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The African American Children's Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country. It features nationally known bestselling authors and illustrators, many of whom have won some of the most prestigious literary awards including the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award. These authors and illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation.
Parents, caregivers and educators are very supportive of the African American Children's Book Fair because they understand that children who read outside of their normal school course work tend to make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles.
The fun-filled afternoon is packed with activities that promote the POWER and JOY OF READING. Authors and illustrators will make presentations and sign their books. The Literary Row will distribute book-related promotional materials free of charge. Our Educator's Book Giveaway will also distribute brand new books to teachers and librarians for use in their schools. In addition there will be a wide selection of affordable literature available to purchase.
The African American Children's Book Fair is a part of the African American Children's Book Project's initiative to promote and preserve multicultural children's literature.
The organization is leading a campaign entitled PRESERVE A LEGACY, BUY A BOOK. Its goal is to put books back into children's homes. You can't tell a child to read at home if there are no books.
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THE HARLEM BOOK FAIR 2016
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Finding Books That Look Like Me:
Creating Diversity on the Bookshelf
Saturday, July 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Harlem Hospital Atrium, West 136th Street
@ Lenox Avenue
Presenter: Elizabeth Nunez, HBF Host Author
Moderator: Sandra Michele Echols, President, NYBLC
Panelists: Stacy Whitman (Publisher, Tu Books); Javaka Steptoe (Radiant Child: The Story of a Young Jean-Michel Basquiat); Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, (The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges); Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati (Founder, The African American Children's Book Project)
In 2013, out of 3,200 children's books published, there were only 93 about African American people. This led to a New York Times piece that asked the question, "Where Are the People of Color in Children's books?" In June of 2013, multicultural publisher Lee and Low Books put together a graphic illustrating that although 37% of the population of the United States are people of color, only 10% of children's books published contained multicultural content. This gap has remained steady from 1994-2013. This panel of authors, publishers, librarians and advocates share how they sell, purchase and market diverse books. Learn how these books are positioned, how readers can promote change, and how publishers can support efforts at the point of sale. This panel is presented by the New York Black Librarian Caucus of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
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