Welcome to the March issue of the Teen Librarian Newsletter!
February has been a busy month for me - I launched my twice monthly Monday evening Stories from Around the World for children, tweens & teens, starting with Folktales from Southern Africa and Tales of Anansi and other Tricksters. So far they have been well-received, in March I will be reading tales from the Arabian nights.
For those of you with an interest in British, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Authors in the UK, I have finally reorganised my BAME lists and broken them down into Teen/YA, Middle Grade, Children's, Poetry and Picture Book authors & illustrators. These can be found on the blog here: http://teenlibrarian.co.uk/british-bame-authors-illustrators-publishers/
This month I took the momentous (for me) decision to cancel my CILIP membership in protest of their uncritical stance on Dominic Cummings and a number of other missteps. You can read about my reasons in 16 Years a CILIP Member, also on the blog. It was not a decision I made lightly as it effectively ended my chartership journey, but for me it was the only decision I could make.
My leaving CILIP will have no impact of the blog or newsletter, I will still share news and events from relevant special interest groups (mainly the Youth & School Libraries Groups) and the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals. I still believe in the work done by these and other groups, my main unhappiness is with the parent organisation.
Heading into the newsletter, I wanted to start with the British Library's latest online resource - Discovering Children's Books. There are hundreds of links for those interested in the history of children's books as well as resources to allow teachers and librarians to run creative activities. One of my favourite articles on the site is about Reflecting on Black Presence in Children's Books by Farrah Serroukh & Karen Sands O'Connor. Professor Sands-O'Connor is also one of the co-authors along with Darren Chetty of Beyond the Secret Garden - a series of articles on how BAME voices are represented in children's literature.
If you are in the UK then you need to book time on the 5th March for the first episode of the BBC adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts + Crosses - I am so excited about this and will be on tenterhooks until I discover when it is being shown in the US!
Sticking with TV for a moment I was excited to discover that there is a TV adaptation of Love, Simon (called Love, Victor) the movie based on Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda coming out this summer. My excitement was tempered by the news that Disney had decided that it did not fit in with the 'family-friendly' tone of their Disney+ streaming channel.
Moving away from a reason not to trust near-omnipotent mega-corporations I also wanted to flag up the news that the Smithsonian has made millions of their images freely available to use and remix.
The Carnegie Trust has released a report on the value of Hackathons in Public Libraries which I highly recommend as it makes for interesting reading.
With the Coronavirus spreading around the world and there being a lack of information specifically about the CORVID-19 virus I have put together several links to reliable, accurate and up-to-date downloadable information that can be used for information displays in libraries.
Lastly, Mat Tobin, Lecturer in Primary English & Children's Literature at the Oxford Brookes University has organised a Children's Literature Conference on the 9th March that looks like it will be amazing!