FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Worcester Needs Diverse Books–Authors, illustrators, and editors are making children’s and YA literature more welcoming to all.
Visit ABSW for an afternoon of readings, discussion, and Q&A about diversity for our students.
Worcester, MA, June 22 – On Saturday, July 25, authors, editors, and illustrators of diverse children’s and YA literature are spending an afternoon, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, sharing their work and talking about the importance of diversity in literature. More than ever, there is a demand for more books that reflect the diverse collection of children and teenagers in our schools. Not only do students want to see and “meet” characters like themselves, but making sure all students see diversity is critical to our children’s and teens’ empathy development. There are books out there, but are they getting into our kids’ hands?
Come and find some beautiful new books to introduce children and teens of all ages to—and meet the diverse folks who create the words, draw the pictures, and develop these books. Learn how all of us can make steps to promoting a more diverse, equal, and empathetic world for our children and teens!
The afternoon will begin at 2:00 PM with a panel discussing the importance of diversity and ways we can make diverse books more available to the children and teens who want them. Then, at 3:00 PM, the authors and artists will share their specific works. The afternoon will close out with a Q & A session with all the authors, artists, and editors.
The guest list includes:
Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung are a tag-team writing duo from Canada. They recently released their debut middle grade super-villain-themed novel Little Miss Evil, and are proud members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. kristyandbryce.com
Nicole Tadgell is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty picture books, including With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School and Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. nicoletadgell.blogspot.com
Cindy Rodriguez was a newspaper reporter for the Hartford Courant and a researcher for the Boston Globe before becoming a public school teacher. She is now a middle school reading specialist. She lives in Plainville, Connecticut with her daughter and rescue mutt. When Reason Breaks is her debut novel. cindyrodriguez.com
Terry Farish is the author The Good Braider, an ALA Best Book for young adults, a novel that follows a young girl’s escape from war-torn Sudan to Cairo to New England. Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a Cambodian American story, will be released in October. terryfarish.com
Rhea Ewing is an artist and illustrator who has been making LGBT+ comics for over 10 years. Rhea works in both fiction and nonfiction on a variety of stories, including the science fiction comic “Bioluminescent Lisp” and the nonfiction graphic novel “FINE: a comic about gender”. rheaewing.com
Kimberly Long-Ewing is the author of the graphic novel series “Bioluminescent Lisp.” Zir short stories have appeared in Crossed Genres and New Myths, as well as in a variety of anthologies. Zir first novel, Curse of the Goblin Travelers, will be released by Spencer Hill Press in 2016. kim.mysticsheepstudios.com
T.J. Wooldridge is the child-friendly persona of Trisha J. Wooldridge, former president of Broad Universe. Her novels include The Kelpie, Silent Starsong, and The Earl’s Childe. She’s also a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Middle Grade. www.anovelfriend.com
Jennifer Carson is the author of Hapenny Magick, Tangled Magick, and multiple non-fiction articles. Her first book, To Find a Wonder, and Hapenny Magick have both been produced into musical theatre. She is also the managing editor for Spencer Hill Middle Grade. www.thedragoncharmer.com
Join us for an afternoon celebrating diversity for children and teens on Saturday, July 25, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Contact: Patty Cryan