Interview with a Librarian for Incarcerated Youth

An interview with librarian and advocate Amy Cheney, who works with incarcerated youth in Alameda, California.

How diverse is the NYPL’s 100 Great Children’s Books list?

Tu Books Publisher Stacy Whitman looks at how many diverse titles made the New York Public Library’s list of 100 Great Children’s Books from the Last 100 Years.

ALA Recap: Lee & Low and Cinco Puntos Discuss Multicultural Publishing

A recap of the ALA Book Buzz discussion with Lee and Low Books and Cinco Puntos Press about multicultural publishing.

ALA 2013 Signing Schedule (and giveaways!)

Will you be at ALA 2013 this year in Chicago? If so, we’d love to meet you! We’ll be in booth #2305. Here’s what’s happening: ARC Giveaways! Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac (fall 2013) Bruchac’s newest YA novel retells the story of Lozen, the monster slayer of Apache legend, with a post-apocalyptic steampunk twist. […]

The Gift of Hope: Guadalupe Garcia McCall on first books

Author/poet Guadalupe Garcia McCall reveals how the mission of First Book, to get low-income children their very first book, is a reality that many children face, including herself when she was growing up.

The Origins of the Coretta Scott King Award

Dr. Henrietta M. Smith, Professor Emerita and the first African-American professor at the University of South Florida, School of Information shares her memories of how the Coretta Scott King Award began.

Happy birthday, Richard Wright

Author Richard Wright was born on September 4, 1908 on a plantation in rural Mississippi. He attended school through the first few weeks of high school before he dropped out to work, but always maintained a deep love of reading. As a black man in the South at that time, he was not allowed to […]

Diverse Dystopias: A Book List

In honor of the upcoming release of our new YA anthology, Diverse Energies, we thought we’d put together a list of dystopias with diversity. For the purposes of this list, our definition of diversity is: 1.) A book with a main character of color (not just secondary characters), or 2.) A book written by an […]

ALA 2012: What I learned & a recap in photos

We had a great time this year at the American Library Association in Anaheim! It’s been a while since we were out on the West Coast, and it was fun to be able to see old friends who we haven’t seen in a while and make some new ones, too. Attendance was high, enthusiasm was […]

ALA 2012: California-Bound

Wasn’t it *just* March? Hard to believe we’re already getting ready for ALA Annual in just a few short weeks. The best part of ALA is always meeting people face to face, and we hope many of you will come find us at Booth #2436 to say hello in person. We’ll be giving out ARCs […]

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