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Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
But, before we can market books with POC to our audiences, more of them need to be created. We need diverse “diverse” books—reflecting the many-storied and many-leveled experience of people of color not only in this country, but in our global community. We are bombarded enough with negative and many times erroneous images and interpretations of how a Latino, or Asian, or Arab teen lives. Let’s not be lazy thinkers, and let’s not teach our next generation to be the same. There are middle class African Americans. There are blonde, blue-eyed Hispanics. There are Southeast Asians living in the Midwest. And we all get visits from the tooth fairy, have a first day of school, and face cyber bullying from our peers. Where are the stories that reflect that? Where are the authors that write that? Where are the artists that illustrate that?
…as the United States population continues to grow more diverse—with Latinos being the most represented minority at 16%, according to the 2010 census—librarians continue to be instrumental in meeting the needs of the communities they serve. Many develop and create their collections according to their changing neighborhoods.
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I’ve never eaten so much ice cream @ 1 workplace, ever.
— SLJ editor Shelley Diaz on our diary-centric LJ/SLJ office. She speaks the truth.
A staple in school and public libraries across the country, the chapter books followed the adventures of 10-year-old amateur sleuth Leroy Brown (nicknamed “Encyclopedia” for his range of knowledge) as he solved the mysteries that took place in the fictional town of Idaville, FL. Ahead of his times, Sobol made his boy-wonder-protagonist part of a crime-solving team, along with his partner, the spunky and assertive Sally Kimble, who was never afraid to defend her friend from bullies.
— A special lady close to my heart wrote this obit of Encyclopedia Brown–creator Donald J. Sobol, up now on SLJ’s blog.