Walter Grand Winners Announced! Congratulations to the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipients, who were each awarded $2,000 to support their writing to illustrating career goals: Naadeyah Haseeb, Jami Nakamura Lin, Yamile Saied Mendez, Shveta Thakrar, and Angela Thomas.
Scholastic and WNDB have partnered to offer over 75 diversity-themed books in Scholastic’s Reading Clubflyers, including award-winners, classics, and new releases. The flyer highlights themes of race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, religions, LGBTQ+ stories, disability, and more.
For more information, click here to read a Q&A with WNDB member and author Dhonielle Clayton about the partnership.
Attending this year’s NCTE? Check out the Austistic Heroes of Kidlit panel with authors Corinne Duyvis, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and Anne Ursu. Corinne and Lyn will also be at NCTE’s WNDB panel on November 21st at 4:15 pm.
Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson, 2015 recipient of the Langston Hughes Medal! Jacqueline will be honored in a ceremony on November 20th at the City College of New York. She will also be taking part in a Q&A session, as well as a symposium, before the awards ceremony. All events are free, but require an online RSVP. Please click here to learn more or to sign up for the event.
Curious about what it’s like to be a WNDB publishing intern? Visit our official Tumblr, where interns are posting their thoughts and experiences. Feather Flores reflects on her time at HarperCollins here.
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