KQED Radio on Diversity in Children’s Books, Author Tim Kehoe Dies, Calif. Center for the Book

NinoKQED Radio Discussion on Diversity in Children’s Books: Did you hear the KQED Radio program on Mon., March 24th regarding People of Color Underrepresented in Children’s Books? Guests included Nina Lindsay of Oakland Public Library, K.T. Horning from CCBC, and three children’s book authors. Check out this link, which features a list of books mentioned on the program: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201403241000; as well as  a link to the audio-recording in case you missed it.

Author Tim Kehoe Dies: Timothy Kehoe died unexpectedly at age 43 on Feb. 27, 2014. Unusual MindHe was the author of The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow (Little Brown, 2009) and the sequel The Top Secret Toys (2012). www.slj.com/2014/03/obituary/childrens-book-author-and-toymaker-tim-kehoe-dies-at-43/#_ .

Book Club in a Box: The California Center for the Book’s “Book Club in a Box” program includes everything you need to present and publicize a themed, multi-week book discussion group in your library. The Center loans you 10-15 copies of the books and also supplies discussion questions, critical essays, bookmarks, flyers, posters, and, in some cases, videotapes and DVDs. The program is FREE and the Center pays for the shipping of the materials to and from your library. You may keep the supplementary materials including the videotapes and DVDs.

Two of our book clubs are intended for younger readers and sets of these are available as well — they’re a great way to entertain kids who might be using the library after school and who need to be engaged in structured reading and discussion. COMIX.@$#! introduces teens to the wonderful world of comics and graphic novels, explores graphic novels as literary and visual works of art, and brings together teens with other teens to discuss and read 10 unique selections. For information go to http://calbook.org/bcb/comix.html.

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: YOUNG PEOPLE AND WAR helps readers to explore the theme of youth who are affected by war. The program has two levels – one that is intended for high school level and adult readers and another level for less proficient readers. For information go to http://calbook.org/bcb/crossfire.html. If you are interested in reserving a set of any of our clubs, please contact me at programs@calbook.org. The application process is brief and simple — a book club can be shipped to you as early as next week! David Gernand California Center for the Book, www.calbook.org

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