One of my favorites. #passionflower #sfbotanicalgarden #passiflora #flower #plants #botany (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)
Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon
New York City, NY (July 28, 2014) More than just a hashtag, We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Its mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.
In order to accomplish its mission, We Need Diverse Books reaches out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including but not limited to publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students. “Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” says Lamar Giles, VP of Communications. “We have many exciting projects in the works.”
In addition to a Diversity Festival planned for 2016, We Need Diverse Books plans to initiate a grant program to support diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with collaborations with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a “diversity toolkit” for librarians and booksellers.
Inaugural advisory board members includes Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon. “Each of these members has a history of advocating for diverse books, and is a pioneer in the field of children’s literature. They will not only increase our visibility as an organization, but light the way going forward,” said Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books.
On the heels of its enormously successful panel at the inaugural Book Con, the We Need Diverse Books team has been invited by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to present the first ever diverse author signing and reception, and present panels at the Baltimore Book Festival, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), among others.
#sfbotanicalgarden #flowers #plants #botany
Milkweed Editions, a non-profit publisher of high-quality literature, has reopened its reading period (July to September) and is currently reviewing manuscripts from published and unpublished authors. The publisher welcomes:
1. Fiction: novels, novellas, or short story collections.
2. Literary non-fiction. Stories often emphasize the connections between an individual and his or her natural settings.
OOOH LOOK AT THAT HISTORICAL ACCURACY THO
In which fantasy fiction with characters of color is subjected to the “historical accuracy” test and comes out on top once again…
(fyi this is the author of The Throne of the Crescent Moon, which has been featured for Fiction Week previously)
#sfbotanicalgarden #sanfrancisco #plants #botany #varigatedleaf
"#WeNeedDiverseBooks to help us know the world around us."
"#WeNeedDiverseBooks to show kids who they can become."
"#WeNeedDiverseBooks to show kids it’s ok to be who they are."
Submitted by Mary Ellen Icaza, Virtual Services Manager at Montgomery County Public Libraries, MD
Free Escuelita Zapatista Textbook: Autonomous Government II
For those who couldn’t attend last year’s Escuelita Zapatista, here’s your chance to study from the very same textbooks given to students.
In this second text, Autonomous Government II, studies autonomous education, government, and health; management of projects; support from solidarity brothers and sisters, and more. More textbooks to be uploaded as they become available.
I was at the #sanfranciscobotanicalgarden just taking pics. #flowers #plants #botany #summer #blooming (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)
In his project ‘Spirit Photographs—Wireless Spectre’, Newcastle University student Luis Hernan used long exposure photography to bring WiFi signals to life, resulting in a photo series of colorful light trails.
El jardín de Mandy / Cuento Infantil:
Como todos aquellos que nacen en el Valle de Aradia, Mandy tenía poderes mágicos; ella nació en una mañana soleada de verano, justo cuando en el pueblo se celebraba el Día de la Mandrágora y bueno, como ustedes saben no hay en el mundo entero una planta más mágica que la mandrágora, por esta razón los padres de Mandy la llamaron así pues querían que la magia y la buena suerte le acompañaran por siempre.
Los padres de Mandy eran los encargados de suministrar las plantas, hierbas y flores mágicas a la gente de Aradia. Su familia tenía una tienda de hierbas mágicas justo en el corazón del pueblo; sin embargo en su casa habían creado un mágico jardín que al pasar el tiempo fue cuidado única y exclusivamente por Mandy, quién en la noche de Samhain y gracias al amor de su familia había encontrado a sus mejores amigas entre las hortalizas y los árboles frutales.
Para leer o descargar gratuitamente “El jardín de Mandy” da click aquí: