We did it!  We flew from NYC to Orlando for a whirlwind one-day experience at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English.  Thanks to all who attended our panel, and thanks to my fellow panelists (Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Neesha Meminger, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and Debby Dahl Edwardson) for making the trip worthwhile!

One interesting question we got from the audience: how does coming from Canada influence your writing about diversity?  This was directed at me and Neesha since we both grew up in Toronto…when I get back from Toronto at the end of this week, I’ll write a longer post with the answer…

For those who attended the panel, here’s a list of links that came up during the Q&A:

Something Like an Open Letter to the Children’s Publishing Industry

2010 MG/YA Novels by Black Authors in the US

My stats for the Canadian children’s publishing industry

You can also download Gbemi’s handouts on reading & writing faith, spirituality, and social action with children and teens by visiting her website; the downloads are listed under the heading “News.”


~ by elliottzetta on November 23, 2010.

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