Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

While on Facebook, I found a link to this great blog post that features an updated illustration of diversity in children’s books. It uses recent statistics from 2015.

Sarah Park Dahlen, Ph.D.

At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now 4 years old, the image communicated inequity in publishing so well that she would use it at every opportunity.

Just before ALA Annual, St. Catherine University MLIS Program assistant professor Sarah Park Dahlen had posted to Facebook asking if anyone knew of an updated illustration, but Kügler’s was the only one anyone knew about. Friends said they would be happy to support an illustrator to create an update. Author/teacher Molly Beth Griffin saw Sarah’s post and queried her Twin Cities Picture Book Salon to see if anyone would be interested; David Huyck (pronounced “hike”) responded, and a…

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Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

I’m in the mood for a tag so I’ve decided to do the Seasons of Book Blogging Tag since the season is about to change from my favorite time of the year, summer, to my second favorite time of the year, autumn.

That second favorite spot tends to flip-flop between autumn and spring. I love spring because that means winter is finally over and the flowers and sun are about to return. But it also means itchy nose and runny eyes since the pollen affects my sinuses. Autumn I love for its robust colors and that I can start wearing blazers and boots again. Also, apple pies and pumpkin everything!

About the tag: I found it on Ashley’s blog, Socially Awkward Bookworm, last year. It was created by Jordyn of J. Bookish. The rules:

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“The Summer That Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer that Melted Everything1The title of this book was fitting for the weather I endured while reading it. I was elated when I was contacted by the author to read and review this book. It was the first that had happened and I felt grateful for the opportunity. I was also curious since the story is about a small town that receives a visit from the devil during its hottest summer.

Goodreads overview:

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him.

As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be.

While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

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Weekend Reads #57: Book Haul #27

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However, for this post I will do a book haul instead of a discussion.

Here are the books I recently acquired:

Library books


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Nintendo Book Tag

There’s a book tag for everything. I found this on Samantha’s YouTube channel, Sam’s Nonsense, last year. I’m not a gamer, but I liked the questions so I decided to do the tag. I’ll include her video at the end.

NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read.

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #17: All the Books

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get and read.

Again I’m late on posting this. I usually do these once per month, but I forgot to post in July and since my last entry in this series, I’ve added many books to my Goodreads TBR. I use both that TBR and these posts when looking for a new book to purchase or rent from the library. I don’t mind browsing bookstores and libraries and selecting a book by chance, simply because the cover caught my attention, but at times when I’m indecisive, these Wishes for My TBR Pile lists come in handy. Same too my Goodreads TBR, but sometimes the app is a nuisance when I’m trying to see the books I recently added.

I hope you’ll find something new to add to your TBR. Here are the books:

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Weekend Reads #56: Podcasts

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

This weekend’s topic:


I’ve wanted to discuss podcasts for a while now because I’d love to get recommendations for new ones to listen to. I mostly listen to podcasts while at work because parts of my job are monotonous so it’s good to have something else occupy my attention so I don’t get bored and totally zone out (or doze off). I enjoy listening to podcasts about books, reading, and writing, but wouldn’t mind those that touch on sociological issues or psychological topics.

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“Royal Assassin” by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin2Not long after completing the first book in the Farseer trilogy, Assassin’s Apprentice, I picked up the second, Royal Assassin, and was glad to find it just as great as the first.

Goodreads overview:

Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.

Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

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