[kids-lib] New Books at State Lib => Racism in Kid Lit, Coretta Scott King Awards, & Banned Books Week

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Thu Sep 12 16:55:03 PDT 2019


These new books are available for interlibrary loan from the State Library of Oregon. They are part of the Library and Information Science Collection<https://www.oregon.gov/Library/libraries/Pages/LIS-Collection.aspx>, which is supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act. Please see the end of this email for information on borrowing materials.

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Was the Cat in the Hat Black? The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books by Philip Nel (2017)

Publisher’s Description<https://global.oup.com/academic/product/was-the-cat-in-the-hat-black-9780190635077?cc=us&lang=en&>: Racism is resilient, duplicitous, and endlessly adaptable, so it is no surprise that America is again in a period of civil rights activism. A significant reason racism endures is because it is structural: it's embedded in culture and in institutions. One of the places that racism hides-and thus perhaps the best place to oppose it-is books for young people. Was the Cat in the Hat Black? presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children's literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. The book fearlessly examines topics both vivid-such as The Cat in the Hat's roots in blackface minstrelsy-and…

Here’s an article from The Washington Post article<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/11/just-how-racist-is-childrens-literature-the-author-of-was-the-cat-in-the-hat-black-explains/> about the book that includes a Q&A with the author.

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The Coretta Scott King Awards: 50th Anniversary by McCollough and Phelps, eds. (2019)

Publisher’s Description<https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/coretta-scott-king-awards-50th-anniversary>: Marking the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards, this invaluable guide celebrates the legacy of these prestigious honors, which have enlarged the prominence of literature for children and youth about the Black experience. Spotlighting the work of the author and illustrator winners and honorees since the awards’ inception, this unique resource is an excellent tool for collection development, readers' advisory, and classroom use. More than just a bibliography, this book includes…

This American Libraries article<https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2019/06/03/50-years-of-csk-book-awards/> celebrates the 50th anniversary of the award and presents interviews from some award recipients and committee members.

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Field Report 2018: Banned & Challenged Books by American Library Association (2019)

Publisher’s Description<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/shop>: Censorship leaves us in the dark, but awareness about the freedom to read keeps the light on. With more than 90 descriptions of recent censorship attempts around the country, the Field Report is a perfect handout for those interested in learning about challenged books, censorship trends, and how to defend the freedom to read. Compiled by speaker, author and former Office for Intellectual Freedom director James LaRue, the Field Report reviews public challenges to books, films, programs, meeting rooms, displays, and online resources. The report also includes 12 ways readers can shine a light on censorship, as well as information on the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018…

Banned Books Week<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks> is September 22-28, and the theme is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark; Leave the Light On.”

If you would like to request this or other materials<https://ccrls.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/oslpublic/> from the State Library, please use your library's established interlibrary loan process (e.g. OCLC or ALA request form). If you do not have access to ILL or are not currently affiliated with a library, please contact me to discuss alternative options for borrowing the material.

We welcome purchase suggestions. The Library and Information Science Collection is meant to support the whole Oregon library community.


Jen Maurer, MLS
School Library Consultant
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