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Our children are gorgeously diverse and they love a good read. At the heart of Real Kids/ Good Books are authors and illustrators who are building a new diverse canon, book by dazzling book.

Themes include: children of color, LGBTQ, adoption, special needs, math, science and writing. And of course there is also a mishmash of miscellany and reblogged tidbits that strike my fancy as they float by.

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-Kate

therealjenwang:

Another thing that comes out today is EXPLORER: THE HIDDEN DOORS, an all-ages anthology edited by AMULET author Kazu Kibuishi. I had a short story in it called LUIS 2.0. I highly recommend the EXPLORER series for those looking for good comics for kids. Look for it online and at your local book retailer!

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DiYA's Middle Grade Month Giveaway →

diversityinya:

Although Diversity in YA focuses on young adult books, we couldn’t help but notice the great diverse middle grade titles out this year, so we decided to spend a full month focused on these books! October 2014 is Middle Grade Month here at DiYA and to kick it off we’re giving away 15 books from…

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The more I write stories for young people, and the more young readers I meet, the more I’m struck by how much kids long to see themselves in stories. To see their identities and perspectives—their avatars—on the page. Not as issues to be addressed or as icons for social commentary, but simply as people who get to do cool things in amazing worlds. Yes, all the ‘issue’ books are great and have a place in literature, but it’s a different and wildly joyous gift to find yourself on the pages of an entertainment, experiencing the thrills and chills of a world more adventurous than our own.

And when you see that as a writer, you quickly realize that you don’t want to be the jerk who says to a young reader, ‘Sorry, kid. You don’t get to exist in this story; you’re too different.’ You don’t want to be part of our present dystopia that tells kids that if they just stopped being who they are they could have a story written about them, too. That’s the role of the bad guy in the dystopian stories, right? Given a choice, I’d rather be the storyteller who says every kid can have a chance to star.

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Paolo Bacigalupi, Straight-Laced Dystopias  (via malapropsbookstore)

Love this.

(via elockhartbooks)

(Source: vickiexz, via aishacs)

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Latino Comics Expo: LCX San José Programming →

robtrujilloart:

This weekend yall! The Latino Comics Expo! The only comics expo I know of that features Latino authors and illustrators!

looks amazing! 

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How Common Core's book choices fail children of color →

(Source: leeandlow, via tubooks)

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ZEN PENCILS » BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice →

Zen Pencils’ heart-felt homage to Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes fame.

— 3 weeks ago
yeahwriters:

penguinteen:

If you want to find out more about which books are frequently banned or challenged, where, and why, the Huffington Post has a great article stuffed with infographics that tell you just that. Is your favorite book or author on the list? How are you celebrating Banned Books Week?

I’m in the middle of reading Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, which is maybe like, the most banned book ever. Perfect timing for Banned Books Week!!!

yeahwriters:

penguinteen:

If you want to find out more about which books are frequently banned or challenged, where, and why, the Huffington Post has a great article stuffed with infographics that tell you just that. Is your favorite book or author on the list? How are you celebrating Banned Books Week?

I’m in the middle of reading Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, which is maybe like, the most banned book ever. Perfect timing for Banned Books Week!!!

— 3 weeks ago with 729 notes