[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0525555366″ locale=”US” src=”http://englewoodreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/51YjlK890rL-1.jpg” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”165″]Today is the release day for John Green’s new novel…
After Matt de la Peña received the Newbery Medal this week for his book Last Stop on Market Street, I was reminded of his work in promoting diversity in publishing.
De la Peña is on the advisory committee for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit “dedicated to highlighting the best of diverse literature for children and teens and to heightening awareness through continued education.”
Here at the ERB, we value the practice of reading diversely and strive to recommend books that are written by diverse authors and that promote understanding of the experiences of diverse people.
Ever since the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement began, the group has had overwhelming support and positive reception. Once we started our initial campaign in late April and early May, right away we had people asking how they could help and offering to volunteer time, resources, and more. It’s been incredibly heartening. WNDB is currently working hard on a volunteer program for all interested parties. In the meantime, here are a few ways that everyone can help promote diversity in children’s literature! Continue Reading…
*** If you are new to John Green’s work, there is a [easyazon_link asin=”B006G5SFA0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]FREE Kindle sampler of his novels[/easyazon_link]!
[easyazon_link asin=”B005ZOBNOI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Fault in Our Stars[/easyazon_link] By John Green $4.99
[easyazon_link asin=”B000YI1K0C” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Looking for Alaska: A Novel[/easyazon_link] By John Green $4.99
This is fabulous! Novelist John Green gives the commencement address at Butler University, May 11, 2013.
John starts his speech at 3:15.
Lovely tip o’ the hat to Fred Rogers.
“We are taught that the hero’s journey is the journey from weakness to strength, but I’m here today to tell you that that story is wrong. The real hero’s journey is from strength to weakness.” (start at 8:00 for context)
“You are probably going to be a nobody for awhile” (11:45)
“In learning how to be a nobody, you will learn how NOT to be a jerk”. (11:55)
*** [easyazon-link keywords=”John Green” locale=”us”]Books by John Green[/easyazon-link]
“Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words, in choosing among our thoughts, in having order and arrangement in what we say, and in speaking with composure.” – Theologian François Fénelon, who died on this day in 1715 [ Our recent review of Francois Fenelon: A Biography ]
“A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.” Author Zora Neale Hurston, born on this day 1891| *** [easyazon-link keywords=”zora neale hurston” locale=”us”]Books by Zora Neale Hurston[/easyazon-link]
“The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he’s in business.” – Poet, John Berryman, who died on this day in 1972. *** [easyazon-link keywords=”John Berryman” locale=”us”]Books by John Berryman[/easyazon-link]
“God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.” – Evelyn Underhill, born on this day 1875. *** [easyazon-link keywords=”Evelyn Underhill” locale=”us”]Books by Evelyn Underhill[/easyazon-link]