Category: Economic Justice/Poverty/Immigration

An Oldie But Goodie

This week, I had an occasion to talk about a favorite book of mine: Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno, when I was asked, “What is the most provocative book you’ve ever taught?” This book wins hands-down. Set in…

Outstanding International Books 2011

Celebrating the best of children’s international books of 2011! Outstanding International Books is a project of the United States chapter of the International Board on Books for the Young. These books reflect excellence in worldwide writing for young readers. The…

Anthony Horton: Rest in Peace

Many of you didn’t hear about Anthony Horton’s death. Probably most of you don’t know who he is. Anthony Horton spent the last thirty years living underground in New York City’s subway tunnels. Sunday he died in a fire in…

We’ve Got a Job

Several outstanding nonfiction books for youth published in the last few years have told the story of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, a city notorious even in the South for its resistance to change and the amount of…

And the Winner Is…

Yesterday the American Library Association announced the winners of the Youth Media Awards, an event one colleague compared to opening a pile of holiday gifts. The “gift” that made me the happiest this year was the Pura Belpré Award for…

The Birthday Party Pledge

For the past two years, I’ve spent the middle of January at the residency for Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults, but before I enrolled in this fine program, I staffed a…