By Alaina Leary Today we’re pleased to welcome Whitney D. Grandison to the WNDB blog to discuss her YA novel The Right Side of Reckless, out July 13, 2021! He’s never met a rule he didn’t break… She’s followed the rules her whole life… When they meet, one golden rule is established: stay … [Read more...] about Q&A With Whitney D. Grandison, The Right Side of Reckless
By Alaina Leary Today we’re pleased to welcome Axie Oh to the WNDB blog to discuss her YA XOXO, out July 13, 2021! Jenny’s never had much time for boys, K-pop, or really anything besides her dream of being a professional cellist. But when she finds herself falling for a K-pop idol, she has to … [Read more...] about Q&A With Axie Oh, XOXO
By Nia Tucker In the year 2020, Google searches for the term antiracist peaked from May to June. The second most popular term was reading, followed by the title of the book Antiracist Baby. The rise of antiracism in the face of increased police brutality and racist state surveillance has caused … [Read more...] about Are Antiracism Books for Kids Actually Working?
Bella's Recipe for Success by Ana Siqueira, illustrated by Geraldine Rodríguez, is on sale on July 13, 2021. 30,000 Stitches by Amanda Davis, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport, is on sale now. By Ana Siqueira and Amanda Davis What does it feel like to walk in another person’s shoes? To get … [Read more...] about What Connects Us as Humans: The Power of Our Stories
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass is on sale July 13, 2021. By Chinelo Ikem Content warning: suicide Ryan Douglass is an author who has written extensively about the lack of representation in publishing, especially as it pertains to queer Black boys. In his medium article, How … [Read more...] about Ryan Douglass’s the Taking of Jake Livingston Uses the Horror Genre To Explore Anti-Blackness and Homophobia
Something Happened in Our Park by Marietta Collins, Ph.D., Marianne Celano, Ph.D., and Ann Hazzard, Ph.D., illustrated by Keith Henry Brown and Something Happened in Our Town by Marietta Collins, Ph.D., Marianne Celano, Ph.D., and Ann Hazzard, Ph.D., illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin, are available … [Read more...] about Tackling Controversial Topics in Children’s Books
By Rhonda Roumani Growing up, I never saw myself in the books that I read. But as an Arab American, I was okay with that. That’s because, from a very young age, I was painfully aware that in the news and in movies, my people were the enemy. Arabs were sword-wielding, bomb-making terrorists. Or … [Read more...] about Where Are the Arab Authors in Kidlit?
Today we are excited to reveal the cover for Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee! The cover art was illustrated by Mimi Moffie and the cover was designed by Regina Flath. The book will be released on February 1, 2022, by Crown Books for Young Readers and is available … [Read more...] about Cover Reveal for Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee
This feature is part of a series of articles on youth activists. By Laura Shovan There is a concept in Judaism known as Tikkun Olam, “repair the world.” Right now, our world is in need of repair. During the COVID-19 pandemic, global society has been wrestling with equity issues. In the United … [Read more...] about Meet Youth Activist Zawadi Sankofa