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Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand by Eric LeGrand

Young Readers’ Edition:

The inspirational story of Eric LeGrand . . . also adapted for young readers!

On October 16, 2010, Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was known as a key performer on the field and a much-loved teammate who could make anyone smile. But in the heated fourth quarter of a tie game against Army, everything changed in a moment. A crushing tackle left him motionless on the field, and while the entire stadium went silent with fear and anticipation, Eric knew his life would never again be the same.

What he didn’t know, however, was that the months to come would be a remarkable, transformative journey: one so profound that he would call the year following the accident that paralyzed him from the neck down the best year of his life.

In this uplifting memoir, now adapted for young readers, Eric tells the amazing story of how he rebuilds his life, continues his college education, and pursues a career in sports broadcasting. His belief in a grand plan and his hope for the future make him a model for anyone who has experienced tragedy or faced obstacles.

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, the country’s capital, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.

Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy’s determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela’s triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.

I Have a Dream (Book & CD) – Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us — those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.”

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson‘s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation’s past. Included with the book is an audio CD of the speech.

I Have a Dream (Book & CD)
Martin Luther King Jr. (author), Kadir Nelson (illustrator)
Schwartz & Wade
October 9, 2012
Hardcover

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Start counting your votes . . . and your friends.

When Brianna Justice’s hero, the famous celebrity chef Miss Delicious, speaks at her school and traces her own success back to being president of her fifth grade class, Brianna determines she must do the same. She just knows that becoming president of her class is the first step toward her own cupcake-baking empire!

But when new student Jasmine Moon announces she is also running for president, Brianna learns that she may have more competition than she expected. Will Brianna be able to stick to her plan of working with her friends to win the election fairly? Or will she jump at the opportunity to steal votes from Jasmine by revealing an embarrassing secret?

This hilarious, heartfelt novel will appeal to any reader with big dreams, and the determination to achieve them.

21st Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, Philadelphia

21st Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
February 2, 2013
1-3 p.m.

Gymnasium of the Community College of Philadelphia
17th & Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.

The Book Fair started out on a cold frosty day at John Wanamaker Department Store and is now one of the oldest and largest single day events for African American Children’s Books in the country. The success of the program is due to the fact that we offer the best and the brightest from the African American Children’s literary community. Parents, caregivers, and educators from the tri-state area are very supportive of the event. They all understand that children who read make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles.
The event is free and opened to the public.

Author and illustrators will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional give-aways and reading resources will be available. A wide selection of African American books to purchase will be featured at the event.

For more information about next year’s book fair, email Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati at vlloydsgam@aol.com or call (215) 878-BOOK

1835 WYNNEWOOD ROAD
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19151

http://theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org/

The Kid With The Cubed Fro


The all age comic book series starring a super genius kid with a blockish hairdo returns in The Kid With The Cubed Fro #2

“The first issue was just an introduction to the Kid With The Cubed Fro and some of the other characters. But it’s the second issue where the story kicks loose and goes high octane crazy fun.” Says series creator Martin Jackson.

The Kid With the Cubed Fro’s first day of school continues as the alien O’Zha Mutana Razbin returns to seek revenge on the Kid but facing an evil alien warlord isn’t bad enough President Barack Obama needs the kids help because Osama Bin Laden has returned (or at least his brain has) aided with a shape shifting war machine.

For more information on The Kid With the Cubed Fro and other comics from Graffiti On The Sun check out their website http://graffiti-on-the-sun.blogspot.com.

The Kid With the Cubed Fro’s first day of school continues as the alien O’Zha Mutana Razbin returns to seek revenge on the Kid but facing an evil alien warlord isn’t bad enough President Barack Obama needs the kids help because Osama Bin Laden has returned (or at least his brain has) aided with a shape shifting war machine.

The Kid With The Cubed Fro issue 2
Martin Jackson
March 13, 2012
Kindle Edition


Who knew a soft spoken, smart (very very smart) kid would find himself in the middle of so many wild crazy insane adventures.

The Kid With the Cubed Fro follows the adventures of a super genius kid who not only has to deal with the normal hardships of going to school but also due to his high intellect often comes in situations where he most save the world from a number of threats with only his smarts and somethings the help of a few friends to solve.

In the first issue The Kid With The Cubed Fro is the new kid at school. Not only does he have to deal with bullies but he stumbles onto a dark secret about the school lunch food…and if you thought that “food” was nasty the secret makes them even nastier.

The Kid With The Cubed Fro issue 1
Martin Jackson
Graffiti On The Sun
June 28, 2011
Kindle Edition

2012 Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival

Save March 2 & 3, 2012 For the 16th Annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival!

Planning for Children’s Literature Festival 2012 is well underway. Award winning featured speakers scheduled for 2012 include: Brian Pinkney, Eric Kimmel, George Ella Lyon, J. Patrick Lewis, Steven Layne, Caroline Arnold, and Kristine O’Connell George.

Why do people come—and keep coming back? Each year, the festival brings together educators, students, illustrators, authors, librarians, editors, and all those interested in children’s literature. In the words of past participants, it is “a small, intimate conference where you can spend time with the authors and illustrators.” “Unrushed.” “A unique opportunity to spend time with others who share a passion for children’s books and their creators.” Plan now to be a part of an exciting weekend filled with the best of children’s books and their creators. As one attendee said, “This conference is great. I never know what will happen, but it is always what I needed. It just keeps getting better and better.”

Call for Proposals: We are now accepting proposals for small group sessions for 2012, including proposals to bring students to meet one of our featured speakers. Small group topics requested by past attendees are listed on the Small Groups page.

Once again the Ayres Hotel is partnering with the University to offer room rate of $59 per night for Festival participants. Call them at 909-335 9024 and start planning your weekend getaway now!

See http://www.redlands.edu/academics/school-of-education/4102.aspx for more information.

Nettie Parker’s Backyard

Ask anyone who knows Nettie Parker, and they’ll say that she’s an amazing, mystical woman…what else would you call someone who receives supernatural signs sent just to them? And being able to live longer than anyone else? That alone is pretty amazing! Nettie’s been through many hardships in her life, and she’s learned first-hand that prejudice can be a multi-headed dragon. but her courage and determination show others that differences in skin color or in physical abilities don’t matter. In fact, as Nettie and her fighter-pilot husband both get caught up in World War II, survival becomes what matters most-not just for them, but also for the eight Jewish refugee children she comes to care for. Now Nettie faces her toughest struggle yet: uncovering the mystery of her supernatural signs and the purpose of her unusually long life. Do the strange statues that suddenly appear in her backyard point to any clues? Halley, Nettie’s young friend, plays detective as she re-visits Nettie’s past, a journey that takes the reader from South Carolina to England and back again. Can Halley put all the pieces together and solve the puzzle?

Nettie Parker’s Backyard is the story of a mystical, wonderful African-American Gullah woman and the supernatural signs she receives, which guide her to care for eight Jewish child refugees in WWII London. The special bonds they form are so strong, nothing can break them: neither time nor distance, proving love is the greatest force of all in a surprise twist ending. Important themes of anti-bullying and tolerance toward all, regardless of race, religion or physical challenges are woven into this historical-fiction mystery, and contains something to which every child, ages 9-13, can relate.

Bullying has become a global problem for today’s youth, and hate-crime rates continue to skyrocket. The characters in my book have little in common: they are from various countries, cultures and religious backgrounds…yet it all works! My book inspires the reader to see that what matters is the “core” of each person, and that acceptance of others and their differences truly means enriching themselves.

News: NBA all-star Amar’e Stoudemire to pen middle-grade series ‘STAT’

Children’s book publisher Scholastic announced Thursday it will release a series of middle-grade chapter books written by the NBA all-star. Titled after the 29-year-old player’s nickname, “STAT: Standing Tall and Talented,” the series is based on Stoudemire’s young life growing up with his older brother, landscaper dad and a mom who was in and out of jail.

For more, see Los Angeles Times.

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The Kid With The Cubed Fro by Martin Jackson

The cover for The Kid With The Cubed Fro The Kid With The Cubed Fro is the new all age comic book series from Graffiti On The Sun. 

The Series follows the adventures of a young super genius African American boy that everyone calls the kid with the cubed fro, due to his square shaped afro.  A kid that due to his high IQ causes him to often be at the epicenter of the weirdness of the world, everything from aliens invasion, monsters, bullies, secret government programs, quantum physics mishaps and that’s just a few of the things that the kid most use his smarts to deal with.

“In some ways this series is an oxymoron.”  Says Martin Jackson the creator of The Kid With Cubed Fro.  “On one hand even though kid genius characters are nothing new we haven’t seen many of Kid with the Cubed Fro’s background or personality in the media at least not as the lead and so that something fresh and new.  But on the other hand the series somewhat a throw back to old comics.  Not in the retro sense of just trying to copy the surface style of things in the past but the series has a similar energy and feel and gives the reader something they won’t find much in the modern comic market.”

The Kid With the Cubed Fro is on sale now in .99¢ eBook format at Amazon.com

See also
http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5643.

For more information please visited the Graffiti On The Sun website http://graffiti-on-the-sun.blogspot.com.

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country.

Kadir Nelson, one of this generation’s most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an “Everywoman,” an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, Heart and Soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice — the true heart and soul of our nation.

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Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. by S.Dodson is released!



Today is the official release of Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. by S.Dodson.

Get it today for $10.95 paperback or $3.00 from Kindle.

Come out and meet the author!!!

She will be at the following locations for the month of June.

**Book of the month SV Promoting Purpose Magazine**

Check out the magazine!
http://www.promotingpurposemagazine.com/Featured-Author.html

06/04/2011 The Literary Joint (Forrestville, MD) 12pm to 4pm

06/10/2011 African Imports (Houston, TX) Greenspoint Mall

06/11/2011-06/12/2011 The National Black Book Festival (Houston, TX)

06/16/2011 Interviews with Conversations CA WEBB @ 8:30

06/17/2011- Cartel Café & Books (Oxon Hills, MD) 2pm to 5pm

06/20/2011-Interviews with SORMAG

Also, Interviewed at Freda Voice. To check it out copy and paste the link below.

http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/05/get-to-know-author-s-dodson.html

About The Book

Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E.
is suitable for the straight A student, the troubled teen, and the girl looking to be empowered. The goal is to transform our teens into successful women by giving them the tools needed to build their self confidence and self esteem. This book focuses on the hottest topics facing teens such as relationships, self esteem, bullying, the importance of education, and how to set goals. If guidance is what you need, Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is here to the rescue!

Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is suitable for any teen. If you don’t have a teen girl in your life, buy the book and donate it to a church, school or library. Everyone can use some motivation in their life!

**Books are available at all the online retailers and a book store near you. If they don’t have the book, order it. Also, books can be purchased from the publishers’ website @ www.mahogneyinkpublication.com.**

Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri

From a 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor winner comes a street-smart tale about a displaced teen who learns to defend what’s right — the Cowboy Way.

When Cole’s mom dumps him in the mean streets of Philadelphia to live with the dad he’s never met, the last thing Cole expects to see is a horse, let alone a stable full of them. He may not know much about cowboys, but what he knows for sure is that cowboys aren’t black, and they don’t live in the inner city. But in his dad’s hood, horses are a way of life, and soon Cole’s days of skipping school and getting in trouble in Detroit have been replaced by shoveling muck and trying not to get stomped on. At first, all Cole can think about is how to ditch these ghetto cowboys and get home. But when the City threatens to shut down the stables — and take away the horse Cole has come to think of as his own — he knows that it’s time to step up and fight back. Inspired by the little-known urban riders of Philly and Brooklyn, this compelling tale of latter -day cowboy justice champions a world where your friends always have your back, especially when the chips are down.

Ghetto Cowboy
by Greg Neri, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

Candlewick
Available August 9, 2011 in Hardcover

Cruisers #2: Checkmate by Walter Dean Myers

In the second book of the CRUISERS series, Walter Dean Myers explores the world of competitive chess as seen through the eyes of a group of middle school misfits.

Sidney Aronofsky is one of the best chess players under age 16 in both the city and the country. When he’s arrested for trying to buy drugs, it comes as a total surprise to those who know him. The expectations of parents, schools, and tutors pressure the young players. Sidney loves and wants to play chess, but dislikes the constant spotlight. He thinks that if he appears to be involved in drugs or a troublemaker he will be excused from playing on the school’s team. In this book Zander and his crew is back, using the Cruiser school newspaper express their frustrations and triumphs.

Scholastic Press
Available August 1, 2011 in Hardcover

Planet of Success by Shirley Woods

Planet of Success

A children’s book based on building character and not judging people on their appearances but by their actions and deeds….

Summertime Productions
Available August 26, 2010 in Kindle Edition

The Playground is Dirty

A page-turning novel based on true events, that identifies today’s teenagers in a love triangle between best friends that begins to unravel by deceit, sexual promiscuity and a brush with death by the choices they make.

Summertime Productions
March 18, 2013
Kindle Edition

2011 Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles

The 5th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th, from 10am to 6pm.

As in our previous festivals, the Book Fair will attract a large number of visitors to the Leimert Park Village for an entertaining day of readings, poetry, and musical entertainment. The centerpiece will be the Authors Tent where we will gather our community of authors to share and sell their works to the public.

The 2011 line-up for the Leimert Park Book Fair of authors, panel discussions, and entertainment promises to be the BEST year ever.

I Got Bank: What My Granddad Taught Me About Money by Teri Williams

Jazz Ellington says to his best friend Marquis “I got bank!” And he does. At ten years old, he has over two thousand dollars in the bank. And his savings keep growing. His granddad taught him to save his allowance and set up a bank account to make sure he did. I Got Bank! increases financial awareness while sharing the lives of two African-American boys growing up in the city. Beckham Publications Group
Available November 15, 2010 in Perfect Paperback

Literature Nominees for the 42st Annual NAACP Images Awards

LITERATURE CATEGORIES

Outstanding Literary Work -Fiction
• ‘A Taste of Honey’ – Jabari Asim (Broadway Books)
• ‘Getting to Happy’ – Terry McMillan (Penguin Group)
• ‘Glorious’ – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
• ‘Till You Hear From Me’ – Pearl Cleage (Ballantine Books/One World)
• ‘Wench’ – Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work -Non-Fiction
• ‘Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority’ – Tom Burrell (SmileyBooks)
• ‘Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC’ – Editors: Faith
S. Holsaert, Judy Richardson, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Betty Garman
Robinson, Jean Smith Young, Dorothy M. Zellner (University of Illinois Press)
• ‘Surviving and Thriving 365 Days in Black Economic History’ – Dr. Julianne Malveaux
(Last Word Productions, Inc.)
• ‘The History of White People’ – Nell Irvin Painter (W.W. Norton & Company)
• ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’ – Michelle
Alexander (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work -Debut Author
• ‘Wench’ – Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)
• ‘The Girl Who Fell from the Sky’ – Heidi Durrow (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
• ‘The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration’ – Isabel
Wilkerson (Random House)
• ‘Beneath the Lion’s Gaze’ – Maaza Mengiste (W.W. Norton & Company)
• ‘Forest Gate’ – Peter Akinti (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work -Biography/Auto-Biography
• ‘Conversations with Myself’ – Ruth Hobday, Nelson Mandela (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
• ‘Decoded’ – Jay-Z (Spiegel & Gran, a division of Random House)
• ‘Extraordinary, Ordinary People’ – Condoleezza Rice (Crown Archetype)
• ‘I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen – My Journey Home’ –
Shoshana Johnson (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
• ‘You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles’ – Ray Charles Robinson,
Jr. (Crown)

Outstanding Literary Work -Instructional
• ‘A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life’ –
Antwone Fisher (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
• ‘Diet-Free for Life: A Revolutionary Food, Fitness and Mindset Makeover to Maximize Fat Loss’ – Robert Ferguson (Penguin Group USA, Perigee Hardcover)
• ‘If it Takes a Village, Build One: How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service and 100+ Ways You Can Too’ – Malaak Compton-Rock (Crown Archetype)
• ‘The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms’ – Kirk Franklin (Gotham Books)
• ‘The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women’ – Elaine Meryl Brown, Rhonda McLean, Marsha Haygood (Ballantine Books/One World)

Outstanding Literary Work -Poetry
• ‘100 Best African-American Poems’ – Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks MediaFusion)
• ‘Hard Times Require Furious Dancing’ – Alice Walker (Author), Shiloh McCloud (Illustrator) (New World Library)
• ‘Holding Company’ – Major Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company)
• ‘Suck on the Marrow’ – Camille T. Dungy (Red Hen Press)
• ‘White Egrets’ – Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Outstanding Literary Work -Children
• ‘Grandma’s Gift’ – Eric Velasquez (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books)
• ‘Mama Miti: Wangai Maathai and the Tree of Kenya’ – Donna Jo Napoli (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
• ‘My Brother Charlie’ – Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Scholastic Press)
• ‘Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez’ – Monica Brown (Author), Joe Cepeda (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children’s Books)
• ‘The Great Migration: Journey to the North’ – Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Pivey Gilchrist (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

Outstanding Literary Work -Youth/Teens
• ‘Condoleezza Rice A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me’ – Condoleezza Rice (Random House Children’s Books)
• ‘Lockdown’ – Walter Dean Myers (Harper Collins Children’s Books)
• ‘Malcolm X: I Believe in the Brotherhood of Man, All Men’ – Jeff Burlingame (Enslow Publishers, Inc.)
• ‘Out of My Mind’ – Sharon Draper (Atheneum Young Reader)
• ‘One Crazy Summer’ – Rita Williams-Garcia (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane

On the first day of summer vacation, teenaged sisters M’Rose, Elle, and Celina step out into the tropical heat of their island home and continue their headlong tumble toward adulthood. Boys, schoolyard fights, petty thievery, and even illicit alcohol make for a heady mix, as The Zabime Sisters indulge in a little summertime freedom. The dramatic backdrop of a Caribbean island provides a study of contrasts — a world that is both lush and wild, yet strangely small and intimate — which echoes the contrasts of the sisters themselves, who are at once worldly and wonderfully naive.

Master storyteller Aristophane’s The Zabime Sisters takes a keen look at some of the universal experiences of children on the cusp of growing up, in the fascinating setting of Guadeloupe. Aristophane‘s bold, graphic brushwork weaves a wild texture through this gentle, clear-eyed tale.

First Second
Available October 26, 2010 in Paperback