Category Archives: Books

Diversify your Shelves with We Need Diverse Books

I had a lot of fun with this guest post for YA Books Central. We were asked to recommend three diverse books and discuss what we liked about them. This is a monthly column that I’m sharing with authors Maurene … Continue reading

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks: A World of Change in Just One Year

Just wanted to share this history of We Need Diverse Books that I wrote for the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. It was fun to look back and see how far we’ve come. From a hashtag to a movement to a … Continue reading

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Just Another Day in Paradise

Yesterday we had the kind of weather California is famous for. Gorgeous. So what could be lovelier than a trail ride soaking up all that wonderful sun? Yeah, I know, those of you still shivering in the clutches of winter … Continue reading

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Taxes, Books Read, & Diversity

I’m having a grand old time getting my taxes organized…perhaps not. But in the course of said organization, I made a tally of books read in 2014. The bulk of what I’ve read were ebooks purchased from our Beloved Overlord, … Continue reading

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#LA14SCBWI: Schmooze, Learn, Get Inspired

I’m really looking forward to my upcoming trip to SCBWI-LA, the annual summer conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. My flight down to LA is at a much less ungodly time than my usual trips–it leaves … Continue reading

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Adventures at the ALA #alaac14

This was my first trip to the American Library Association’s annual conference and it was a whirlwind tour for me. I arrived in Las Vegas around lunchtime on Friday, then headed back to the airport around dinnertime on Saturday. In … Continue reading

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If #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Why Not Just Self-Publish?

A while back, I wrote this post. I ranted about how during the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, some white folks jumped on the hashtag to flog their own books (which may or may not have been truly diverse). I got into a … Continue reading

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