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All are invited to the Walter Awards March 18 at 10 a.m. the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building Room 119

Friday, March 18, 10am, The Library of Congress, Room 119 The award is the first named for Walter Dean Myers and funded by a grant from his estate to We Need Diverse Books to recognize books that best exemplify Walter's commitment to providing children with powerful mirrors and windows. This year's recipient is Jason Reynolds, author of When I was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit and co-author of All American Boys.

the University of Maryland is Offering Short Courses for CEU's or just for the pleasure of expanding your knowledge of children's literature and literacy.

An Offering from the University of Maryland for Continuing Education Credits or for anyone interested in Diversity in Children’s Literature A six-week, fully online short course that explores diversity issues in children’s literature (birth to age 14), including definition, characteristics, and examples. Discussions topics will include identification and evaluation, building diverse collections, diversity clusters, promotion, and others. Don’t miss out on this experience!

WONDER

Wonder
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Palacio
Author's First Name: 
R.J.
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Date: 
2012

Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.

HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shulevitz
Author's First Name: 
Uri
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2008

One memorable day, after the author's family fled from Moscow to Kazakhstan, his father brought home a map instead of food.  This vibrant autogiographical picture book shows how that impractical act fed another kind of hunger.

SILENT MUSIC: A STORY OF BAGHDAD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rumford
Author's First Name: 
James
Publisher: 
Neal Porter
Publication Date: 
2008

Ali, a contemporary boy in Baghdad, loves calligraphy and, just as his hero, Yakut, did in the 13th century, finds creating beauty to be a refuge from the trials of war.  Stylized collage illustrations evoke the elegance of Arabic art.

THE ARRIVAL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tan
Author's First Name: 
Shaun
Publisher: 
Arthur A. Levine
Publication Date: 
2007

This wordless graphic novel hauntingly portrays the universality of the immigrant experience as an unnamed man journeys to an unknown land.  Surreal sepia-toned images full of imagination and mystery form a visual tone poem inviting multiple interpretations.

PEAK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Smith
Author's First Name: 
Roland
Publisher: 
Harcourt
Publication Date: 
2007

Caught in the act of scaling a skyscraper, 14-year-old Peak goes to Thailand with his mountain-climbing father, a man determined to lead the youngest-ever climber to the top of Mount Everest.  Nail-biting suspense and terrific climbing details abound.

THE WALL: GROWING UP BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sís
Author's First Name: 
Peter
Publisher: 
Frances Foster
Publication Date: 
2007

A highly visual memoir describes growing up in Czechoslovakia in the Iron Curtain years.  Sís loved to draw, admired things western, and learned very early that his country hid information, before he finally defected to the West.

 

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Selznick
Author's First Name: 
Brian
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2007

Alternating sections of words and bold pictures show how orphaned Hugo, hidden above a Paris train station in 1931, discovers the secret of a broken automaton and its surprising connection to the history of early movies.

BLACK AND WHITE AIRMEN: THEIR TRUE HISTORY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Fleischman
Author's First Name: 
John
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2007

Two men, one black and one white, grew up in the same neighborhood and had parallel military careers but never met until they were in their seventies. This true story illuminates both World War II and the nature of race in America.

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