Modern First Library: Reclaiming Our Children’s Heritage by David Bowles

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hearing from different community voices about what a Modern First Library means to them! Below, author David Bowles talks about . Explore more from the series here. As a Mexican American kid in South Texas during the 1970s, I found I loved to read, though I had no idea what … Continue reading Modern First Library: Reclaiming Our Children’s Heritage by David Bowles

Modern First Library: Sophie’s Library by Faith Weaver

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hearing from different community voices about what a Modern First Library means to them! Today, Faith Weaver of the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center tells us about her niece (and passionate reader) Sophie. Explore more from the series here. My niece Sophie reads really well. We … Continue reading Modern First Library: Sophie’s Library by Faith Weaver

Modern First Library: Books for Current and Future Queens by Honey St. Claire

Over the next few months, we’ll be hearing from different community voices about what a Modern First Library means to them! Below, Austin drag queen and storyteller Honey St. Claire shares her story. Read more from the series here. I’m Honey St. Claire, Austin’s most prominent gluten-free drag queen. During my time as a performer … Continue reading Modern First Library: Books for Current and Future Queens by Honey St. Claire

Chris Barton talks with Ellen Oh and Kelly J. Baptist

This month, local author Chris Barton is giving away a hardcover and audiobook version of Flying Lessons & Other Stories, a wonderful middle-grade anthology published by Crown Books for Young Readers in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. The book includes writing from beloved authors like Kwame Alexander, Grace Lin, and Jacqueline Woodson. Barton allowed us … Continue reading Chris Barton talks with Ellen Oh and Kelly J. Baptist

New Children’s Books Tackle Race and History with Candor and Grace

­­ ~post by Children's Book Buyer Meghan G. Talking about our country's fraught relationship with race is never easy. Many of us struggle as parents and educators to know how exactly to talk about America's experiences with race and racial prejudice (past and present) with young kids. As "Black Lives Matter" is at the forefront of dialogue in … Continue reading New Children’s Books Tackle Race and History with Candor and Grace

Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!

When most people think of poetry for kids, Shel Silverstein often comes to mind, and rightly so since his poems are a silly and delightful right-of-passage for any child. April, being National Poetry Month, offers the perfect time to take a look at the variety and scope of poetry for children beyond the Silverstein collections. … Continue reading Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!