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Fearless Flyer

September 17, 2019 Leave a comment

Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine
by Heather Lang, illustrated by Raul Colon
Calkins Creek 2016
On November 19, 1916, at 8:25 a.m., Ruth Law took off on a flight that aviation experts thought was doomed. She set off to fly nonstop from Chicago to New York City. Sitting at the controls of her small bi-plane, exposed to the elements, Law battled fierce winds and numbing cold. When her engine ran out of fuel, she glided for two miles and landed at Hornell, New York. Even though she fell short of her goal, she had broken the existing cross-country distance record. And with her plane refueled, she got back in the air and headed for New York City where crowds waited to greet her.

Book Trailers 1 

Discussion Questions/Guides
Discussion & Activity Guide from Heather Lang.

Author Information
Heather Lang’s Website. Facebook. Twitter.
Author Interview. Another. Another. Another.

Related Activities & Curriculum Connections
Teaching STEM Literacy: A Constructivist Approach for Ages 3 to 8 [Book] by Juliana Texley & Ruth M. Ruud (Redleaf Press, 2017).

Reading Levels
: x Accelerated Reader: Level . Reading Counts: Level .

Booklist*. BookPage. BulletinR. Kirkus Reviews. Publisher’s Weekly. SLJ*.
Blogs: Book Dragon*. LibrisNotes. Nonfiction Detectives. Wonders in the Dark.

Things and Events Mentioned in the Book
New York Times November 19, 1916. Glenn Curtiss. Victor Carlstrom.

Honoring a ‘Fearless Flyer’
by Ryan Papaserge, The Evening Tribune, June 13, 2016
Ruth Law Oliver: An American Aviatrix by Kayleigh DeMace at Aviation Oil Outlet, November 30, 2016
This Ace Aviatrix Learned to Fly Even Though Orville Wright Refused to Teach Her by Eliza McGraw at Smithsonian, March 22, 2017
She Awed the Country Before Amelia Earhart Even Took to the Skies by Eliza McGraw in the Washington Post, Januay 6, 2019

Other Books to About or Including Ruth Law
This appears to be the only other children’s book about Ruth Law:
Ruth Law Thrills a Nation by Don Brown (Ticknor & Fields, 1993)

Other children’s books:
Females in Flight: Stories of Amazing Women Aviators selected by Michelle Biwer, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, May 2016

Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation by Eileen Lebow (Brassey’s, 2002)

Awards & Recognition for the Book
Amelia Bloomer Project List 2017 (ALA). Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 (NCSS). Best STEM Book 2017 (NSTA).
CCBC Choices 2017 list
Bank Street’s 2017 Best Children’s Books of the Year.
Crystal Kite Award 2017 (SCBWI).
Paterson Prize 2017, Honorable Mention.


Videos About Ruth Law

Places to Visit 
The Museum of Woman Pilots in Oklahoma

Bibliography From the Book:
Ruth Law Ends Her Flight Here by Blanche Brace in the New York Tribune, November 21, 1916
Opal from Husband’s Ring, Gift on Her Wedding Day, Woman Flyer’s Luck Stone by Nizola Greeley-Smith in The Evening World [New York], November 21, 1916
Flying With Ruth Law: My Most Thrilling Flight by Ruth Law in The Evening Tribune
Miss Law Tells of Her Record Flight; To Try Non-Stop New York Trip Next by Ruth Law in The New York Times, November 20, 1916
Nerviest Girl Aviator and Her Thrilling Feats in Mid-air no info, from Ruth Law’s Scrapbook
Ruth Law Arrives Here in Daring Voyage Made Mostly at 103-Mile Clip in The Evening World, November 20, 1916
Ruth Law Lands Here From Chicago in Record Flight in The New York Times, November 21, 1916
Ruth Law’s Record Breaking Flight in Flying [New York], December 1916
The Reminiscences of Ruth Law (April 1960) in the Columbia Center for Oral History Collection
Women as Aviators in Colorado Springs Gazette, December 21, 1917

Available in These CT Libraries:
Berlin ; Brookfield ; Columbia ; Coventry ; Danbury ; Darien ; East Hampton ; ECSU ; Fairfield ; Glastonbury ; Greenwich ; Guilford ; Hamden ; Lebanon – Elementary School ; Lyme ; Manchester ; New Canaan ; New Hartford ; Newtown ; North Haven ; Norwalk ; Plainville ; SCSU ; Shelton ; Stamford ; Wallingford ; West Hartford – Duffy Elementary ; Westport ; Wilton ; Woodbridge ; Woodbury



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Grace Hopper

September 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Queen of Computer Code
by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu
Sterling 2017
This is a children’s book biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers.

Book Trailers 1

Discussion Questions/Guides
Guide from Laurie Wallmark. A Discussion Guide from Sterling.

Author Information
Laurie Wallmark’s Website. Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. Katy Wu’s Webpage (Tumblr).
Interview with Laurie Wallmark. Another interview. Another interview.

Related Activities & Curriculum Connections
Dress like Grace Hopper for Halloween! Twizzler code necklace featuring Grace Hopper.

Reading Levels
: 730. Accelerated Reader: Level . Reading Counts: Level .

Booklist. KidsReads. Kirkus Reviews*. Publisher’s Weekly. SLJ.
Blogs: . Celebrate Picture Books. The Children’s Book Review. Through the Looking Glass.

Things and Events Mentioned in the Book
Grace Hopper graduated from Vassar College. Grace Hopper served in the Navy. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018. Grace Hopper died in 1992. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Extraordinary Life of the ‘Queen of Code’
: A Grace Hopper Biography by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering, September 9, 2018.
Grace Hopper: The Navy and Computers at Smithsonian
Grace Hopper: 8 Interesting Facts About the Computer Science Pioneer at Grace Hopper Fullstack Academy
Grace Hopper by Tim Slavin, People Magazine, May 2014, viewed at Beanz: The Magazine for Kids, Code, and Computer Science
Science History: The First De-Bugger by Jeff Glorfeld at Cosmos: The Science of Everything, December 10, 2018.
Why Every Programmer Should Know Grace Hopper by Saajid Khan at Noteworthy: The JJournal Blog,, October 21, 2018.
Grace Hopper’s Bug at Atlas Obscura
Grace Hopper: Trailblazer at Engineer Girl, National Academy of Sciences
There Would be no Steve Jobs without Grace Hopper by World Science Festival Staff
Grace Hopper’s Compiler: Computing’s Hidden Hero by Tim Harford at BBC, February 20, 2017
How Grace Hopper’s Clock Can Make Your New Year Better by Jason Thomas at The Big Think, December 25, 2015
Math – Not Computer Science – Was Grace Hopper’s First Language by Kendall Teare at YaleNews, March 26, 2019
Laurie Wallmark is Defying STEM Stereotypes by Rosela Sartaguda in New Jersey Monthly, February 2018

Other Books to About or Including Grace Hopper
Children’s, in order of publication, oldest to newest:
Grace Hopper: Navy Admiral and Computer Pioneer by Charlene W. Billings (Enslow, 1989)*
Grace Hopper: Programming Pioneer by Nancy Whitelaw (Scientific American, 1995)*
Grace Murray Hopper: Working to Create the Future by Carl J. Schneider & Dorothy Schneider (Sofwest Press, 1998)*
Grace Hopper: Computer Pioneer by Joanne Mattern (PowerKids, 2003)
Grace Hopper: Computer Whiz by Patricia J. Murphy (Enslow, 2004)
Grace Murray Hopper by Erin Staley (Rosen, 2015)
Technology: Cool Women Who Code by Andi Diehn (Nomad Press, 2015)
Mathematician and Computer Scientist Grace Hopper by Andrea Pelleschi (Lerner, 2017)
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin 2018)
Grace Hopper: Computer Scientist by Jill C. Wheeler (Abdo, 2018)
Grace Hopper: Computer Scientist and Navy Admiral by Heather Moore Niver (Enslow, 2019)
Grace Hopper: Computer Pioneer by Xina M. Uhl & Chrissty Marx (Rosen, 2020)

Adult books listed in the Bibliography of this book:
Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt W. Beyer (MIT Press, 2009)*
Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea by Kathleen Broom Williams (US Naval Institute Press, 2004)*
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison (Little, brown, 2018)

*Asterisked books are listed in the bibliography of this booik.

Awards & Recognition for the Book
Junior Library Guild Selection 2017. Parents’ Choice Gold Medal 2017. Greenwich Reads Together Children’s Book 2018. New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017. Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Young Readers 2017. Evanston Public Library 101 Great Books for Kids 2017.

Grace Hopper, ‘The Queen Of Code,’ Would Have Hated That Title on NPR All Things Considered, March 7, 2015
The Life Of Coding Pioneer Grace Hopper by Marc Sollinger at WGBH News, December 7, 2017

Videos About Grace Hopper
The Fascinating Story of Grace Hopper at Fascinating Stories
Documentary in Process: Born with Curiosity: The Grace Hopper Story
Google Is Working on a Movie About Grace Hopper at The Mary Sue.

Places to Visit 
Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Additional Reading About Other Women in STEM, listed at the back of this book:
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh, illustsrated by Raul Colon (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cyntia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane, 2013)
Me… Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown, 2011)
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola (Frances Foster, 2012)
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick, 2009)
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (HMH, 2002)
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by April Chu (Cresston, 2015)

Available in These CT Libraries:
Bethany, Canton, Cheshire, Clinton, Columbia, Coventry, Darien, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Groton, Hamden, Lyme, Madison, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, Newtown, Norwalk, Plainville, Pomfret, Rowayton, Sharon, Shelton, Stamford, Stonington, Wallingford, Waterford, Watertown, Westport, Wilton




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LGBTQIA+ Issues and History for Children and Teens

October 16, 2018 Leave a comment

A booklist on the history of LBTQIA+ rights & issues.

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017)
Tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, a crime that focuses on the concepts of race, class, gender, crime, and punishment.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (Candlewick, 2014)
Shares insights into the teen transgender experience, tracing six individual’s emotional and physical journey as it was shaped by family dynamics, living situations, and the transition each teen made during the personal journey.

Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington (Second Story Press, 2013)
Examines the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazis, citing raids, arrests, prison sentences, expulsions, and concentration camp incarceration. [YA]

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen (Chicago Review Press, 2015)
Offers a look at the history of LGBT rights through personal stories and firsthand accounts, and chronicles the events, organizations, and influential leaders of the movement.

Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linus Alsenas (Amulet, 2008)
Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book on the topic published specifically for teens. Profusely illustrated with period photographs, first-person accounts offer insight as each chapter identifies an important era. From the Gay ’20s to the Kinsey study, from the McCarthy witch hunts to the Beat generation, from Stonewall to disco, and from AIDS to gay marriage and families, this overview gives a balanced look at how queer men and women have lived, worked, played–and fought to overcome prejudice and discrimination–for the past 125 years.

The Harvey Milk Story by Kari Krakow (Two Lives Publishing, 2001)
Recounts the story of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first gay person elected to any office in the United States, and discusses how his actions changed the views of many Americans.

A House for Everyone: A Story to Help Children Learn About Gender Identity and Gender Expression by Jo Hirst, illustrated by Naomi Bardoff (Jessica Kingsley, 2018)
This children’s picture book helps adults to explain gender identity and expression to 4 to 8 year olds using simple language and engaging, diverse characters, covering the entire spectrum of gender. Includes a guide for parents and professionals and a lesson plan at the end of the book.

The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Purvis (Abrams ComicArts, 2016)
A biography of the mathematician, reveals the story of an eccentric genius, olympic-class runner, and groundbreaking theoretician whose work is still influencing the science and telecommunication systems of the modern world.

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson (Orca, 2016)
This work of nonfiction for middle readers examines what — and why — gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrate on Pride Day every June.

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno (Random House, 2018)

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager (HarperCollins, 2017)
A LGBTQ chronicle for teens shares hip, engaging facts about 23 influential gender-ambiguous notables from the era of the Roman Empire to the present, exploring how they defied convention to promote civil rights, pursue relationships on their own terms and shape culture.

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown (Magination Press, 2018)
The powerful story of Gilbert Baker and the creation of the rainbow flag. This book takes readers from Gilbert’s childhood in a small town in Kansas, to his historic artistic career in San Francisco. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with more about Gilbert and the flag’s history.

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum (Viking, 2015)
A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten (Magination Press, 2014)
A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story. [Elementary]

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a community by Gayle Pitman (Magination, 2017)
Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, one of San Francisco’s most well-known and politically active lesbian couples describe the landmarks that can be seen out their window and how they worked to change their neighborhood for the better.

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European Countries – Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction

August 28, 2018 Leave a comment

Picture books which take place in specific European nations:
Akrotiri ; Albania ; Andorra ; Austria ; Belarus ; Belgium ; Bosnia-Herzegovina ; Bulgaria ; Croatia ; Cyprus ; Czech Republic ; Denmark ; Dhekelia ; England ; Estonia ; Faroe Islands ; Finland ; France ; Germany ; Gibraltar ; Greece ; Guernsey ; Holy See (Vatican City) ; Hungary ; Iceland ; Ireland ; Isle of Man ; Italy ; Jan Mayen ; Jersey ; Kosovo ; Latvia ; Liechtenstein ; Lithuania ; Luxembourg ; Macedonia ; Malta ; Moldova ; Monaco ; Montenegro ; Netherlands ; Norway ; Poland ; Portugal ; Romania ; San Marino ; Scotland ; Serbia ; Slovakia ; Slovenia ; Spain ; Svalbard ; Sweden ; SwitzerlandUkraine ; United Kingdom ; Wales 








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The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland (Viking, 2018)
In 1798, fifteen-year-old Hortense de Beauharnais, Napoleon Bonaparte’s stepdaughter, attends an exclusive boarding school, dreaming of her brother’s fellow officer Christophe, unaware of the role she is fated to play.

The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette* by Carolyn Meyer (Harcourt, 2010)
In eighteenth-century France, Marie Antoinette rails against the rules of etiquette that govern her life even as she tries to fulfill her greatest obligation, giving birth to the next king, but she finds diversion in spending money on clothing, parties, and gambling despite her family’s warnings and the whispers of courtiers.

Black Radishes by Susan Meyer (Delacorte, 2010)
Gustave, having been forced to move from Paris to the countryside after his parents decided it was not safe for Jews to live in the city during World War II, meets a Catholic girl named Nicole, whose family is part of the French Resistance,and together they devise a plan to rescue his friend and family members from the Nazi occupied territory.



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NOTE: A red asterisk means that the book is available at the Middletown Library Service Center.

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School Shootings – A Bibliography for Teens

August 16, 2018 Leave a comment


Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash (Putnam’s, 2015)
Alys, a Plaineville, Wisconsin, junior who dreams of studying violin at Julliard, must deal with the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting in which her older brother, Luke, was the shooter.

Until I Break by Kara Bietz (Albert Whitman, 2016)
When gunshots echo through the halls of Broadmeadow High School, whose finger is on the trigger? A year before the shooting, Sam North has a bright future as well as a problem that nobody else seems to see– Ace Quinn, his neighbor and teammate. For years, Ace has been bullying and harassing Sam, yet he’s managed to deftly conceal his actions and threats from the rest of the world. How far will Sam go to stop Ace? And what if Ace takes his threats even farther?

Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Little, Brown, 2009)
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti (Simon Pulse, 2018)
Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.

The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs (Candlewick, 2016)
Seven interwoven narratives spanning three tense hours on a fateful day share the perspectives of a girl with a rare memory condition, a teacher who fears a student may be planning an act of violence, and a girl about to embark on a cross-country plot.

Mockingbird (Mok’ing-bûrd) by Kathryn Erskine (Philomel, 2010)
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

Monday Redux by Robert J. Favole (Flywheel, 2003)
After his childhood friend, Lance, goes on a shooting rampage at school, fifteen-year-old Rego is given the chance to travel back in time to relive the day and possibly change the outcome.

Catholic (Reluctantly) by Christian M. Frank (Sophia Institute Press, 2007)
The seven students of a newly-established, “real” Catholic high school try to learn and do what is right as they face the possibility that their building will be condemned, personality conflicts, and problems with the nearby public high school, where two of them are on the wrestling team.

The Silent by Rebecca Kenney (JourneyForth, 2010)
Seventeen-year-old Nikki has her hands full with being a high school senior, choosing the right Christian college, and her parents’ failing marriage, but when someone sends threatening emails to several of her teachers, a police officer asks her to watch and listen for clues to the sender’s identity.

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger (Scholastic, 2018)
In the three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre, a story has grown up around one of the victims, Sarah McHale, that says she died proclaiming her Christian faith–but Leanne Bauer was there, and knows what happened, and she has a choice: stay silent and let people believe in Sarah’s martyrdom, or tell the truth.

Bang by Lisa McMann (Simon Pulse, 2013)
A teen who used to see a vision of a crash must help her boyfriend as he is now seeing a vision of a school shooting.

The Last Domino by Adam Meyer (Putnam’s, 2005)
Vulnerable following his brother’s suicide, a high school boy comes under the thrall of a darkly violent classmate and events at home and at school go chillingly out of control.

Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover (HMH, 2019)
After high school graduation, best friends Matt and Cole strive to put behind them the school shooting they survived in first grade and really begin to live. Told in two voices.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire, 2016)
Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.

After by Francine Prose (HarperCollins, 2003)
In the aftermath of a nearby school shooting, a grief and crisis counselor takes over Central High School and enacts increasingly harsh measures to control students, while those who do not comply disappear.

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016)
Ever since the mass shooting at her California high school, junior Morgan Grant has become increasingly agoraphobic until even the idea of stepping outside her door can bring on a panic attack, a situation not made any easier by the fact that her parents are divorced–but when Evan moves in next door she finds herself attracted to him and begins to find herself longing for the life she has been missing.

Point Blank by Mark A. Rempel (Thomas Nelson, 2002)
A senior class assignment prompts students to consider past events that have shaped their philosophies of life, leading two troubled boys to plan what will be the worst school shooting in American history.

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser (S&S, 2000)
Events leading up to a night of terror at a high school dance are told from the point of view of various people involved.

Violent Ends by various authors (Simon Pulse, 2015)
Relates how one boy–who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before–became a monster capable of entering his high school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates, as told from the viewpoints of several victims. Each perspective is written by a different writer of young adult fiction.

Quad by C. G. Watson (Razorbill, 2007)
Interweaves the stories of Muir High School’s various groups of students–from the “jocks” to the “drama queens”–as they clash over everything from cheating on tests to cheating in relationships, with the ultimate clash that comes when one student reaches the breaking point.


School Shootings and School Violence by Barbara C. Cruz (Enslow, 2002)
Discusses the problem of violence in schools, citing cases of shootings at Columbine High School and others, and suggests possible reasons for these incidents as well as some of the ways schools have reacted to them.

Columbine High School Shooting: Student Violence by Judy L. Hasday (Enslow, 2002)
Provides an account of the violent student shootings that took place at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

The Newtown School Shooting by Lisa Owings (ABDO, 2014)
This title examines an important historic event–the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the man behind the shooting, Adam Lanza, the tragic events of December 14, 2012, the shooting’s aftermath and the community’s response, and the victims’ families advocacy work in subsequent months. Also discussed are gun laws in the United States, new legislation introduced in Congress regarding gun control, and mental health policy and law.

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Draft Diversity

March 8, 2018 Leave a comment


Book Awards & Annual Lists

  • Amelia Bloomer Book List – Selected by a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Roundtable. A lite of well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18).”
  • Arab American Book Awards (Children’s/Young Adult category, winner and honorable mentions): Run by the Arab American National Museum’s Library & Resources Center. Created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. Books published in the calendar year, announced in the summer following the award year. 2017 award winners.
  • American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award – AILA is an affiliate of ALA. The award is presented every two years to recognize the most outstanding contributions to children’s literature by and about American Indians. Winner and honor books in three categories: Picture Book, Middle School, and Young Adult.
  • Américas Award – Selected by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Honors quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Up to two awards (for primary and secondary reading levels) are given in recognition of U.S. published works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature – Selected by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. Three categories of youth literature are awarded, one winner and one honor book in each: Young Adult, Children’s Literature, and Picture Book.
  • Carter G. Woodson Book Awards – Presented presented to exemplary books written for children and young people” by the National Council for the Social Studies. Eacy year winners and honor books are selected in three categories: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary.
  • Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award – Presented by CALA, and affiliate of ALA, “to promote awareness of the best books of Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or Chinese language, that are originally published in North America.”
  • Children’s Africana Book Awards – Selected by Africa Access, an organization to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their K-12 collections on Africa, in collaboration with in collaboration with the Outreach council of the African Studies Association.
  • Coretta Scott King Award – Given by ALA “to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.” Winner and honor books are presented in two categories: Author, and Illustrator.
  • Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award – Sponsored by The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilites in collaboration with Special Needs Project. Given in even years “to recognize effective, enlightened portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in children’s books.”
  • James Cook Book Award – Given by the Ohio Library Council for a teen book that promotes cultural, ethnic, or social diversity. Winner and honor books chosen in odd years.
  • Jane Addams Book Award – Chosen by The Jane Addams Peace Association. to recognize ” recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.” Winners and honor books are selected in two categories: Books for Younger Children and Books for Older Children.
  • John Steptoe New Talent Award – “Occasionally given [ALA] for young authors or illustrators who demonstrate outstanding promise at the beginning of their careers.”
  • Lambda Literary Awards – Lambda Literary, an organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature, selects books in many adult categories, but includes one youth literature category, LGBT Children’s/Young Adult.
  • Middle East Book Award – Given by Middle East Outreach Council, a national network of educators dedicated to disseminating apolitical and nonpartisan information, resources and activities furthering understanding about the Middle East, recognizing quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures. Winners and honorable mention titles selected in three categories: Picture Book, Youth Literature, and Youth Nonfiction.
  • Notable Books for a Global Society – Selected by a committee of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world are chosen. To be eligible for NBGS annual list, a book must have been published in the United States the previous year.
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books – Selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). Books, primarily for children in grades K-8, that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences…”
  • Outstanding International Books List – International books (published or distributed in the US, but originating in a country otehr than the US) selected by the United States Board on Books for Young People, and published each year in the February issue of School Library Journal and as a bookmark.
  • Pura Belpre Award – Co-sponsored by ALA divisions, REFORMA and ALSC. Winner and honor books are presented in two categories: Author, and Illustrator.
  • The Rainbow Project Book List – Selected by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of ALA. A list of recommended books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered and questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18.
  • Schneider Family Book Award – Selected by an ALA Commitee to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Winners selected in three categories: Teen Book, Middle School Book, Young Children’s Book. Bibliography.
  • Skipping Stones Honors List – Skipping Stones magazine selects an annual list of books which “promote and understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understandig of the world’s diversity.
  • South Asia Book Award – The yearly book award presented by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium. Winners and honor books in two categories: K-3 and 4-7.
  • Stonewall Book Award – Sponsored by ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Awards presented for children and teens: Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, plus Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award – Presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Gold and silver medals, and notable books are named in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers.
  • Tomás Rivera Book Award – Developed by the Texas State University College of Education to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. Winners in two categories: Works for Younger Readers and Works for Older Readers.
  • Walter Awards – Selected by a judging committee from We Need Diverse Books. Awards and honor books are named in two categories: Teen and Young Readers.


Best of 2017:
Want Diversity, Hope and Healing? Open a Book by Cindy Long. NEA Today, December 8, 2017.


On sensitivity readers:

Blogs about diversity and children’s books:

Resource Sites



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Want to keep up? These podcasts talk about diversity issues:

Code Switch – NPR: “Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? Code Switch can help. We’re all journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work we do. It’s the lives we lead. Sometimes, we’ll make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But we’ll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic.”
Latino USA – NPR: Latino news and cultural weekly radio program.
Nancy – NPR: “BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today.”
Otherhood – PRI:
About Race – Panoply: “Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.”
Mashable list of Diversity Podcasts.
PlayerFM list of Diversity Podcasts.


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Resources to Help Children Deal with Tragedy

January 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Library Toolkit

  • Youth Services Programming During a Time of Crisis. Capstone Project of Jamie Gilmore, Grace Morris, Erica Trotter, and Alexandria Wardrip. Library of Michigan, Michigan Department of Education. Information School University of Washington, sponsors.


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