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A Morning with Author Kate Bernheimer

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Bernheimer

•Hear the story behind Kate’s new books
•Listen to read-alouds
•Participate in centers and activities around books
•Refreshments
•Have your book(s) autographed

The UA Bookstores will have Kate’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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Goodman

Worlds of Words
Celebrating the release of
Ken Goodman’s
The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale

A new book for children

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Final silent auction bids due on Ray Marten’s original pen-and-ink sketches from The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale.

Proceeds will purchase an original illustration for Worlds of Words in honor of the life of Dr. Richard Ruiz.

The sketches will be on display in Room 455 from April 13-25 for ongoing bidding until the final bids at 4:00 p.m. on April 25.

Join us for:
•A book reading of The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale
•Information on the background of the book
•Refreshments provided
•Ken’s book will be 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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Worlds of Words Mini-Conference
Room 453, College of Education, 1430 E. 2nd Street

Tentatively scheduler: 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

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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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