the New Jersey Educator Resource Exchange, a website that provides instructional materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS).


Currently over 2,000 resources are "tagged" to particular standards and the NJ model curriculum student learning objectives (SLOs). This is a free resource to New Jersey educators, which will allow them both to download instructional resources to use in the classroom, and to upload resources for other educators to use in their own classrooms.

The Educator Resource Exchange website will allow educators, parents and community members to navigate the standards, search for and download instructional resources, create a library of resources for later use, and establish a "resource feed" that will notify them when new resources are added to the site.


Among others, these resources include lesson plans, videos, and assessment items. Access to the website is free for all users and requires only a quick registration.  Educator Resource Exchange
Website:  http://njcore.org/

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Paul Robeson program at NJCU 10/16/13



 

Lecture & Mini Recital

“Significance of Paul Robeson in 2013”

Presented by the

Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center
 
Wednesday October 16th

7:00 pm-9:00 pm,

Ingalls Hall, Rossey 101

New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ n07302-1597
 

Presenters:

Susan Robeson is a producer, documentary filmmaker, writer and consultant.  Robeson is a granddaughter of Paul Robeson.  She will show excerpts of her documentary on her grandfather’s life.

 Kevin Maynor will present a mini-recital “From the Repertoire of Paul Robeson” Mr. Maynor was recently named Cultural Envoy to the Pacific Islands and Eastern Asia. Mr. Maynor performed excerpts from Jerome Kern's “SHOWBOAT" and Scott Joplin's "TREEMONISHA" in Taiwan with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra.   Mr. Maynor has sung everywhere from Carnegie Hall to The Beijing Concert Hall in China including  the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Opera Pacific, and the Saratov Opera in Russia.


Call (201) 200-3524 for more information