Category Archives: ALA

Policies On Diversity Are Only The Beginning

Some thing require more than just a diversity policy. An organizational policy on diversity is a lot like a school policy against bullying. It may make the people on top, school boards, administrators, teachers and counselors, feel good. It certainly … Continue reading

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Empowering the Voice of the Black Male in Children’s and Teen Lit – NCAAL 2013

I spoke at the 8th National Conference of African American Librarians on August 8, 2013. The topic was Empowering the Voice of the Black Male in Children’s and Teen Lit. [Click here to read the YALSA Hub post about the … Continue reading

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ALA 2013 – Attracting Reluctant Readers

I am now the author of two YA novels, one of which was a YALSA 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list, and was on the School Library Journal list of best books for youth in detention in … Continue reading

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Attracting Reluctant Male Readers @ ALA 2013

I’M PRESENTING!! This Saturday at 1:00 pm, I will be making a presentation to the American Library Association in Chicago on Attracting Reluctant Male Readers. Normally I don’t start gathering butterflies in my stomach until the day before a presentation. … Continue reading

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PULL Wins the National Reader’s Choice Award – part 2

PULL’s 2010 Reader’s Choice award for it’s first place in Young Adult books arrived in the mail today. I understand why it is affectionately known as a tombstone.  Since I could not be in both New York for the RWA conference where … Continue reading

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