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Crow Indian Culture in Poetry by Henry Real Bird

Crow Indian Culture in Poetry by Henry Real Bird | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Henry Real Bird talks about Crow Indian culture and reads poems from his new collection, Wolf Teeth. He also sings a poem. About Henry Real Bird's poetry:
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Valley Journal: Stayin’ alive: keeping poetry relevant

Valley Journal: Stayin’ alive: keeping poetry relevant | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
ST. IGNATIUS – Mention poetry and many people turn away thinking it’s the boring stuff of dead people.
On Feb. 28, fourth and fifth-grade s...
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Young Readers Say No Thanks to Enhanced E-Reading | Digital Book World

Young Readers Say No Thanks to Enhanced E-Reading | Digital Book World | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it

So far, digital natives haven't shown much interest in e-reading, let alone enhanced ebooks, despite plenty of theories about why.


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Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.

"How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives," Annie Dil
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After 25 years, 'Heather Has Two Mommies' revised, updated

After 25 years, 'Heather Has Two Mommies' revised, updated | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
New York • A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the center of community battles over placement in the children's stacks.

Today, Heather — of "Heather Has Two Mommies" — has a lot more company in books for young kids about different kinds of families, but hers was out of print and seemed visually dated. That's why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations from a new artist and tweaking the text to streamline.



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There's one big change, but you have to squint to notice: Heather's Mama Kate and Mama Jane wear little matching rings on their marriage fingers.

"I don't specifically say that they're married but they are," Newman explained from her home just outside Northampton, Massachusetts. "I don't know where I could have smoothly inserted that into the text. That's not what the story is about. The story is really about Heather."

Heather was Newman's first picture book and is certainly her most well-known. The latest edition, out this month, is from Candlewick Press, with illustrations by Laura Cornell replacing those of Diana Souza.

Newman wrote the story in 1988 after a chance encounter in Northampton with Amy Jacobson, a lesbian mom who was looking for reading material that better reflected her life with her partner — now wife — and their young daughter — now grown.

"Every step I was educating people about our family because there was nothing else," recalled Jacobson. "If I hadn't done it somebody else would have found an author. The book needed to happen."

Newman, a full-time writer and poet at the time, chronicles Heather's love of all things "two," including her moms, one a doctor and the other a carpenter. When Heather joins a home-based play group — changed to "school" in the new version — she is saddened when teacher Molly reads the children a story at nap time focused on a daddy.

As the children chime in with their fathers' occupations, Heather bemoans, "I don't have a daddy," when asked what hers does for a living. The original story has her tearing up as she wonders if any other family looks like hers. The update has the children chiming in with the work of their mommies AND daddies, and it eliminates Heather's tears.

The process of getting Heather published in 1989 was a slow one.

"After I wrote the book I sent it to many, many publishers. Small presses, large presses. Children's book presses told me to try lesbian presses. Lesbian presses told me to try children's book presses. Nobody was really interested," Newman said.

There were about 50 turndowns. That's why she co-published the book with a friend who had a desktop printing business. The two found an illustrator and financed the endeavor mostly from $10 donations, promising each contributor a copy from the 4,000 they printed up.

Soon, writer and businessman Sasha Alyson came knocking. He had just put out another picture book, "Daddy's Roommate," about a divorced father who lives with his same-sex partner, when he spotted Heather in a Cambridge, Massachusetts, bookshop and offered to take it on.

Heather quickly took off and the repercussions — for both Newman's book and "Daddy's Roommate" by Michael Willhoite — were big.

Opposition to the books in New York City, primarily among members of one local school board in Queens, contributed to the downfall of schools Chancellor Joseph Fernandez. He had defended them as optional reading for elementary school classrooms in a broader "Children of the Rainbow" curriculum intended to encourage teachers to better embrace diversity.

Both books landed at the center of a federal court battle in Wichita Falls, Texas, after Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church, waved them around during a sermon on "Sodom and Gomorrah" and blasted them as anti-God and unsuitable for children.

He and other opponents took to checking the books out of the local library without return, only to have supporters drop off new copies for loan. The City Council, on a 4-3 vote, decided to take the issue to those with valid library cards, allowing for 300 to demand the books be moved from the children's section to an adult shelf. A judge deemed the effort unconstitutional and the city didn't appeal.

Lead attorney for Heather and her supporters, John Horany, had a personal injury practice in Dallas but signed on to work with the ACLU to defend the books on constitutional grounds after an old friend told him of the controversy in Wichita Falls, where he grew up, heading to the library to stay cool during sultry summer days.

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Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Blog Archive » What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week,Featuring Yevgenia Nayberg and Gemma O’Callaghan

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Blog Archive » What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week,Featuring Yevgenia Nayberg and Gemma O’Callaghan | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
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Emily Jenkins’s ‘A Fine Dessert,’ and More

Emily Jenkins’s ‘A Fine Dessert,’ and More | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
John Lithgow reviews three picture books that celebrate the places we inhabit and the traditions they contain.
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IBBY Congress - New Zealand 2016

IBBY Congress - New Zealand 2016 | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it

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Freed ISIS Hostages Publish Children's Book - Huffington Post

Freed ISIS Hostages Publish Children's Book - Huffington Post | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Two French journalists held for 10 months by the Islamic State militant group have published a children's book that they wrote in secret during captivity.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live | Editors Picks: Liam Neeson Reads a Bedtime Story, Wants to Get a Tattoo on ABC.com

Jimmy Kimmel Live | Editors Picks: Liam Neeson Reads a Bedtime Story, Wants to Get a Tattoo on ABC.com | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Liam Neeson stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to help put any kids to sleep who might've still been awake during the Wednesday, March 11, 2015 episode. The star of such action movies as Run All Night and the Taken series doesn't suffer fools lightly, so see how Liam Neeson reads the classic children's story, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed:

Liam Neeson also sat down for an interview with Jimmy...
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One Poet’s Story | Workshops for Children's Authors & Illustrators | Highlights Foundation

One Poet’s Story | Workshops for Children's Authors & Illustrators | Highlights Foundation | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Rebecca Kai Dotlich, poet and workshop leader of the April 2015 Spring Poetry Retreat, tells the story of her first book of poetry.
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Reading Incentive Film Series

Reading Incentive Film Series | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Preview and download the podcast Reading Incentive Film Series on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews.
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Free:   Hear Whistle for Willie, and other children's stories.

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A Conversation with a Nakoda/Assiniboine Poet

A Conversation with a Nakoda/Assiniboine Poet | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
During this program, Minerva Allen talks with TWQ producer Chérie Newman about her role as a guardian of tribal culture. She also reads from her collection
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New chapter to encourage reading at Edmondson Heights Elementary

New chapter to encourage reading at Edmondson Heights Elementary | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
Oh, the places they'll go, now that students at Edmondson Heights Elementary School have 750 new books to read in their very own jungle-themed space.
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Heather's Descendants | Kirkus

Heather's Descendants | Kirkus | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
To celebrate 'Heather Has Two Mommies' turning 25 years old, Julie Danielson talks about the book's evolution as well as new picture books serve to normalize gay parenting.
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CBC

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Children's Choice Awards now open. Vote for your favorites.

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7 Ways 'Harriet the Spy' Was Waaaay Ahead Of Its Time

7 Ways 'Harriet the Spy' Was Waaaay Ahead Of Its Time | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
When was the last time you read Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy? Published in 1964, the title was hugely inspirational for girls who didn’t quite fit in, either because they were super-boyish or super-brainy or both. That’s one of the reasons it’s near and dear to my heart, and why I pick it
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Here Comes Trouble

Here Comes Trouble | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
New picture books include “Use Your Words, Sophie!” and “Wolfie the Bunny.”
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Mother's Day 2015: Literary matriarchs and their daughters, from Little Women to Carrie

Mother's Day 2015: Literary matriarchs and their daughters, from Little Women to Carrie | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it

When I think of a mother figure, I imagine someone calling out "be careful!" That's my experience as a mother and as a daughter, a sense of visceral protectiveness. But the relationship can also be dense, difficult, close, loving, scratchy, enduring.


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Spring Break Reading Possibilities

Spring Break Reading Possibilities | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
I am looking ahead to spring break reading and am hoping to get to lots of books on my stack. There have been so many great middle grade novels that have been released recently.  Many are by authors whose work I love.

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Original unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript and additional work found in author's La Jolla, CA home

Original unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript and additional work found in author's La Jolla, CA home | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- An original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted...
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Children's Choice Book Awards

Children's Choice Book Awards | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
I just voted in the 2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards! Vote for your favorites now!
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Bestiaria Latina Blog: Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 10

Bestiaria Latina Blog: Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 10 | Multicultural Children's Literature | Scoop.it
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