Almost 40 years after Margaret Wise Brown’s untimely death at age 42, dozens of her unpublished writings were found in 1990. The papers, preserved in a cedar-lined trunk and stored in the attic of a Vermont barn belonging to Brown’s sister, had sat largely untouched since the early 1950s. Their discovery, which revealed a whole new dimension of the iconic author, rocked the children’s literature world.
“Straight Talk on Race” declared the headline of a powerful feature story in School Library Journal (SLJ), written by author Mitali Perkins, with the subhead the piece urging librarians and teachers to critically examine the stereotypes in literature for children. That piece ran on our cover back in 2009, yet the issues around representation persist. This May, SLJ will dedicate an entire issue of the magazine to the topic of diversity in various forms. And we welcome your feedback.
"Woo-hoo! Marc Nobleman just released THREE fantastic new videos of children’s authors reading bad online reviews. I’m just going to put one of them here but please go to his site and check out the others. They’ll seriously cheer you up (particularly if you’re an author).”
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has established a new rule stating that Youth Media Awards committee members may not publish reviews or blog about materials eligible for awards during their committee tenure. The new regulation goes into effect in 2016.
Hosts Elizabeth Bird, blogger at Fuse #8, and Lori Ess, of Scholastic, enjoy the muzak prior to the streaming of the announcement of the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, January 2014. Full story: ow.ly/t0BZU