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Review of You Are Here: Connecting Flights

You Are Here: Connecting Flights edited by Ellen Oh Intermediate, Middle School    Allida/HarperCollins    272 pp. 3/23    9780063239081    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780063239104    $11.99 In this collection of linked short stories, a nasty storm strikes Chicago’s (fictional) Gateway International Airport, delaying flights and suspending travel plans. Twelve-year-old Paul and his family, who...

From the Editor - June 2023

In case you missed it, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were announced yesterday; yes, we secretly knew, when we asked Scholastic if we could do a Five Questions interview with Jack Wong for this issue of Notes, that he had won the Picture Book Award for When You Can Swim,...

We Need Diverse Books: A Decade in Action

It all started on Twitter. In April 2014, the fan convention BookCon announced a lineup of authors for a “blockbuster” panel — a panel that consisted of four white men. Frustrated by this news, authors Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo discussed the lack of representation across the children’s publishing industry...

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...

"A Conversation with Ellen Oh" event at Simmons University

Photo: Elissa Gershowitz.Earlier this week, Cindy and I attended a talk at Simmons University by author and anthologist Ellen Oh, cofounder, president, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books. She started her presentation with some of the reasons why We Need Diverse Books, both broad (statistics about POC representation and...

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