Claiming Face with Dick and Jane

Write Now! Make Books Installment 3 and 4

when i look back at the books of my childhood, in my imagination, i see myself looking back. my strong proud forehead alive with thought. my clear eyes open wide to see. i am here! this is my face. i am hear! this is my face. this is where my story …

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NEEDED TODAY: 94% Increase in Latino Children’s Books

How Do We INTERRUPT SILENCE like that?

I estimate that if Latino and African American communities were to create an equitable number of children’s books as Euro Americans, Latinos must create another 890 books and African Americans must create another 600 books—per year. That’s a 94% increase for Latinos and 88% increase for African Americans. ALL communities …

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The Simultaneous Release of Whaleheart and WRITE NOW! MAKE BOOKS

I am pleased to officially introduce WHALEHEART, the first anthology in The Heart of It Collection, and Reflection Press’ first full color children’s book! Whaleheart grew out of my desire to begin creating change right now. After nearly 20 years of sharing the CCBC’s annual diversity statistics of who does …

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MOVING BEYOND INVISIBILITY AND SILENCE

LGBT CHILDREN’S LITERATURE and Communities of Color--A CALL TO ACTION!

AS A PEOPLE, WE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF LGBT CHILDREN’S BOOKS, ESPECIALLY FROM COMMUNITIES OF COLOR!!! I want to begin by shouting that out BIG AND BOLD! #LGBTkidlit #LGBTofcolorkidlit #LGBTlatinokidlit #LGBTQIkidlit #LGBTfamiliesofcolor I knew what I would find when I began researching LGBTQI children’s literature to include in my …

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The Underlying Image

Claiming Face blog series with Maya Gonzalez - Part 5

All art is self-portraiture. It is unavoidable. Through my Polka Dot Theory, we can come to see that something as simple as a polka dot expresses something, however minute, about ourselves. My polka dot is different than your polka dot. Each dot potentially expresses everything from what kind of mood …

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gender free multicultural children’s book!

call me tree!!! (a note to my readers)

You may or may not notice something different about my new book, Call Me Tree. Nowhere in the story are boy/girl pronouns used. No ‘he’ or ‘she’ anywhere! I found it easy to write this way because that’s how I think of kids, as kids, not boy kids or girl …

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the joy continues

interview with up and coming local authorartist robert trujillo

      i spent a beautiful morning in oakland talking with an authorartist i’ve had my eye on for a long time. i hope one day to work together on a project! here is a nibble of his work. i loved many things that robert had to say, but what i’m …

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i love my job

(metaphorically) dancing naked with kwame alexander

i just got done interviewing kwame alexander for my heart of it/creating children’s books that matter. i CANNOT adequately express how much i love my job! one of many beautiful take aways was what kwame called ‘dancing naked on the floor.’ it is the title of one of his poems …

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