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The Great Race - Children's Literature Network

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I was totally delighted with the newest addition to my public library's folktale collection, the Indonesian folktale The Great Race by Nathan Kumar Scott. It is a classic trickster story, the trickster here being a little mouse deer ...
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The Art and Wisdom of Kadir Nelson

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Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit

Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
A beautiful illustrated celebration of women's journey toward creative freedom and mobility.

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EE Week Suggested Reading for Students | National Environmental Education Week

EE Week Suggested Reading for Students | National Environmental Education Week | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
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Earth Day book ideas.

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Official Events | Book Week Online

Official Events | Book Week Online | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
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Children's Book Week- Mary 12-18 2014. Events will take place in all 50 states!  Find out if a event is near you. 


Also find videos from children's authors/illustrators who are helping us celebrate literacy!

 

 

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A Conversation With Ruth Tobar, Chair of the 2014 Pura Belpré Award Committee

A Conversation With Ruth Tobar, Chair of the 2014 Pura Belpré Award Committee | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Interview conducted by Wendy Lamb


Wendy Lamb:


Can you please tell me something of your background, and your work in children’s books?


Ruth Tobar:






I worked as Publisher and Executive Director at Children’s Book Press and have been involved with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking for over a decade.  In that time I have helped to plan and identify resources for the 10th and 15th Pura Belpré Anniversary Celebraciones and served on the 2010 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee.  I have participated on other committees and have worked with the leadership of REFORMA to strengthen the association at many levels.  I have volunteered at REFORMA’s RNC IV Conference in Denver and have assisted in any way I can.  As a person of color and a publisher of multicultural children’s books, I saw the value of having children of color reflected in published works and involving the community that is reflected in the books as well.



WL:


Why did you take on the role of chair of this award?



RT:






I was deeply honored when I was asked to chair the 2014 Pura Belpré Award Committee. I accepted the role of chair of the Pura Belpré Award Committee because the co-chairs of REFORMA’s CAYASC committee, Ana Elba Pavón and Lucia González, believed that my experience and background put me in a good position to lead the committee. As chair my goals are to build a team that will work collaboratively to select the highest quality books that reflect the Latino experience in the United States and Puerto Rico. I am humbled by the opportunity. The committee is comprised of a group of excellent and dedicated librarians and their names are Mary Clark, Alicia K. Long, Paula Gonzales, Maria X. Peterson, Celia C. Perez and Armando Ramirez and Oralia Garza de Cortés, who served as the Cultural Competence Consultant and is one of the founders of the award.



WL:









This year’s winning books are a varied, rich group. In fiction: the Award book, Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina, has one of the most memorable titles ever.  Matt de la Peña’s Honor book, The Living, is an intense high adventure thriller. Another Honor is a remarkable biography in poems by Margarita Engle: The Lightening Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist; the third Honor is a kind of folk tale, Pancho Rabbit And The Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. This also won an Honor in illustration. The other winners in the Illustrator category are equally impressive. Each one is original, and so appealing: The Award book is Nino Wrestles The World, by Yuyi Morales, and the Honor Books are María Had A Little Llama/ María Tenía Una Pequeña Llamita  written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez,  and Tito Puente Mambo King/ Rey Del Mambo written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael López.



Are you finding that your pool of high quality books is growing?


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There is excellence in what there is being published. The top is very high quality. In terms of the quantity of books and the ability of a teacher, librarian or parent to select among many excellent books—now that is where the problem is currently. Since 2010, when I served on the committee, the numbers have gone down although talent has not diminished, but the number of submissions has gone down, and we are in crisis mode.



You look at the Newbery and Printz and Caldecott books—usually it’s white winners. With the exception of a Newbery Honor for Margarita Engle, for The Surrender Tree, or David Diaz’s Caldecott for Smoky Night, Latinos are excluded. 



WL:


How can publishers do a better job of finding and publishing writers from a Spanish-speaking background?


RT:


There’s been an ongoing conversation about Latinos in print for the past year; The New York Times published an article in December 2012 entitled “For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing” about the lack of Latino children’s literature and recently another article entitled “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?,” and Latino librarians held a panel discussion at ALA Annual in Chicago, facilitated by Lucia González. It was very well attended—the panel included Oralia Garza de Cortés, Teresa Mlawer, Liza González Sánchez, and Jason Low. They talked about the increasing number of Latinos in the US population, and the decreasing number of books by Latinos. Publishers such as Arte Público, Cinco Puntos, and Lee & Low are consistent in their publishing of Latino works, but the bigger houses must have more of a presence. As we grow in population, the Latino community’s presence in publishing stays the same or even decreases. 



The publishing houses could also reach the Latino community by hiring Latinos in decision-making positions at all levels of their organizations.  The talent pool within our community filled with talented, professional, and very creative people and would happily work to publish, market, and sell high quality Latino literature for children.



Publishers should look at two blogs: the Lee and Low’s The Open Book, and Celia C. Perez’s, All Brown All Around, a blog about Latinos in children’s and YA Books. Celia is a member of the 2014 Pura Belpré jury.   Both blogs are excellent and very informative.  The websites of Latino authors and artists, of the small multicultural and Latino publishing houses, Día de los niños / Día de los libros, the Pura Belpré Award, the Tomás Rivera Book Award and the Américas Book Award are also great resources to identify Latino authors and artists.





Publishers should also talk to everyone who has ever been a part of the Pura Belpré committee—they have a really intimate knowledge of this area.  Every children’s librarian, anybody who buys or selects books or helps a kid out at the library, the local people who give their time, are the people who have the answers. Publishers should attend Latino poetry slams, the arts festivals, and the cultural events as well. The Latino community is incredibly talented and the arts are alive in our communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.





WL:


Ruth, thank you so much for speaking with me—what an interesting and helpful conversation. Thank you, too, for your work with REFORMA, with the Pura Belpré Committee, as an educator, and as a former publisher.  I look forward to hearing memorable speeches at this year’s Pura Belpré ceremony. I say ceremony—but it’s more than that—it’s always a celebration!



RT:


The 2014 Pura Belpré awards ceremony will be at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 29 from 1:30 until 3:30 pm (please check conference program for the room). In 2016, REFORMA and ALSC will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards at ALA in Orlando, which will honor Dr. Henrietta Smith.










Ruth Tobar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Michigan State University and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has many years of experience in the fields of education, non-profit management, publishing, and multicultural literature for children.  Ruth is currently the director of Plaza Comunitaria in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a school for adults who did not have the opportunity to finish their schooling in their country of origin and served as Executive Director and Publisher for Children’s Book Press, a non-profit publishing house in San Francisco that published the award-winning children’s book The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucía M. González and Lulu Delacre.
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Try Tetractys

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By Edel Wignell © The Australian Society of Authors Everything old is new again. Rejections can be recycled in many different ways and, by applying a little imagination, they will have a new life. ...
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A site featuring interviews, poems, blog, reviews. Look at what is happening in Australia.

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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): 2014 Recipients of American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): 2014 Recipients of American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it

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What We Find In Young Children’s Literature

What We Find In Young Children’s Literature | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
From "Good Night Moon" to this year's crop, what we seek and share in young children's literature.
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A wonderful conversation about reading to young children

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Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway shortlists 2014 announced!

Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway shortlists 2014 announced! | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Anne Fine is trying for a hat-trick in the Carnegie and Jon Klassen competes against himself for a Kate Greenaway medal – the awards that authors and illustrators "most want to win" – how many books on the shortlist have you read?

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The Apartheid of Children’s Literature

The Apartheid of Children’s Literature | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Too often today’s books are blind to the reality of thousands of children.
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Gender-Nonconforming Picture Books

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Kirkus Reviews Blog: Children's: Gender-Nonconforming Picture Books
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How the school librarian touches every child (Includes interview)

How the school librarian touches every child (Includes interview) | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Paper books, libraries and librarians -- not outdated, are even more culturally necessary today for both parents and children.
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Bedtime stories are still key to boosting literacy skills

Bedtime stories are still key to boosting literacy skills | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it

In an increasingly technological world, old-fashioned bedtime stories are still among the best ways to bolster a child’s reading skills, say literacy experts.


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A Promise is a Promise

A Promise is a Promise | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Kirkus Reviews Blog: Children's: A Promise is a Promise
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An amazing story about a boy who stutters and who was helped by a jaguar. A true story by Alan Rabinowtiz, A Boy and a Jaguar.

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The best picture books for children reviews

The best picture books for children reviews | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
From a silent plan to a disappearing moggie, from the inside story of architecture to the simple pleasure of kicking a football, we round up the best new picture books for children
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Reading is different online than off, experts say - Washington Post

Reading is different online than off, experts say - Washington Post | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading

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We have more news about why reading is important- to develop the deep reading part of our brains.

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How Children’s Books Fuel Mascot Stereotypes - COLORLINES

How Children’s Books Fuel Mascot Stereotypes - COLORLINES | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Are good children’s books about Natives really that hard to find?
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Debbie Reese provides an insider's view of Native American children's literature.

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30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion
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April is National Poetry Month. Here are ways to celebrate- Remember Poem in Your Pocket Day.  A template for the pocket is included.  A handy way to celebrate poetry.  Remember to locate bilingual poetry for children. 

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How to Write a (Super) Hero | PEN World voices Festival

In this event geared towards readers aged 10 and up, celebrated writer and game designer Sarwat Chadda joins forces with young adult writer Christopher Farley to discuss the creation of alternate universes, the power of mythology, and what makes a successful hero’s quest.
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April 28-May 4, 2004

go to the PEN America World Voices Festival. Here is a session on how to create a hero quest.

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18 Classic Children's Books From Around The World

18 Classic Children's Books From Around The World | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Accordian-playing crocodiles and helicopter men abound in these beautiful and bizarre stories.

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Children’s Literature Not as Simple as It Seems

Children’s Literature Not as Simple as It Seems | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Children's literature expert Victoria Ford Smith says many books perceived as simple are actually very complex.
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Campaign to end gender-specific children's books gathers support

Campaign to end gender-specific children's books gathers support | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Waterstones, children's laureate Malorie Blackman, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Phillip Pullman among supporters
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Does Reading a Book Count More Than Listening to One?

Does Reading a Book Count More Than Listening to One? | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Do you have fond memories of being read to as a child? Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you think listening to books counts the same way reading those books would, or do you think listening is less serious? Why?

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It makes all the difference. Gives Dyslexic children/parents a better method of receiving/giving all details. Also, depending on the way a voice relays the story can make all the difference. Either way, it's best to sit beside ur child in bed and become engaged in the book. Whether by braille, voice or sight. It's really subjective to the person who is absorbing it.
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Top 10: Best African-American Picture Books (ages 4-12)

Top 10:  Best African-American Picture Books (ages 4-12) | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Blog post at PragmaticMom : African-American History Through Picture Books This Top 10 list of African-American Picture Books is different for me, because rather than [..] (Top 10: Best African-American Picture Books (ages 4-12)

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A Vietnamese Pioneer, Modeled On An American Legend

A Vietnamese Pioneer, Modeled On An American Legend | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it

HPioneer Girl is the story of a young woman whose brother has disappeared.

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How Wilder's classic Little House books inspired a Vietnamese story.

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