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The Book That Made Me Hate the Newbery

It took only one book to make me hate all things Newbery. It was autumn 1975, and my sixth-grade teacher assigned us Paula Fox’s The Slave Dancer, which had won the Newbery Award the previous year. Set in 1840, the novel follows Jessie Bollier, a white thirteen-year-old boy kidnapped from...
      

Black Girlhood and Newbery Winners

Virginia Hamilton (left) and Mildred D. Taylor (right). Taylor photo: Jack Ackerman, The Toledo Blade. As a Black woman, African American children’s books scholar, and educator, I am dismayed that there have only been two Black women to win the Newbery Medal in its one hundred years. Virginia Hamilton was...
      

From Trend to Norm: How the Last Twenty Years of the Newbery Can Guide Us

Newbery Award titles are among the more visible of books for young readers. As such, they provide the opportunity to explore in microcosm a potential template that can be applied to the entire arena of books for children and teens. My book A Single Shard won the Newbery Medal in...
      

Field Notes: Teaching Flying Lessons & Other Stories

In a foreword to the paperback edition of the groundbreaking anthology Flying Lessons & Other Stories — edited by Ellen Oh, first published in 2017 in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, and dedicated to the late Walter Dean Myers — Christopher Myers writes, “Imagine…this book you are holding, Flying...
      

Five Questions for Maxine Beneba Clarke about When We Say Black Lives Matter

When Kitty and I visited All She Wrote Books last week, it was the first time we were able to see "in person" some of our recent favorite new picture books. Some of them even came home with us — including When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke, winner of...
      

Antiracist Baby and "didactic intent"

Regardless of your politics, for those of us invested in children's literature, watching Ted Cruz’s questioning of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson earlier this week was a bit surreal. I mean, children’s books make their way into culture-wars debates all the time, but that usually happens in the once-sleepy...
      

Mirrors, Windows, Sliding Glass Doors; Prisms…Curtains…Starting Blocks…and More!

The first evening I walked into room 212 of Ramseyer Hall at The Ohio State University and took a seat near the front, so I could see and hear everything Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop shared, my life as a librarian, writer, and speaker was changed forever. You see, my family...
      

Tu Bishvat is here

In addition to being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday is Tu Bishvat*! The holiday, whose name just means “the fifteenth day of the month of Shvat,” is a Jewish holiday considered the New Year of the Trees.  It’s a day to celebrate all things tree-related. Need a book recommendation?...
      

When Failure Is Not an Option: Connecting the Dots with STEM

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A few years ago, I was asked to give the keynote address as part of a daylong STEM workshop for middle-grade science teachers. I suggested inviting a NASA specialist for a separate virtual session. It wasn’t the first time I’d done that. While conducting a session on planets for fourth...
      

ABC Your Way to Confidence

Velena Collins Smoot is the author of the picture book ABC Your Way to Confidence, illustrated by Whimsical Designs by CJ, and self-published. She's family with someone I consider like family (Hi, Winsome!), and I was happy to be able to learn more about her very personal and heartfelt project. Follow @abcyourway on...
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