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African American Children's Book Project's Best Picture Books of 2020 - The Brown Bookshelf. For nearly three decades, Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati has celebrated and promoted the outstanding work of Black children’s book authors and illustrators through her essential organization, The African American Children’s Book Project.

African American Children's Book Project's Best Picture Books of 2020 - The Brown Bookshelf

She has been a champion of connecting kids with Black creators, raising the profile of Black children’s literature and boosting sales through media exposure and corporate, community, bookstore and school partnerships. Her passion, grit and commitment are inspiring. 2021 Archives - Page 2 of 2 - The Brown Bookshelf. Books and Activities to Celebrate Black History Month.

February is Black History Month and we are celebrating the contributions African Americans have made to U.S. history.

Books and Activities to Celebrate Black History Month

Though this month is a great time to look back at notable Black men and women throughout history, it’s always important to commemorate Black history. These titles, book lists, Brightly Storytime videos, and activities for kids are a great place to start. RELATED: Amplify Black Stories. Picture Books Featuring Black Female Protagonists. There are so many wonderful picture books that feature strong, Black females as the main protagonist. Little girls can read about heroines from the past and present who have emerged as role models for all children. They can explore nonfiction books about famous female inventors who have contributed to society. 30 Picture Books Featuring Black Male Protagonists. When searching for books that serve as mirrors for my two children, I’m always mindful of exactly which books we choose to read.

30 Picture Books Featuring Black Male Protagonists

While we don’t discriminate when it comes to literature, I do make it a point to select books that reflect my children and our family. Why? A Children's Story about things that matter. Diverse Books for Tweens and Teens Written by #OwnVoices Authors. Within the last several years, the publishing world has been producing more profound and relevant diverse stories perfect for middle grade and young adult readers.

Diverse Books for Tweens and Teens Written by #OwnVoices Authors

The increase of diverse stories being told by authentic “own voices” authors gives young people more opportunities to read about marginalized characters from someone within that same marginalized group. If you think back to your middle school and high school required reading lists, you’ll likely see a plethora of classic book titles written by white males — titles like Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, and Macbeth come to mind. While those books are important works of literature, there are now many other voices in the literary world that kids need to hear from.

With the new school year on the horizon, now is a great time for educators to update their reading materials in classrooms and libraries, as well as lesson plans, with more representative books. Books we recommend children should match the current world in which we live. American Library Association announces 2020 youth media award winners. PHILADELPHIA- The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

American Library Association announces 2020 youth media award winners

A list of all the 2020 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: “New Kid,” written by Jerry Craft, is the 2020 Newbery Medal winner. The book is illustrated by the author and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: “The Undefeated,” illustrated by Kadir Nelson is the 2020 Caldecott Medal winner. Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Bear Came Along,” illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. “New Kid” written by Jerry Craft, is the King Author Book winner. Book Character Pumpkin Parade. 11 YA Books on Courage and Bravery. What does it mean to be brave?

11 YA Books on Courage and Bravery

It can mean telling the truth about your own life. It can be standing up for what is right, despite what others might think. It can be facing real fear, real threats and dangers, and not backing down. eWhat these stories of bravery really do is inspire others to do the same. Picture Book Read Alouds by the authors. Star Wars Books for Every Kind of Kid. Whether or not you’re fan of the movies, it’s hard not to recognize that Star Wars has played a HUGE role in modern mythology, representing a vast storytelling universe, which, for decades, has expanded itself through picture books, early readers, novels, comic books — almost every literary format available.

Star Wars Books for Every Kind of Kid

(There are WAY more Star Wars books than movies.) So, if you want to find your kid the perfect book to celebrate a Star Wars moment — May the Fourth, Star Wars Reads Day, the latest Star Wars movie — or parlay your kid’s fandom into more reading, there is a staggering variety of titles to choose from. Here are some suggestions for Star Wars books that speak to all different kinds of kids with all different kinds of interests.

For Those Too Young to Actually Watch the Movies... The Star Wars Little Golden Book Libraryby Various AuthorsStar Wars has become such a cultural juggernaut that it often gets on kids’ radar way before they’re actually old enough to see the films. Educational Resources & Activities for Kids Ages 3 - 5. When your preschooler is at home, they need to be kept busy!

Educational Resources & Activities for Kids Ages 3 - 5

From reading guides to our collection of Brightly Storytime videos, there’s something here to keep every little reader occupied — no matter if you’re looking to further their learning or just keep them engaged for a little while. Entertaining your kids all day long can be challenging, so we hope these resources can help! 11 Inspiring Biographies That Introduce Kids to Diverse Heroes. I enjoyed reading biographies from an early age — the idea that a person’s life was important enough for a book intrigued me, and I was thrilled and inspired whenever I found small similarities or points of connections between my own experiences and those of the larger-than-life figures on the pages.

11 Inspiring Biographies That Introduce Kids to Diverse Heroes

Readers of all ages can find much to consider, relate to, and celebrate in these transcendent stories of people who’ve had an impact on our lives and culture. Kid-Approved Books for Struggling Second and Third Grade Readers. Woe is the parent who loves children’s books while raising a reluctant reader — especially when the books start getting really good, around second and third grade.

Kid-Approved Books for Struggling Second and Third Grade Readers

Back to School Books for Kids and Essential Reads for Parents. This year has been unlike any other, and back to school is no exception. Between confusing messaging and undetermined schedules, it’s a time much more chaotic than the already usually-chaotic back to school season. We asked you how you’re feeling about the upcoming school year. Your responses were mixed, but everyone seems to agree on one thing: uncertainty. As one of our readers put it: “It’s the worst of both worlds. I’m afraid to send them to school and contract the virus and afraid by keeping them home they’ll suffer emotionally and academically.” For both parents and educators, your biggest challenge with remote learning during the last few months of this past school year was getting your kids to focus — be it on homework or during virtual learning sessions.

Exploring the world of Latinx YA, MG, & children's literature. 10 Books for Kids and Teens That Love Hamilton. Hamilton is one of my all-time favorite musicals. Besides having an incredible soundtrack, the story is utterly captivating. With politics, romance, blackmail, betrayal, and patriotism, it’s no wonder the musical adaptation of Alexander Hamilton’s life is such a big hit.

The Broadway musical is centered on the American Revolution, but it’s about so much more than that. Red at the Bone's Jacqueline Woodson on Marie Kondo and Caste. Illustration by Mia Feitel Welcome to Shelf Life, ELLE.com’s new books column, in which authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re on the hunt for a book to console you, move you profoundly, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, who, like you (since you’re here), love books.

Perhaps one of their favorite titles will become one of yours, too. Our second author is Jacqueline Woodson, newly minted MacArthur fellowship recipient—i.e., she’s a MacArthur Genius—whose adult novel, Red at the Bone (Riverhead), was recently released as a paperback. Best Audiobooks 2020 - Audiobooks for Marathon Training. For anyone who has trained for a marathon, you know that all those hours spent alone with your thoughts or listening to your favorite pump-up playlist may start to get old.

If you’re running more throughout the week, you might need something other than the sound of your own panting to fill the time. Enter the audiobook. Readbrightly. 12 Incredibly Good Book Series You Might Not Have Read Yet. 7 Tips to Help Parents Make Summer Reading Fun  When you hear the words “summer slide,” what images pop into your mind? A park slide? A water slide? Sunshine and summer fun? Wrong. The “summer slide” has nothing to do with a fun summer pastime.

Luckily, there are many ways to prevent the summer slide. Readbrightly. 80 Young Adult Audiobooks That You Need to Listen to. Not to be dramatic, but whoever said that listening to audiobooks doesn’t count as real reading is due for a reality check. Audiobooks have completely changed the reading game, and every member of Team Epic Reads is so thankful for them. Readbrightly. Friendships look different now than they ever have before. Readers Share Inspirational Books That Will Inspire You to Change. It’s Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan. 2019 Best Books Lists: A Chance to Discover Titles You May Have Missed. Modified image. Original image from Pixabay. One of the things I look forward to every December is the release of all the “best books” lists. Ask an Editor: 4 Books Like Harry Potter. Readers Share Inspirational Books That Will Inspire You to Change. Readbrightly. 42 of the Best Summer Reads, According to Bookworms.