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Biographies: Black Men in Picture books
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks and Colin Bootman (Lee and Low; 2016) Tiny Stitches is as much a history of modern medicine as it is a children’s ...
Biographies: Black Men
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of young John Lewis by Jabari Asim and E. B. Lewis. (Nancy Paulsen Books; 2016) I remember reading about John Lewis adopting his family’s chickens as his...
CCBC Data Dive
In 2015 Nielsen released Increasingly Affluent, Educated and Diverse a report that focused on the increase buying power of African Americans earning >$60k/annually. The information on this g...
Biography: Mahalia A Life In Gospel Music
title: Mahalia A Life in Gospel Music author: Roxane Orgill date: Candlewick, 2002 Roxane Orgill began her writing career as a music critic and she eventually transformed to an author of chi...
Sunday Morning Reads
Perhaps today’s post is going to be an uncomfortable one, but in opening up conversations about money and finances with my friends and family, I’ve found a mutually beneficial exchange of id...
Black History Month 2017: Biographies
Roll out Black History Monday and roll out the biographies. This month is always filled with lives of the successful, accomplished and little known African American heroes and sheroes who co...
ALA Mid Winter 2017 is in the books! For those of you unfamiliar, The American Library Association (ALA) has two conferences each year: Annual in June and Midwinter in Jan/Feb. Midwinter is ...
2017 Debut Authors of Color and Native Americans
Thanks to everyone on Twitter who helped me compose this list. It’s important that we connect with these new YA authors; follow them on social media and read their books because this is crit...
I have a new ‘do! I never did pick a word for 2017, haven’t set any goals (well, except one) and haven’t made any resolutions. Yet, this year feels so new and so filled with possibilities! F...
January 2017 Releases
JANUARY After the Fall by Kate Hart; Farrar Strauss and Giroux. ages 12 and up Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt and his slacker brothe...
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