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Book grant program helps Mississippi libraries combat racism

Nov. 28, 2021 08:22 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years ago, a group of Black students was arrested and jailed for peacefully studying at the white-only Jackson Municipal Public Library. Today, shelves in public libraries in the Jackson-Hinds Library System display books called “We Are Not...

Prize-winning 1619 Project now coming out in book form

Nov. 13, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Thais Perkins is the owner of Reverie Books in Austin, Texas, and the parent of a middle school student and high school student. Among the books she is eager to have in her store, and in the schools, is an expanded edition of “The 1619 Project" that comes out this week. ...

Take advantage of the pandemic book bump with a holiday gift

Nov. 09, 2021 08:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In this world, there's a book for everybody. Take advantage of that sentiment during the holiday shopping season. Book sales have thrived during the pandemic after initial concerns that it might hurt the publishing business. Come the holidays, some new...

Jerry Pinkney, award-winning illustrator, dies at 81

Oct. 21, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Pinkney, a prize-winning children's book illustrator known for his richly textured images of Black life, fables and fairy tales in works ranging from “The Lion and the Mouse” to “The Sunday Outing,” has died. Little, Brown Books for Young...

Gary Paulsen, celebrated children's author, dies at 82

Oct. 14, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Paulsen, the acclaimed and prolific children's author who often drew upon his rural affinities and wide-ranging adventures for tales that included “Hatchet,” “Brian's Winter” and “Dogsong,” has died at age 82. Random House Children's...

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Oct. 07, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

1. “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) 2. “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doer (Scribner) 3. “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa (Simon & Schuster) 4. “Apples Never Fall” by Liane...

Bear and Hare: Seth Meyers picture book is an animal tale

Oct. 04, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Meyers has dreams beyond hosting his own talk show. “I’ve long wanted to write a story about a bear and am grateful that Penguin gave me the opportunity," Meyers said in a statement Monday issued by the Penguin Random House imprint Flamingo...

Wyoming librarians under fire for books about sex, LGBTQ

Oct. 01, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Books about sex, LGBTQ issues and how to have a baby have public library employees in a deeply conservative Wyoming city facing possible prosecution after angry local residents complained to police that the material is obscene and doesn't belong in sections for...

Hungarian LGBT activist among Time's 100 most influential

Oct. 01, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — An academic and LGBT activist in Hungary is among the word's 100 most influential people, according to Time magazine, for her work on a children's book that set in motion a debate over human rights in the Central European country. “It’s an...

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Sep. 30, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

1. “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa (Simon & Schuster) 2. “Change Songs: A Children's Anthem” by Amanda Gorman (Viking Books for Young Readers ) 3. “Vanderbilt” by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe (Harper) ...