Tag Archives: children’s books

#KidLitWomen

23 Mar

28336199_1826643144067275_698563104033662441_o.jpgIt’s Women’s History Month and you’ve got to take a look at #KidLitWomen and all the amazing information, resources, opinions and books by women in the kid lit world! Plus, you’ve got to spend some time on their Facebook page as women in the kid lit world have written a number of essays on what it means to be a woman in the field, on diversity, promoting female illustrators and so much more!

Get ready to spend some time as there is so much to learn and so much to share!

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Follow-Up to Sexual Harassment in the Children’s Book Industry Conversation

16 Feb

Not only do I think it’s important to share that sexual harassment is something that is pervasive throughout the society we currently live in, but I also think it’s important to share a heartfelt apology from a man named for sexually harassing women in the comments of the SLJ article.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, start with the article posted on School Library Journal, followed by the article written by Anne Ursu. And I also posted my response on Monday, if you care to read my opinions.

I think what’s amazing is that one of the authors named as someone who has sexually harassed women in the past owned up to his behavior, no excuses, no explanations, just an apology and a plan to be far more aware moving forward. Take a minute to read Myke Cole’s response to finding his name listed in a place you never want your name to be. I’m not familiar with Myke’s work, but he has earned my respect as one of the few people to my knowledge that has owned up to his poor behavior and  apologized for it.

It’s never easy owning up to your mistakes privately and even more difficult to do so in a public forum, but Myke realized with the help of a really great friend that his behavior could be perceived by many as being sexually harassing – even though he didn’t see it that way in the moment.

And so, I want to thank you Myke for being a stand-up guy for admitting when you’ve made a mistake, apologized for said mistake and having taken steps to never let it happen again.

2017 Nerdies Awards

4 Jan

cropped-nerdy-bannerIf you’re looking for some wonderful suggestions for what to read next, check out the results of the 2017 Nerdies Book Awards, hosted by The Nerdy Book Club. What I love about booklists such as these, is that I rediscover the titles I loved during the past year and get a chance to pick up a few more titles that I know will be amazing reads. Plus, I get to stretch my literary wings and try out some of those genres I don’t normally get to during the year – this year it was nonfiction and poetry/novels in verse.

I’m planning on using the fiction picture book list as jumping off point for my #blogbookaday posts each day, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing some familiar titles!

 

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