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Things I Like
A great pick for young adult fiction:
Below are links to amazing resources about reading and writing. Give them a click and let me know what you think.

10 African American YA Authors to Know: a round-up from Diversity in YA, which includes information about where to follow them online.

Diversity in American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Diversity in YA

Gay? Black? Latino? Here’s 21 Diverse YA Books That Need To Be Movies — Now,  MTV News

Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? By Ashley Strickland, CNN


And here's an event I co-sponsored with some amazing colleagues, promoting and exploring diversity in children's literature.
This book is so much fun!  The heroine is funny, kind and just quirky enough to love.  There's a nice dash of romance too. 

If you'd like to learn more about this novel and Sharon Flake's other books click here.

If you read this or any of Sharon's other books, I would love to know what you think.  Get in touch below.
Stories Untold: Race, Representation and Politics in Children's Books
Panelists:  Charlene Allen, 
Dr. Sharon Cadiz, Matt de la Pena,  Vikki Law,  and Stacy Whitman

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Asian American Writers Workshop
110-112 W 27th Street, Ste 600
New York, New York 10001
The worlds we create in books, whether historical, contemporary or fantasy, inform our notions of ourselves and our possibilities. Yet fewer than 10% of the books published for children and young adults in recent years featured main characters of color. Fewer still were written by authors of color. Join us for a panel discussion about race in children’s and young adult books. How are characters of color written about in children’s fiction today? Which books represent communities of color accurately, and which do not? How does a skewed understanding of history undermine our ability to navigate our futures? And what can we do to ensure that our children read stories that reflect their lives?

PanelistsCharlene Allen writes fiction for middle grade and young adult audiences. Dr. Sharon Cadiz is a nationally recognized child development expert with a passion for children’s literature. Matt de la Peña is the author of seven critically-acclaimed young adult and middle grade novels, and one exciting picture book. Vikki Law is a freelance writer and editor. Stacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books.. Find her on Twitter at @tubooks. 

Moderator: activist and writer Sonia J Cheruvillil.