WNDB Friends and Followers: On behalf of the WNDB board and staff, I write to let you know that WNDB will continue to provide support and resources to our followers as we all find ways to stay informed and connected in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team works remotely and is paying … [Read more...] about A Letter From We Need Diverse Books in Response to COVID-19
By Andrea Ruggirello If you’re a supporter of diversity in children’s literature, then you understand the power of story to empower and affirm all identities. But do changes to the smallest bits of those stories—words, format, punctuation, letters—matter just as much? Nikotris Perkins, a … [Read more...] about How Educators Can Talk About Inclusive Language With Young People
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2020 The Everywhere Book Fest: Bringing the Festival Experience to Everyone, Everywhere! The Everywhere Book Fest announces its first online children's book festival scheduled for May 1 and May 2, 2020. Founded by authors Melanie Conklin, Ellen Oh, and … [Read more...] about The Everywhere Book Fest: Bringing the Festival Experience to Everyone, Everywhere!
By Aya Khalil When my parents, brother, and I moved to the United States from Egypt 31 years ago, we were lonely, as most immigrants are when they arrive. We lived in New Jersey at the time, and with limited English-speaking skills and no car, my mom would take us on long bus rides with each … [Read more...] about Aya Khalil Wrote THE ARABIC QUILT Based on Her Experiences as an Immigrant
Today we’re pleased to welcome Valerie Bolling to the WNDB blog to discuss her picture book LET'S DANCE!, out now! This rhythmic showcase of dances from all over the world features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away! Tap, twirl, twist, spin! With … [Read more...] about Q&A with Valerie Bolling: LET’S DANCE!
By Karis Rogerson Harley in the Sky is Akemi Dawn Bowman’s third YA novel, but she says it’s the first in which she let herself write with no worries, choosing to focus on the writing itself and not on everything (marketing, reception, sales) that she has no control over. “I quit Twitter, … [Read more...] about Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Latest YA Novel Is About an Aerial Performer Joining the Circus
Content warning: This article contains accurate historical information about ableism and the eugenics movement in the early 1900s in the United States. By J. Albert Mann As a disability activist, I’m often asked, "Has it gone too far?" in reference to accommodations, accessibility, inclusion, … [Read more...] about Writing About Disability and Eugenics in 1928 in THE DEGENERATES
Today we’re pleased to welcome Marieke Nijkamp to the WNDB blog to discuss their graphic novel THE ORACLE CODE, out March 10, 2020! After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham's teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now … [Read more...] about Q&A with Marieke Nijkamp: THE ORACLE CODE
by medina As a child, I loved words. I was adopted when I was two and a half years old from Honduras and I found all things American fascinating, especially the English language. English words stuck to the roof of my mouth like fudge. I chewed them soft and taught them how to form shapes that … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to See Your Full Self on the Page?