Panel discussion with Sharon Draper: Diversity in Children's Books

Parnassus Books, in partnership with the Nashville Public Library, is honored to host a roundtable discussion of diversity in children's literature with five-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, Sharon Draper. The event will be held in the Special Collections Center at the Nashville Public Library. Sharon will be joined by children's book blogger and writer, Julie Danielson; Harpeth Hall Upper School librarian Kristin Bernet; and Ensworth teacher Dean Schneider. Each panelist has had different experiences in the landscape of children's literature -- writer, critic, librarian, teacher, scholar, blogger -- and so will bring unique perspectives to the moderated conversation.About Sharon Draper Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She recently served as chair of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature committee, and has been honored at the White House six times. Sharon Draper's latest book is Stella By Starlight, a Depression-era tour de force in which bravery battles prejudice after an unwelcome reappearance by the Ku Klux Klan in a young girl's segregated small town. Stella lives in the South--in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can't. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn't bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella's community--her world--is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don't necessarily signify an end. About the panelistsJulie Danielson founded and manages Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, a children's literature blog focused on illustration and picture books. She has an MIS with a focus on children's librarianship, and has juried for the Society of Illustrators' Original Art Award and the Bologna Ragazzi Awards for the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy. She writes about picture books for Kirkus's website, and writes the occasional picture book review for BookPage. Wild Things, her book about children's literature, was published in August 2014 by Candlewick Press.  Kristin Bernet is the Upper School Instructional Librarian at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to joining Harpeth Hall in 2012, she worked as a Distance Education Librarian at the Johns Hopkins University for four years. Kristin is an active member in the Black Caucus of ALA, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA). When not in the library, Kristin can be found at home with her husband and two daughters.  Dean Schneider teaches sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade English at Ensworth School. He has served on several book award committees, including the Newbery Committee, the Sibert Committee (for nonfiction), the Boston Globe Horn Book Committee, the Arbuthnot Committee, and The Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee (American nominating committee). He has written more than fifty articles for Book Links magazine and is a reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and The Horn Book.    

Event date: 
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
615 Church Street
37219 Nashville
Stella by Starlight By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442494978
Availability: Special Order - Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015