review: The Last Day of Summer — CrazyQuiltEdi

title: The Last Day of Summer author: Lamar Giles illustrator: Dapo Adeola date: Versify; April 2019 main characters: Otto Alston and Sheed Alston SFF Review based on an advanced copy Otto and Sheed are young Black boys, cousins actually who live with their grandmother in Logan County, Virginia. The two couldn’t be more different. Otto […]

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Black History : Literacy — CrazyQuiltEdi

2019 MG & YA Releases (Note: This list is continually updated) After working on this for a couple of weeks I’ve exhausted most of my resources in compiling this list of MG and YA books by Black authors that will release in 2019. Now it’s time for YOU to help complete this list. Hit the […]

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From the Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign:Day 1: Mariama J. Lockington

Today begins the Brown Bookshelf’s most-anticipated, and our favorite series of posts of the year, 28 Days Later. Celebrating Black Kidlit creators across the diaspora has been a passion for us, but is also necessary. Books by Black creators continue to be out-paced by books about Black children from people outside of the community. So [ Read the full article… ]

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Sunday Morning Reads — CrazyQuiltEdi

Edi Campbell presents the sad statistical information on books about and/or written by African Americans that were published in recent years.

This is a really brief post to look at some of the numbers for 2018. If you haven’t seen it yet, do look at the list of 2018 MG & YA books published in the US that recently posted on Zetta Elliott’s blog. We work together at the end of each year building from […]

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Black Boy Poems: Legacy And Activism In Black Literature — Sapelo Square

By Rashida James-Saadiya Our genetic inheritance is precious. It is not a badge of inferiority for us to be ashamed of, on the contrary, we carry the struggles of our ancestors with pride – Tyson Amir In a 1968 essay, “The Black Arts Movement,” writer Larry Neal proclaimed that Black Arts is the “aesthetic and […]

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The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 10: L.L. McKinney

There have been days where I’ve literally felt like grabbing my favorite snack and watch L.L. McKinney go after folks on Twitter who seem to have made it a part-time job to come for her and her views. I was excited to talk about how much the Twitterverse has changed since she joined the platform […]

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The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 9: Vashti Harrison

Chances are you’re already familiar with Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, given it had already earned best-seller status before its official release date. But how familiar are you with its creator, Vashti Harrison? In today’s 28 Days Later spotlight, Harrison shares her path from art student to New York Times instant bestselling author-illustrator—a path paved […]

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The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 8: Doreen Spicer-Dannelly

Doreen Spicer-Dannelly may be a new name in children’s literature, but for a long time she has created wonderful programs for kids. The Proud Family. Her. Jump In! Her again. The Wannabes. You got it. It’s exciting that she’s now a middle-grade author. Her debut, Love Double Dutch, is a fast-paced story of sisterhood, collaboration […]

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