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Saturday October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

A Celebration with Author/Illustrator Yasmine Surovec

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1420 E. Second Street

**Free (no game) Parking at 2nd St. Garage**
The new streetcar stops in front of the College

•Celebrate the recent release (September 23rd) of Yasmine’s new book A Bed for Kitty
•Participate in a comic book workshop with Yasmine
•Purchase one of Yasmine’s books and have it autographed
•Refreshments provided

A Bed for Kitty:
“Kitty sleeps everywhere: on the TV, in the sink, even in her litter box! But she never sleeps in her own bed. This follow up to Yasmine Surovec’s I See Kitty shows that sometimes it takes a friend to find the perfect place to sleep. “

catvshumanAnother Dose of Catnip:
“Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure of awakening next to a lovely gift from your cat—such as a dead mouse or hairball—or maybe you understand the necessary pain tolerance that comes from being a scratching post for unclipped claws.  Either way, this book is sure to leave you rolling with laughter . . . on your cat hair -infested floor.”

 

In addition to being the creative talent behind catversushuman.com, Yasmine Surovec is an illustrator and designer behind a number of popular online ventures. Her work has been featured on popular sites such as Apartment Therapy, Craft Magazine, Decor8, I Can Has Cheezburger, and more. She lives in Phoenix.

 

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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