A Month of WOMEN!
From Sylvia Liu Land: #5towatch in 2018: Exciting PB Authors & Illustrators (all women!)
From Muddy Colors: The Struggle of Improving Our Skills (FANTASTIC! MUST READ FOR ARTISTS!)
From Mashable: This incredible teen is raising money to send 1,000 girls to see 'A Wrinkle in Time'
From Vanessa Brantley Newton: F.E.A.R. (False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.) I think she may be onto something.
From The Bookseller: New children's literature festival comes to Skipton and Broughton Hall
From SLJ: Never Too Old: Embracing Picture Books To Teach Older Students
From Shelf Awareness: KidLit Marches for Kids!
From The Federation of Children's Book Groups: Children's Book Award 2018 Top Ten Short List Announced!
From Public Books: Teaching Kids to Resist: "Democracy is funny like that; either everyone lives in one or no one does."
From Jack Noel: "Sometimes I wonder … what if a classic was set-out like a middle-grade funny? So, just for fun, I tried it out. Here’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS … for kids." FABULOUS!!!
From Bartology: Authors are not Rock Stars
From SLJ: Celebrate Black History Month Every Month with Picture Books
The Horn Book Celebrates Black History Month (helpful resource for teachers!)
From Muddy Colors: The Myth of the Muse: "I always caution against citing the Muse as responsible for one’s work less out of a fear of insulting the gossamer spirits of the 5th dimension, and more out of the inherent disempowering that kind of thinking brings. To assign such supremacy to the Muse as an outside visitor divorces the artist from his or her inspiration, and internal ability to change thoughts and invent new ways out. Don’t deny yourself the agency of you being responsible for your work."
From the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative: We are delighted to announce that GLLI will be creating native language book lists for children, teens and adults for those libraries seeking to expand their world languages' collections for their diverse user groups. Thanks to Nicky Harman's support and engagement, we are starting with Chinese titles, and the children's titles are already posted to our library catalogue. Please share this link widely in all relevant library networks.
From SCBWI: 2018 Illustrators' Gallery - winner and shortlist! (Dand, I thought I'd entered, but it must have slipped past me.)