The 2015 National Book Award Winners Revealedcbcbooks.org
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Neal Shusterman hopes that Challenger Deep “continues to help people and remove the stigma of mental illness.” @shelfawareness @harpercollinschildrens
By Daniel Ehrenhaft, Editorial Director at Soho Teen/Soho Press
A brief note of thanks
I’ve had the privilege to serve on the CBC Diversity Committee for three years, and this blog post marks the end of my tenure. I want to express my gratitude to all members past and present for the opportunity to work with you, particularly the staff at the CBC. Owing in large part to your tireless efforts (and gigantic brains), the industry has made tremendous strides in publishing children’s books that reflect points of view, identities, backgrounds, and cultures in ways that would have been unthinkable even ten years ago. But our work as publishing professionals is just getting started. Your ongoing commitment reminds us all how far we have to go.
“All teens are at risk. They’re at risk of falling prey to ignorance, hatred, violence, and all the other negative influences that surround them. They’re at risk of failing to take advantage of the opportunities and resources available to them. Everything we do here in the Teen Lounge serves at-risk teens. The rules of the teen lounge are respect the space, respect the staff, respect each other. And that’s all we try to encourage.” @schoollibraryjournal
Author Mitali Perkins: The Danger of a Single Story, Once Againmitaliblog.com
“Let’s take stock of the emerging and existing collection of stories we offer children around the storytelling fire. Are we creating, publishing, sharing, compiling, buying, featuring, and promoting MANY excellent stories all year around about black lives, past and present, offering a plethora of windows and mirrors?” @mitali
Writing has always been both a passion and hobby of mine, and I penned my debut novel, How to Say I Love You Out Loud in the wee hours of the morning, in ten-minute unexpected snippets of free time, and in part when I was on maternity leave with my son. But my day job, my work as a school psychologist, is another passion of mine, one that has inspired and influenced my writing. About 70% of the population at my school has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, many with co-morbid conditions. As more research is being done in the area of autism and more information is shared in the media, the general public is becoming more aware and understanding of what it means to live with autism.
How Walter Dean Myers Taught Me to Stop Writing Whitemedium.com
“Through his characters, Myers gave me permission to allow my imagination to intersect with my reality, resulting in characters who looked and sounded like my family, friends, and community taking root and blooming across the pages.”
— Sofia Quintero @penguinrandomhouse
By Christian Trimmer, executive editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Many of the biggest lessons in my life I learned from books. Bridge to Terabithia helped me understand loss and grief. I figured out how to be a good friend and listener from Judy Blume’s novels. The Romantic Movement challenged me to be more actively present in my relationships. And from Jurassic Park, I learned never to extract dinosaur DNA from amber-entombed mosquitoes.
It’s heartening that today’s youth are embracing books like Wonder, Out of My Mind, The Thing About Jellyfish, and Eleanor & Park—novels that highlight differences and encourage compassion. I can imagine the wonderful conversations these stories are sparking, and I bet kids who read these books feel better equipped to navigate challenging situations and confront injustice. And I’m going to contend that parents and educators who buy these books for their children are doing so not only because the novels are excellent reads, but also because they recognize the potential lessons to be gleaned from the pages.
With that in mind, I ask that you put books like the following into the hands of your customers, kids, and students:
#WEHAVEDIVERSEBOOKS FOR KIDS IN SCHOLASTIC READING CLUB THIS HOLIDAYweneeddiversebooks.org
“We are thrilled to partner with Scholastic on the Reading Club flyer, and to help all kids find both mirrors of their own experiences and windows into the experiences of others,” said Dhonielle Clayton, Vice President of Librarian Services for We Need Diverse Books™.
Scholastic Reading Club and We Need Diverse Books™ Team Up to Offer Special Collection of More than 75 Diversity-Themed Books for Children! @scholasticreadingclub @weneeddiversebooks
Latino Authors Weigh in on Reaching Readers: A NYPL Panelpublishersweekly.com
“The myth that books about children of color don’t sell… must be dispelled and will be easily, once more books with minority main characters are published, kids line up to buy them, and publishers take notice.” @publishersweekly