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WOW Book Fiesta

A Morning with Illustrator Lynne Avril

Saturday, February 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

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•Hear the story behind Lynne’s new books
•Have fun in a painting workshop
•Explore books and listen to read-alouds
•Refreshments provided
•Have your book(s) autographed

The UA Bookstores will have Lynne’s books for sale

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1430 E. Second Street

Free Parking at 2nd St. Garage
**The new streetcar stops in front of the College**

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Book Reading
Gail Lauren Karp & Mellabella Storytella
For children and families

Paloma the Possible tells of one girl’s adventures as she flies, apart from her adoptive family, through her imagination to discover her possible birth families (are they pirates?, princesses?, superheroes?).
On her journey, she also travels from an insistence that she is just like her adoptive parents, to an understanding that she is the unique sum of her many parts. Paloma is named for the Spanish dove. Although the wings that she wears are figurative, her journey is a literal one for many adoptees.
Paloma was created over the course of several years by an adoptive parent and child.

Paloma

•Meet the authors of Paloma the Possible
•Listen to a reading of Paloma the Possible
•Create a Community Collage
•Purchase a book

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1430 E. Second Street

Free Parking at 2nd St. Garage
**The new streetcar stops in front of the College**

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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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