Monthly Archives: March 2017

Beautiful Books – A Reading Diversely Project

By: Wendy M. McDonald   In recent years, there’s been a strong push throughout the KidLit community to bring diverse books to readers. Perhaps you’ve heard of the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books. Their goal is to put books with diverse characters into readers’ hands—books that aren’t always about diversity—though sometimes they are—but that embrace it…
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The Disney Effect and What It Means for Our Literature

by Gina Simoncelli   Ursula had just made her big-screen appearance when Lucy buried her face in a pillow. The four year old peered out, eyes wide with fear, and jumped when Ursula’s henchmen swam onto the screen. She was scared stiff, and buried herself firmly beneath a layer of protective covers. I was momentarily…
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Thoughts on Writing

by Joe Novara   All of us have selective perceptive. If a woman walks into a room of four people, one might remark her clothes; another, her shoes; another, eyes; another, total manner and poise. The same is true of the world at large. Each of us notices specific things—music, dogs, cars—and finds ourselves making…
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2016 Relevant Reads Contest Winners

After several months of reading and enjoying the 1,665 stories entered into our 2016 Relevant Reads contest, our team is finally able to announce our five award-winning titles! Congratulations to each of you, and thank you so much to everyone who gave their time, efforts, and imagination to participating in this year's competition. We hope…
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