Category: Environment

The Green Book

  RUTH AND THE GREEN BOOK by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, illustrations by Floyd Cooper This picture book is about a family road trip in their fancy new car. What could be more fun or exciting?  Eating at cafés and roadside…

The Listeners

  The Listeners is a picture book that gave me a picture of a culture I perhaps had not heretofore wanted to think about, that of slave families in the antebellum South. It is ultimately about hope because it is…

Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa

RED BIRD SINGS:   The Story of Zitkala-Sa,   Native American Author, Musician, and Activist,    Adapted by Gina Capaldi & Q.L. Pearce, illustrations by Gina Capaldi Imagine being eight years old and leaving home.  Not running away but leaving in order to…

Katherine Erskine on Writing Mockingbird

 MOCKINGBIRD  (National Book Award, 2010), (Crystal Kite Award 2011)   In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white.  Things are good or bad.  Anything in between is confusing.  That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained.  But now…

Ruth and the Green Book

  This book is a good primer about Jim Crow for young readers. Probably many of us who were alive at any point during the span of that apartheid can hardly believe such a system existed during our lifetimes. For…

Notable Books for a Global Society

A Sweet List Of “well written books…bringing stories that are engaging and compelling,” sometimes startling. The Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) is a relatively new list.  Many may ask, why do we need another list? First a quote:…

Call for Manuscripts

The Journal of Children’s Literature has a “call for manuscripts” on “Exploring issues of social justice through children’s literature” for the Fall 2012 issue. Manuscripts are due Feb. 1 2012. Manuscripts are to be submitted to: Miriam Martinez, Jonda C. McNair…