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Today in Book News, we mourn the loss of legendary children’s and YA author Walter Dean Myers, whose motto was “Reading is not optional.” He died from complications from pneumonia. Myers wrote more than 100 children’s books, winning five Coretta Scott King Awards and two Newbery Honors along the way. Myers’ mission was as social as it was literary. His father was illiterate, and as the 2012/2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Myers traveled around the United States promoting literacy with his slogan “Reading is not optional.” 
Read more here.

A huge loss that will be widely felt. Darius and Twig is one of my recent favorites in YA. 

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Image via Scholastic

Today in Book News, we mourn the loss of legendary children’s and YA author Walter Dean Myers, whose motto was “Reading is not optional.” He died from complications from pneumonia. Myers wrote more than 100 children’s books, winning five Coretta Scott King Awards and two Newbery Honors along the way. Myers’ mission was as social as it was literary. His father was illiterate, and as the 2012/2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Myers traveled around the United States promoting literacy with his slogan “Reading is not optional.” 

Read more here.

A huge loss that will be widely felt. Darius and Twig is one of my recent favorites in YA. 

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libraryadvocates:

Net neutrality is really important for libraries because we are, first of all, in the information business. Our business now is not just increasingly, but dramatically, online, using digital information and providing services in this digital environment. That means that we need to have solid and ubiquitous Internet services.

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Reading should not be this great slab of a task slapped down upon your day by your parents. It should not feel like an obligation. Harry Potter chapters read with frequent pauses for me to yell at them to lie still and stop screwing around is not Harry Potter read for pleasure, but reading as an exercise in obedience, and that sounds like the pits to me.

Reading should be approached willingly and happily, because you want to. It should be done when and how you want to, and that’s it. It’s as simple as that. It should not be fought over. Not like it would’ve been for me.

from The Long Summer of Not Reading by Peter Damien (via bookriot)

Interesting essay on the benefits of allowing children to guide their own reading habits.

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unhistorical:

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)

INTERVIEWER

James Baldwin… said that “when you’re writing you’re trying to find out something you didn’t know.” When you write do you search for something that you didn’t know about yourself or about us? 

ANGELOU

Yes. When I’m writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I’m trying for that. But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and the delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.

More about the life and works of Maya Angelou

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School Library Journal has a kickass new Diversity Issue—the second in their history. The stories are just about as relevant as you can get:
Children’s Books. Still an All-White World?
The Publishing Perspective
Everyday Diversity: A Teacher Librarian Offers Practical Tips to Make a Difference
Culturally Diverse Books Selected by SLJ’s Review Editors
The Multiracial Population Is Growing, But Kid Lit Isn’t Keeping Up
SisOps: Girl-friendly technology initiatives challenge a boys-only culture
LGBTQ & You: How to Support Your Students

Our SLJ colleagues did an awesome job!

The conversation continues all over tumblr—g;ad to see School Library Journal taking up the topic as well.

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therumpus:

School Library Journal has a kickass new Diversity Issue—the second in their history. The stories are just about as relevant as you can get:

Our SLJ colleagues did an awesome job!

The conversation continues all over tumblr—g;ad to see School Library Journal taking up the topic as well.

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libraryjournal:

Good news for Octavia Butler fans!

Yay!

catagator
catagator:

So CNN names 10 women who are visionaries. 
And one of those women is a YA author, being recognized for WHAT SHE’S WRITING FOR YA READERS. 
Go read this excellent profile of Meg Medina, along with the profiles of the other 9 visionary women. 
This is a story and a profile we should be boosting like crazy. Perhaps it’s the last quote that explains exactly why: “I want multicultural fiction to no longer be considered niche fiction. It’s just fiction about who’s here.”

Well deserved recognition for Meg Medina. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is one of my recent favorite reads.

catagator:

So CNN names 10 women who are visionaries. 

And one of those women is a YA author, being recognized for WHAT SHE’S WRITING FOR YA READERS. 

Go read this excellent profile of Meg Medina, along with the profiles of the other 9 visionary women. 

This is a story and a profile we should be boosting like crazy. Perhaps it’s the last quote that explains exactly why: “I want multicultural fiction to no longer be considered niche fiction. It’s just fiction about who’s here.”

Well deserved recognition for Meg Medina. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is one of my recent favorite reads.