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WOW Book Fiesta

B. G. Hennessy and Corduroy



Saturday, December 5
10 – Noon

Worlds of Words
Room 453, College of Education
1430 E. 2nd St.

Free parking at the 2nd St. Garage (2nd and Mountain)
Right next to the Highland Ave. Streetcar Stop

•Enjoy Corduroy read-clouds
•Participate in Corduroy & Map activity centers
•Meet B. G. Hennessy and talk about Corduroy
•Get B. G. Hennessy’s autograph
•Enjoy snacks and conversations


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

Tentatively scheduled: Thursday, March 10, 2016

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


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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