Category Archives: #weneeddiversebooks

The Gift of #Ownvoices

I gave myself an extra special holiday gift this year. Was it expensive? Absolutely. Was it worth it?    Again, a resounding yes. Will I do it again? Read further and see the answer. What was this present – well, a … 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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Diverse authors/illustrators at the Illinois SCBWI conference

Fellow African American children’s author, Urania Smith, teamed with me, B A Binns, to sponsor three diverse authors to attend the 2016 Illinois SCBWI conference, Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day (PWID) coming up on Saturday, November 5 at Harper College … 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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A second Illinois SCBWI member has stepped up to join in the effort to help diverse authors and illustrators attend the annual conference on Nov 5. Children’s book author Urania Smith has also stepped up to sponsor an attendee.  We … 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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Adding the Spice of Diversity class

Some of you know that I give workshops and teach classes for authors and readers.  One of those classes is Adding The Spice of Diversity.  Originally given as a Workshop at the 2014 Chicago North RWA Spring Fling conference, the … Continue reading

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Happy Holiday

My holiday gift to you is a short story (OK, flash fiction) I wrote featuring characters from my second book, Being God. Malik Kaplan’s mother is Catholic and his father Jewish, so when the relatives get together to celebrate the … 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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