What few people understand and some people don’t want to understand is that the chattel slavery inflicted on blacks in America was distinctly different from slavery in Africa, Russia, Ireland, Rome, Greece, or Egypt. The notion that a person and their descendants would be held in generational perpetuity without any hope of liberation was only featured in America… for hundreds of years, affecting millions of people. Slavery is America’s original sin. Many of our fellow citizens continue to suffer horrific injustice and inequality because we haven’t learned our history and we lack the moral courage to deal with what happened then and what is happening now.
— Laurie Halse Anderson (public facebook comment)
Authors must be allowed to focus on the topics and ideas that contain personal meanings, that they feel passionate about examining in their work, and that they can feel proud of creating. Solely focusing on what an author hasn’t given readers can mean we risk missing an awful lot of what they have.
— Shelly McNerney
from In which I think about gender of authors and characters…
Authors and Reading Lists
A sampling of YA author Andrew Smith’s Facebook Profile Photos: with two new books out in 2015 (Alex Crow and Stand Off) Smith is not only hard at work keeping his YA novels weird (and they ARE weird, in the best way) but also making sure that Facebook remains equally weird.
How Brian Selznick Created a Delightful Book Trailer for ‘The Marvels’ by Jennifer Maloney — from Speakeasy, Wall Street Journal
How to (Re)Tell a Story in Pictures by Gareth Hinds — from TeachingBooks.net
M.T. Anderson: ‘Seeking Out the Truth’ for Teens — from Shelf Awareness
Italy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid translated into Latin — from BBC News from Elsewhere
Meet Marvel’s newest female superhero in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Andrea Towers — from Entertainment Weekly
SUMMER READING compiled by Crystal — from Rich In Color
The Best Feminist Books For Younger Readers by Brandi Bailey — From Book Riot
Looking for a Back-to-School Chapter Book Read Aloud? Don’t Miss These! by Daryl Grabarek — from School Library Journal
In which I think about gender of authors and characters… by Shelly McNerney — from macstackbooks.com
Kids’ Thoughts on Censorship (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 1) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature
Rewriting History: American Indians, Europeans, and an Oak Tree (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 3) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature
Allie’s Reflections (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 4) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature
Representations (and the Lack Thereof) of Race and Hair (Loudness in the Library Year Three, Part 2) by Allie Jane Bruce — from Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature
Monticello’s whitewashed version of history by Desiree H. Melton — from The Washington Post
Follow-up discussion on author Laurie Halse Anderson’s public facebook post regarding the above article.