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FloraWOW Book Fiesta

Saturday September 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

A Celebration with Author/Caldecott Honor Illustrator Molly Idle

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1420 E. Second Street
**Free Parking at 2nd St. Garage**

Flora and the Penguin animation

Flora and the Penguin:
“Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other’s graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.”

•Celebrate the launch of Molly’s new book Flora and the Penguin
•Participate in a “flip book” workshop with Molly
•Purchase Flora and the Penguin before the Sept. 30 official publication date
•Refreshments provided

Molly Idle began her career as an artist working for DreamWorks Animation, and from there she leapt into the world of children’s books. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.


 

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 http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/choiceintro14.asp. 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 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html?_r=0 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 http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/09/living/young-adult-books-diversity-identity/ .

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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