Category Archives: Multicultural

Courage Spotlight – Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a quiet epidemic, hitting 25% of all women, and 7.6 percent of men at some point in their lives.  October is Domestic Violence month, for the millions of men, women and children who live within violent homes … Continue reading

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Courage Spotlight – Sickle Cell Disease

There are many kinds of courage. Living with Sickle Cell Disease requires more than one of them. Dontae Morrow is twelve, and does not want to be labeled the sick kid. He may have to live with sickle cell disease, … Continue reading

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A New Challenge – Jill Kuangfung

Not too long ago, I found myself in a well-known, independent feminist bookstore wondering where all the characters of color were. This was a while into my time working there as a bookseller, but I often thought back to the … Continue reading

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Using Diverse Books in Library Programs – ILA 2016

The Illinois Library Association, ILA, held it’s annual conference in Rosemont, Il on October 19 and 20.  On Wednesday, Oct 19, I spoke at a session titled Using Diverse Books in Library Programs. Along with my co-presenter, Nancy Goodfellow, a … Continue reading

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Writing cross-culturally

I am currently (July 2016) teaching a class of authors about writing diverse characters, my Spice of Diversity class. I received a student question that I’ve chosen to answer here, because I think it deserves a wide, thoughtful, answer. I was … Continue reading

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Even if no one paid me

I laughingly call writing my sub-minimum wage job. Counting the time involved in coming up with an idea, writing the first draft, revising, editing and creating a dozen or more successive drafts, gnawing at my fingernails, sleep-walking and dreaming the … Continue reading

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#ILLibrary15 Illinois Library Association conference panel on Diversity

In October 2015, I was moderated a panel of authors and illustrators of diverse books at the Illinois Library Association meeting in Peoria, Il. B A Binns, Miranda Paul, Chris Raschka, Laura Park This well attended panel presentation took place … Continue reading

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Books filled with life’s quirks, kinks, and diversity – #weneeddiversebooks

Diverse books for young readers were plentiful at the Chicago Black Authors tent this weekend at the 2014 Printer’s Row Literature Festival in Chicago, Il. We faced a steady stream of interested kids, parents and teachers both Saturday and Sunday.  … Continue reading

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Super Fan

I have this Superfan named Michael. It’s always nice to know someone out there reads–and loves–my books. He took upon himself the task to make my books easily available to others. He had to special order my new book, Minority … Continue reading

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End of Year School visit

On Friday I traveled the 144 miles to Bloomington Illinois to meet with freshmen at Bloomington High School. I was invited by Keran Johnson, the school’s retiring Library Media Specialist (she’s in full countdown mode).  We met last fall when … Continue reading

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