In celebration of International Children's Book Day, here are five books that educate young readers about diversity in their community as well as ways to create their own voice whenever possible.
This past Thursday, beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary died, as told in a press statement from Harper Collins. She passed away peacefully in her home in Carmel, California, where she had been living for over sixty years. No cause of death was given. She was 104.
Authors across the world mourn her death, including decorated writer Judy Blume, who writes on Twitter,
“Beverly Cleary! My inspiration. I wanted to write books like yours. I so regret never having met you. You will not be forgotten.”
Cleary was well loved for her series Beezus and Ramona, a set of eight novels following two sisters. Ramona and Her Father went on to win a Newbury Award in 1978, followed by another for Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in 1982. Overall, her books have won over thirty awards. In 2000, the Library of Congress named her a “living legend.”
When interviewed by TODAY on what she was most proud of, she said “the fact that children love my books.”
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While many of us feel as though life is at standstill during this pandemic, some people are making gardens bloom from upended soil. This includes Aiden M. Taylor, an eleven-year-old boy from New York City who has used this time to write a novel and uplift other children' spirits. His illustrated children's book, Me and My Afro, is for all the children out there right now who may be struggling mentally and emotionally during this trying time.
These following quotes by Neil Gaiman for both children and adults--his own advice, as well as phrases found within his numerous works of magic and lore--express the very wonder and fulfillment that fantasy and fairytale has to teach us. We're celebrating Neil Gaiman's sixtieth birthday today with a batch of his best quotes and phrases.
Zoe Howlett is inspiring children around St. Louis, Missouri to read for twenty minutes per day.