We Need Diverse Books is raising money for LGBTQIA+ book donations, President Biden denounces book banners, May 6 is Floyd Cooper Day, and more in this edition of News Bites.
We Need Diverse Books is raising money for book donations, President Biden denounces book banners, May 6 is Floyd Cooper Day, and more in this edition of News Bites.
WNDB’s LGBTQIA+ Book Care Packages
We Need Diverse Books and the Kid-Enlightened Community are teaming up to launch a book care package campaign to “share the love and affirmation” with LGBTQIA+ children and their families. Each package will include a copy of an LGBTQIA+ character-centric book and special additional items such as temporary tattoos and bookmarks. WNDB team organizes titles sent to Texas, Florida and other places where lawmakers are trying to pass anti-LGBTQIA+ laws and remove books by and about the LGBTQIA+ community from schools and public libraries . WNDB works with existing organizations that serve the community to deliver the packages.
“We hope these affirming and positive books will help children feel the love and respect they deserve,” says the WNDB website announcing the project.
Funding permitting, the program will also host a giveaway of LGBTQIA+ books to teachers and librarians and coordinate virtual author tours with LGBTQIA+-informed children’s authors.
Prior to this campaign, the WNDB created the Educators Making a Difference Grants to support educators who have a variety of books by diverse authors in their schools and libraries. After receiving nearly 600 applications, the organization chose 35 winners who will each receive $2,000 for their establishment.
WNDB has also expanded its Emergency grants to include various teachers, librarians and educators in need. These grants provide up to $1,000 to recipients experiencing financial hardship due to medical expenses, natural disasters, COVID-19, job loss, etc.
K-12 Antisemitic Incidents Rise in 2021
Antisemitic incidents in K-12 schools in the United States increased by 106% in 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Audit of antisemitic incidents. Overall, the number of incidents reached an all-time high, with a total of 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism, which averages more than seven incidents per day and is the highest number incidents recorded since ADL began tracking in 1979.
In 2021, ADL tracked 331 incidents at non-Jewish K-12 schools (up 106% from 161 in 2020) and 155 incidents at colleges and universities (up 21% from 128 in 2020). Despite the increases, numbers in K-12 and at colleges and universities remained flat compared to the five-year average.
ADL CEO and Country Director Jonathan Greenblatt noted the link between words and actions when he tweeted, “#Antisemitic incidents, which are high in the US, all start with words . #Antisemitic rhetoric, wherever it comes from, is manifested in violence.
President Biden talks about the book ban
In his address at the national and state Teacher of the Year event, President Joe Biden told educators in attendance, “We should stand up for you. We should have your back. Teaching is one of the hardest jobs in this country to be able to do well, and one of the most important.
“Today there are too many politicians trying to score political points, trying to ban books – even math books. I mean, have you ever thought – even you young teachers – have Have you ever thought, when you were teaching, that you would be worried about burning books and banning books, all because it didn’t fit someone’s political agenda?
“American teachers have dedicated their lives to teaching our children and raising them. We need to stop making them the target of culture wars.
Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Children’s Literature, hits the road
In his third year as National Ambassador for Children’s Literature, Jason Reynolds will take his first step in person, continues his “WAIT FOR THE MIC: Tell your story” to visit. In an effort to empower students in rural and underserved communities, he will travel to Montana and visit schools that have never hosted an author visit.
“I can’t wait for Montana — to finally look at the faces of some of the young people I’ve served, to swap stories and make connections,” Reynolds said in an announcement. “As I said at the beginning of my term, this nomination is not an obligation, but an opportunity to shine a light on the collective stories of young America, while encouraging them to hold these stories and shape them in whatever they want them to do.” be.”
This year, Reynolds will also partner with digital publisher and education platform Short edition to bring their innovative new devices to participating schools. Schools participating in the Spring Tour will receive a Short Story Cube, a self-contained device that allows students to create, edit and print their own stories.
Schools interested in being considered for Reynolds’ “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” Fall 2022 Tour can submit a proposal until May 20.
May 6 is Floyd Cooper Day!
As part of the celebration, KidLit TV produced videos by Crystal Allen, Tameka Fryer Brown, Judy Allen Dodson, Patti Gauch, Nikki Grimes, Leah Henderson, Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson, Sharon Langley, Torrey Maldonado, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Charles Smith and Don Tate reading their favorite Floyd Books from cooper.
Videos can be shown in classrooms, libraries and bookstores.