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WOW Book Fiesta

A program for children and families
Takes You on a

Story Journey to Russia

February 20th
10 am to noon

Worlds of Words (Room 453)
College of Education
1430 E 2nd St

•Write your name in Russian
•Listen to read-alouds
•Play traditional Russian games
•Engage in art activities
•Enjoy snacks

Free Parking at 2nd St. Garage
Mountain Ave & 2nd St.
Just off of the 2nd St. streetcar stop

Other Story Journeys:
India: April 2
China: April 23
Arabic-speaking countries of the Middle East: June 11


Worlds of Words Mini-Conference
Room 453, College of Education, 1430 E. 2nd Street

Thursday, March 10, 2016

ColonRaúl Colón
An award-winning illustrator of over thirty books for children, Colón was chosen to illustrate Dr. Jill Biden’s recently published “Don’t Forget: God Bless Our Troops” as well as Frank McCourt’s bestselling “Angela and the Baby Jesus,” both from Paula Wiseman Books. DrawThe industry has recognized Colón with a Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpré Award, and both a gold and silver medal in The Original Art show. Colón currently resides in New City, NY with his family and continues to be a versatile and acclaimed illustrator whose work has appeared in various important national publications.

ShethKashmira Sheth
Kashmira Sheth writes picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult fiction. Her books have received many awards and honors, such as the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association Honor Award, the International Reading Association’s Notable Book for a Global Society and the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults. Kashmira was born and raised in India and comes from a family of storytellers. SonaShe studied science in college but her enjoyment of reading and sharing stories nudged her into writing. Her latest picture book, “Sona and the Wedding Game,” has received rave reviews, including a starred review in Kirkus: “Everyone will want to attend this wedding.”

4:00-4:15 – Registration
4:15-5:15 – Concurrent Keynotes
5:15-5:45 – Snacks and Texts Sets on Adaptation
5:45-6:45 – Concurrent Keynotes
6:45-7:30 – Text Sets, Autographing, Conversation and Food

Certificates for 3 ½ hours of Professional Development credit will be available.


The Lack of Characters of Color in Children’s Books

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released their annual report of the number of books depicting characters of color in 2013. The statistics show a continued decline that is alarming and has resulted in multiple news reports and articles.  You can access the report at Two articles that are particularly noteworthy in response to this report are Christopher Myers  article on The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, published in the The New York Times and the CNN article on Where is the African American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? which includes a great interview of Matt de la Pena at .

Here are the numbers from 3,200 books received at the CCBC in 2013. Of those,

• 93 books had significant African or African American content
• 67 books were by Black authors and/or illustrators
• 34 books had American Indian themes, topics, or characters
• 18 books were by American Indian authors and/or illustrators
• 61 books had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content
• 88 books were by authors and/or illustrators of Asian/Pacific heritage
• 57 books had significant Latino content
• 48 books were by Latino authors and/or illustrators

If you go to CCBC Choices on their site and access previous years, you will see a steady decline since 2008.

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