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User Image marinero_estrella Posted: Nov 20, 2017 8:01 PM (UTC)
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Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor "In Lagos, people were perpetually on alert because anything could happen at any time. The roads were narrow, overcrowded, and littered with street traders and beggars of all kinds. There were so many rickety golden-yellow ‘danfo’ packed with people. Even the air quality was different. At times smelling like burning cedar wood, rotten medicine, garbage, and exhaust. It was noxious. Was it even air? Sunny felt like she was breathing fumes, better yet, juju powder.”
#nnediokorafor #akatawarrior #akatawitch #diverselit #books #bookstagram #moodboard #aesthetic #instagay #lagos #abuja #benincity #nigeria
User Image desibabies Posted: Nov 20, 2017 6:12 PM (UTC)
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Meet AMAYA, today's #thankfuldesibabies contest winner- What a sweetheart 😍

Part of parenting is teaching our children about Gratitude.

Have a moment of thanks each day when everyone shares something they’re thankful for. Whether the list includes a favorite toy, a yummy snack or a phone call from Grandma, this daily tradition can help develop a positive frame of mind. 🙏🏽
Thank you Amaya!
User Image wowbookandtoy Posted: Nov 20, 2017 6:14 PM (UTC)
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We're still celebrating #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth over here, so I'm excited to share a new release from #Native author Daniel Vandever! Take a look at his new book "Fall in Line, Holden!" and also get a look at the creator himself! In the photo you'll also see some other Native titles from publisher @salinabookshelf. Read below to hear Vandever talk about the dearth of Native characters in children's literature and how that drove him to write "Fall in Line, Holden!", along with a book description. As always head to the link in our profile to add this to your home or classroom library. 📚
Vandever, 30, said he wanted to write a book for his nephew that accurately portrayed #Navajo characters and told a story rooted in history. He spent six years writing and illustrating the book, which depicts Holden sporting a tsiiyéé (traditional hair bun), but dressed in modern attire and having very contemporary daydreams. “All of this started with me wanting to tell a story for my nephew,” Vandever said. “I think every kid deserves something they can identify with, something to relate to. Every kid should be able to see themselves in a book.” Vandever is the grandson of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr. His father attended boarding schools on the Navajo Nation, where he was stripped of his language and culture. “By writing about boarding schools, I’m telling my father’s story,” Vandever said. “But it’s also the story of an entire generation, and my family was impacted by it. I think it’s crucial to start conversations about what happened.”
Fall in Line, Holden! follows Holden, a young Navajo boy, through his day at boarding school. Although Holden is required to conform to a rigid schedule and strict standards of behavior, his internal life is led with imagination and wonder. Whether he is in art class, the computer lab, or walking the hall to lunch, Holden’s vivid imagination transforms his commonplace surroundings into a world of discovery and delight.

Explore the world through Holden’s eyes. Join him for the day, and celebrate the strong spirit of a boy who rises above the rules surrounding him.
User Image wowbookandtoy Posted: Nov 17, 2017 4:36 PM (UTC)
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Y'all know I love comics, and so I'm really excited to share this find with y'all. How many #comicbooks do y'all know of who's main character has #DownsSyndrome?! And who's best friend is a sista?! Well feast your eyes on Superb, who's first issue was released July of this year and is authored by #RiderUniversity professor Sheena Howard. As you can see in the pics, this series looks hot! Read below to learn more about #Superb and it's publishing house, #CatalystPrime. Head to the link in our bio to purchase copies! 🌟
“In the first issue, you see him getting teased on the school bus,” said Howard. “I wanted to make one of his powers to silence people, because as a kid who gets teased, one of the things you want to do is shut people up, stop them in their tracks.”
“Superb” is published by Catalyst Prime, a new venture now rolling out a #hero universe designed to be diverse and #inclusive. The co-star of “Superb” is a black teenage girl who develops superstrength. In another title, “Noble,” an African-American astronaut returns from space with amnesia. All of the titles in Catalyst Prime’s universe are linked by the same meteoric event.
One year ago, Earth was saved from an asteroid, but a meteor shower hit the world! Youngstown, Ohio, became a Level 5 impact zone, and teenagers are emerging with new superpowers! Kayla Tate has returned to Youngstown and reunited with her childhood friend, Jonah Watkins, a young man with Down syndrome. Together, they’ll uncover the mystery of the superhero and Internet sensation "Cosmosis" and his nighttime battle against the supposedly-benevolent corporation known as Foresight.

In the spirit of giving thanks and counting our blessings, we are hosting a contest to include your kiddos! Deets below: 👇

1. Take a quick video clip of your little one(s) telling us what they are most thankful for: "I am thankful for...." (We can't wait to hear the fun adorable responses here!)

2. Post the video with the hashtag #ThankfulDesiBabies and tag @desibabies on Instagram and/or Facebook!

3. Follow @desibabies on instagram

4. We will pick the top 5 favorite videos and post them during the week of thanksgiving! Each winner will receive a FREE My First Indian Coloring Book + Desi Stickers! •

We can’t wait to start seeing the adorable videos. We are thankful FOR YOU! ✌🏼🙏🏼
xo, DB
User Image zealophone Posted: Nov 16, 2017 7:21 PM (UTC)
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Back in October, students in @vt_finearts' MFA in Writing & Publishing joined with young poets from @outrightvermont for an evening of gut-spilling. We all thought our guts were lovely and should be shared regularly - so Zealophone was born.

#openmic #vcfa #vermont #montpelier #reading #spokenword #poets #pocwriters #queerwriters #diverselit #vtarts #newenglandwriters
User Image wowbookandtoy Posted: Nov 15, 2017 5:12 AM (UTC)
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Extremely #latepost for me, but such is the life! Lol. Y'all may have heard of this book earlier this year while they were running their Kickstarter. Well good news... They made 600% of their goal and now "Pepper Zhang: Artist Extraordinaire" is available for sale! 🎨
Get a preview of this adorable book in the photos. Read below for a description of the book and also for a word from author Peter Zhang on his inspiration for Pepper! As always, head to the link in our bio to bring this one home. 🎨
An illustrated children's book starring a spirited Asian toddler whose imagination takes her on a journey into creativity & art!
One day, my oldest daughter, Madison, told me she didn't want to be Chinese. It happened during a period when she was obsessed with the book characters Madeline and Eloise. She kept asking me why she was Chinese and they weren't, and whether she can have blonde or red hair like they do. 🎨
This prompted me to look for books with Asian characters for Madison to be exposed to; the few I managed to find were heavily cultural, and Madison didn't connect with any of the characters in them. That's when she told me she didn't want to be Chinese anymore, and it broke my heart.
While it's important for children to learn about their cultures through books, it's equally important for Asian children to see themselves represented in books as interesting and smart individuals rather than just products of their cultures.
YAY @ibtihajmuhammad
will be the next Barbie for their Shero line! 💪🏽
🙌🏽 👏🏻 @barbie "Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie Sejal Shah Miller said in a press release. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”
User Image desibabies Posted: Nov 14, 2017 5:03 PM (UTC)
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"My 2 1/2 year old is not only getting pre-school ready by learning how to color.. she's integrating learning about her own culture at the same time! Thank you @desibabies for making my job as a mom so much easier!"
"The moment I saw her, a part of me walked out of my body and wrapped itself around her. And there it still remains." — Arundhati Roy, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'. .
Because I have no self control, I have started this. About time. Also, looking at this book always gives me feels because I remember just really wanting it and a couple of my friends actually arranged to get it for me :')
Have any of you read this? Or heard anything about it? .
I have HUGE expectations from this book so here's to a lovely reading ✨
User Image everywordadoorway Posted: Nov 12, 2017 1:02 PM (UTC)
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10 days is probably the longest span I've ever not posted. This is mostly due to being very busy and not having time to take pictures. But I've also been diagnosed with a dust allergy recently, and I've had to throw out a lot of props because they're ace dust collectors. So I'm limited in my creativity and, though I have a lot of shots in stock, they're mostly spring- or summer-themed. Nonetheless, I've decided that a little sunflowers never hurt anybody 😉🌻
Do you base your themes on the current season? ❄️🌷🌳🍂
EVERY LAST WORD is one of the books I bought this year, and I probably would have never bought it based on the cover, but the premise - ft. a girl with OCD - sounds really good. I'm not into contemporaries, but when I do read them, diversity is practically a must if I am to enjoy it💪🏼
#bookishscavengerhunt17 | Minimalistic Cover 📔
#middleearthnovember | The Council of Elrond | Diverse Books 👐🏼
#bookstagram #booksofinstagram #instabooks #igbooks #igreads #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #booklover #bookworm #diverselit #minimalisticcover #mentalhealth #everylastword #tamarairelandstone #hyperion #hyperionbooks
User Image diverse_stories Posted: Nov 11, 2017 7:49 PM (UTC)
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"Some things you remember, and some you forget. Of the things you remember, you have to wonder what's real and what's translated into a memory from a story you heard." - Bill Kognigsberg, The Porcupine of Truth
Tags ~ #diverse_stories #books #bookstagram #diversebooks #weneeddiversebooks #diversestories #weneeddiversestories #diversebooksaregoodbooks #diversebooksmatter #diversestoriesmatter #diverseyalit #diversityinliterature #diversityreads #diverselit #weneeddiversebookscampaign #theporcupineoftruth
User Image wowbookandtoy Posted: Nov 11, 2017 5:48 PM (UTC)
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Good #SmallBusinessSaturday to everyone! It's a beautiful day outside and I wanted to share a new release that would make some great Saturday reading, esp for those middle school aged girls out there. Take a look at a new graphic novel from Nidhi Chanani. Pashmina is a colorful and personal story about an Indian American teenager, Priyanka Das, who's juggling two worlds and cultures. Her's is a journey of self discovery that many can relate to. Read below for an expert from an interview with the author that made me love the book even more! Head to the link in our profile to bring this home. 🌟
Chanani’s illustrations dramatically alternate between black-and-white (when Pri is in the United States) and full-throttle color (when Pri is in India). In the course of this first-rate adventure tale, Pri learns about women’s choices — especially her mother’s — and living without fear. I talked to Chanani about magical realism, South Asian families, and how Pashmina came to be. 🌟
PM: Priyanka is the daughter of a single mother, a family structure rarely represented in young people’s literature of the South Asian diaspora. Why was this representation important to you?
NC: There are family dynamics that are rarely seen from many communities — including ours. I wanted to work within a story that isn’t often seen but is still relatable.
Although I grew up in your traditional Indian family (mother, father, sibling), we had tons of problems. Those problems, as much as we tried to hide them from our community, came to define us. My mom eventually left my dad.
She was ostracized from the Indian community.
I saw what a difficult time my mom had to move within our community without support. In an instance it’s a triumph for women to stand up for themselves, but the community does not support moving past the traditional roles. It adds another challenge.
I wanted to explore what having a single mom from the beginning would mean for Priyanka. To have that as a norm within her life, but to have unanswered questions. I feel that she had respect for her mother, while also not completely understanding her. Then through the book, she gains the understanding she was missing.
User Image echoliteraryarts Posted: Nov 11, 2017 2:43 PM (UTC)
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What Diverse Lit do you include on your reading list? We are creating a print featuring important DIVERSE literary works and we’d love your suggestions!
#englishlit #englishteacher #englishteachers #literature #diverseliterature #diverselit #diversity #reading #readinglist #books #bookish #teachersofinstagram #elateacher
35 degrees outside and stuck indoors? ❄️🍁🖌🖍
Here's a fun fall craft idea that will keep your little ones busy and add to that adorable artwork on your walls!
User Image karachigeek Posted: Nov 10, 2017 11:23 AM (UTC)
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This book caught my eye because I am all about diversity and this debut is written by a writer who is half-Palestinian and half-Scottish. The book sounds fascinating as well so this is definitely on the top of my tbr pile at the moment. .

#ThingsBrightandBeautiful is a darkly comic and suspenseful story set in a small island in the South Pacific. Bea agreed to accompany her missionary husband Max to a remote island but soon their claustrophobic island existence is stretched to the breaking point after the arrival of an unexpected guest.
So intrigued!! Thanks @cat_snaps17 for sending this proof. The book is out in April from @penguinukbooks
User Image shoutmousepress Posted: Nov 9, 2017 1:48 AM (UTC)
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We are 9 days away from @reachinc books by teens going on sale on the SMP website! We can't wait.
In the mean time, check out this illustration by @carsonbmac for "Speak! Amaya Finds Her Voice" by Ashley, De’Asia, and Romel! #art #illustration #dc #diversity #diverselit #representationmatters #weneeddiversebooks #kidlit #kidlitart #childrensbooks #booksofinstagram #bookstagram

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