Good Comics for Kids
September 21, 2023 by Betsy Bird
Poetry and friendship. Family and legacy. The story behind the collaboration of Jerry Pinkney, Nikki Grimes, Brian Pinkney, and Charnelle Pinkney may be one of the finest you read all year.
April 29, 2022 by Betsy Bird
GARVEY IN THE DARK (coming out 10/25/22) is the Nikki Grimes follow-up to her previous title GARVEY'S CHOICE. A novel-in-verse for ages 8 - 12, it's a continuation of Garvey's story... and it's set during the pandemic. And me? I have the cover reveal.
July 26, 2021 by Betsy Bird
With the recent death of Floyd Cooper, we consider the "classic" status of one of his best. Added Bonus: Nikki Grimes!
May 5, 2020 by Betsy Bird
"Too often, children's books by black authors have been limited by the prison of the single story, the notion that all black people share a single lived experience, and that experience, generally portrayed as heavy or edgy, usually takes place within an inner city landscape, where few rivers run, few trees grow, and birdsong is the last thing on anybody's mind. Light, joyful, or quiet stories about our deep engagement with nature, therefore, constitute a publishing space black authors have not been encouraged to enter—until now." Nikki Grimes provides today's guest post on her latest book.
October 19, 2011 by Betsy Bird
If I’m not too incorrect I believe that today is the last day for SLJ editor Brian Kenney before he steps off and joins the White Plains Public Library as their Director. It was Brian who first tapped me to become an SLJ blogger, and who, in effect, “discovered” me. He’s been a wonderful editor […]
September 9, 2010 by Betsy Bird
So I’m at a lovely picture book author’s event the other night at Sharlene’s (note the shameless plug for my friend’s bar) and while talking to some industry folks I hear a rumor I’d previously been unaware of. “Did you know that they’re thinking of merging the ALA and BEA conferences?” Uh . . . […]
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