children's literature

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit goes up to the counter and orders 4 slices of carrot cake, which he promptly devours before he has time to pay. The barista chases him out of town. 

Meanwhile, his sisters have opened an Etsy store where they sell hand-embroidered pillows and homemade blackberry preserves. They deny Peter the opportunity to get in on the ground floor as an investor, as he has been a jerk and a disappointment to them throughout his life.

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Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters

Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me. 

Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”

Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:

#WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

Posting this a little late, but followers please take the time out to check out this post explaining the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and more events to come over the next few days! 

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Mother Creates Food Inspired By Cartoon Characters For Her Children’s Lunch Boxes

Li Ming Lee is a stay at home mom with hidden superpowers to create incredibly tasty and wonderful looking bento lunch boxes for her two children. In 2008, when her children started primary school, she decided to pack them cartoon inspired lunch boxes so they would miss her less when adjusting to the longer primary school hours. Her blog has become a bento hit, where she features many of her charabens (decorative bentos) that are as tasty as they look good. Her book Yummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kids gives a tutorial on how to create these adorable meals. 

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The news just broke… Walter Dean Myers has passed. In his lifetime, he wrote over 100 books, served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, won too many awards and honors to list, advised and inspired kids and young writers everywhere, and impacted thousands of lives. He was a lifelong proponent of diversity in children’s literature, and just a few months ago wrote an article that once again sparked the discussion.

Rest well, sir. You will be remembered always.

Beyond this, words fail me.

British Fairy and Folk Tales,
Edited by W. J. Glover,
Author of “Tales from the Earthly Paradise ” and “Tales from the Poets”.
Illustrated by Charles James Folkard.
A. & C. Black LDT.
4, 5, and 6, Soho Square, London.
.1919.

“Good luck and victory were following thee, lad,” said the princess.

Jacqueline Kennedy was born on this day in 1929, in Southhampton, New York.  She was named Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.  Her father, John, was a stockbroker on Wall Street whose family had come from France in the early 1800s. Her mother, Janet, had ancestors from Ireland and England. 

As a child, Jackie loved to read. Before she started school, she had read all the children’s books on her bookshelves. Her heroes were Mowgli from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Little Lord Fauntleroy’s grandfather, Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind, and the poet Byron.

Learn more about growing up as Jacqueline Kennedy from the JFK Library

Photo: Jacqueline Bouvier, 1935. Photograph by David Berne in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.