April 30, 2014
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS CAMPAIGN

weneeddiversebooks:

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Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care about diversity, there is still a disconnect. BEA’s Bookcon recently announced an all-white-male panel of “luminaries of children’s literature,” and when we pointed out the lack of diversity, nothing changed.

Now is the time to raise our voices into a roar that can’t be ignored. Here’s how:

On May 1st at 1pm (EST), there will be a public call for action that will spread over 3 days. We’re starting with a visual social media campaign using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We want people to tweet, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, blog, and post anywhere they can to help make the hashtag go viral.

For the visual part of the campaign: 

  • Take a photo holding a sign that says “We need diverse books because ___________________________.” Fill in the blank with an important, poignant, funny, and/or personal reason why this campaign is important to you. 
  • The photo can be of you or a friend or anyone who wants to support diversity in kids’ lit. It can be a photo of the sign without you if you would prefer not to be in a picture. Be as creative as you want! Pose the sign with your favorite stuffed animal or at your favorite library. Get a bunch of friends to hold a bunch of signs. 
  • However you want to do it, we want to share it! There will be a Tumblr at http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/ that will host all of the photos and messages for the campaign. Please submit your visual component by May 1st to weneeddiversebooks@yahoo.com with the subject line “photo” or submit it right on our Tumblr page here and it will be posted throughout the first day. 
  • Starting at 1:00PM (EST) the Tumblr will start posting and it will be your job to reblog, tweet, Facebook, or share wherever you think will help get the word out. 
  • The intent is that from 1pm EST to 3pm EST, there will be a nonstop hashtag party to spread the word. We hope that we’ll get enough people to participate to make the hashtag trend and grab the notice of more media outlets.
  • The Tumblr will continue to be active throughout the length of the campaign, and for however long we need to keep this discussion going, so we welcome everyone to keep emailing or sending in submissions even after May 1st.

On May 2nd, the second part of our campaign will roll out with a Twitter chat scheduled for 2pm (EST) using the same hashtag. Please use #WeNeedDiverseBooks at 2pm on May 2nd and share your thoughts on the issues with diversity in literature and why diversity matters to you.

On May 3rd, 2pm (EST), the third portion of our campaign will begin. There will be a Diversify Your Shelves initiative to encourage people to put their money where their mouth is and buy diverse books and take photos of them. Diversify Your Shelves is all about actively seeking out diverse literature in bookstores and libraries, and there will be some fantastic giveaways for people who participate in the campaign! More details to come!

We hope that you will take part in this in any way you can. We need to spread the word far and wide so that it will trend on Twitter. So that media outlets will pick it up as a news item. So that the organizers of BEA and every big conference and festival out there gets the message that diversity is important to everyone. We hope you will help us by being a part of this movement.

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Filed under: important books 
April 7, 2014
kendra-scott:

Kendra’s gorgeous home office!

kendra-scott:

Kendra’s gorgeous home office!

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March 16, 2014

mcgregorswench:

you forgot the best set….

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February 24, 2014

kateordie:

Oh god I feel this so hard

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February 16, 2014

booklust:

 

February 16, 2014

Thank God for Olympic cross-country skiing, or else I would never have read these 85 pages of Arabian Nights, which I have been putting off since I put the bookmark in on November 12.

Page 832/960. SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR.

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Filed under: arabian nights books 
February 16, 2014
quotesfromfiction:

"Coffee is the perfume of morning." - Sookie Stackhouse

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

quotesfromfiction:

"Coffee is the perfume of morning." - Sookie Stackhouse

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

February 16, 2014
quotesfromfiction:

"Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in out world. Life seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge. They want us to give them life." - Narrator

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

quotesfromfiction:

"Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in out world. Life seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge. They want us to give them life." - Narrator

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

February 1, 2014

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Filed under: accurate books 
January 26, 2014
volchitza:

the days that bind us | a the secret history fanmix by volchitza. listen / download

i. bad blood (piano version) - bastille  ii. youth - daughter  iii. me and the devil - gil scott-heron  iv. these waters - ben howard  v. angels forever - lana del rey  vi. the wolf song - emiliana torrini  vii. we don’t eat - james vincent mcmorrow  viii. buy the stars - marina and the diamonds  ix. gone i’m gone - anaïs mitchell  x. no light, no light (unplugged version) - florence and the machine  xi. if i had a heart - fever ray  xii. poet - bastille

volchitza:

the days that bind us | a the secret history fanmix by volchitza. listen / download

i. bad blood (piano version) - bastille  ii. youth - daughter  iii. me and the devil - gil scott-heron  iv. these waters - ben howard  v. angels forever - lana del rey  vi. the wolf song - emiliana torrini  vii. we don’t eat - james vincent mcmorrow  viii. buy the stars - marina and the diamonds  ix. gone i’m gone - anaïs mitchell  x. no light, no light (unplugged version) - florence and the machine  xi. if i had a heart - fever ray  xii. poet - bastille

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January 23, 2014
carryonanddontblink:

buffywouldntdothat:

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goodnightandjoybewithuall:

me as a teacher

Me talking to the director who made a movie about the book

me being a good friend 

There are three types of people.

carryonanddontblink:

buffywouldntdothat:

avatar-14:

goodnightandjoybewithuall:

me as a teacher

Me talking to the director who made a movie about the book

me being a good friend 

There are three types of people.

(Source: bookjunkie26, via rinnotsosecretlyinlovewithharu)

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January 18, 2014

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Filed under: books cats adorable 
January 12, 2014
penamerican:

Sneak peek of Susan Bernofsky’s upcoming translation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis!

penamerican:

Sneak peek of Susan Bernofsky’s upcoming translation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis!

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January 6, 2014
"There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?"

— Marina Tsvetaeva, Pushkin and Pugachev (1937)  (via bookporn, bookpornographist) (via mybooktree) (via teacoffeebooks) (via bookinmybag) (via written-permission) (via okuma-gunlugum) (via booklover)

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Filed under: quotes books 
January 6, 2014
teachingliteracy:

myidealhome:
cozy personal library (via Interior inspirations)

teachingliteracy:

myidealhome:

cozy personal library (via Interior inspirations)

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Filed under: books cozy 
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