If Marilyn Scudder Barnwell was a super hero she would be the Compassionator. As for her fatal flaw (because every hero has one), perhaps it would be a humility so deep that it renders her short-sighted about her own accomplishments. The evidence? When Dinah Volk, chair of NCTE’s Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA) tried to nominate her for ECEA's 2015 Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award, she refused it.
Sharon Flake “writes about hope in hard places,” she says. Flake, author of seven books, including two collections of short stories, writes primarily about African-American teens struggling with identity, relationships and perseverance – issues that resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. Her first YA novel, The Skin I’m In, was published in 1998, and won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent.
Whether it’s his son’s preference for meat over vegetables or the relative basketball skills of a high school player and Shaquille O’Neal, Yong-Su Jin loves to use analogies. And as his work gains a wider audience, those analogies come in handy when speaking to people far beyond the reaches of the IGB.
Every bookshelf in Teri Lesesne’s office is double packed. Books spill out of a shelving cart near her desk, which is also buried in books. And that doesn’t even count the audio books and ebooks she regularly digs into.
Lesesne (it rhymes with “insane,” she says) doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t in love with books. But it was not until she became a teacher and met her first reluctant readers that she discovered the young adult (YA) genre.
When I walk into Billie Jean Theide’s metalsmithing class, I seem to have time-warped to the 1950s.
High, wooden desks reminiscent of architects’ drafting tables fill the second-floor classroom. Gooseneck lamps provide an ambient glow. Radiators clank and hiss. We are warm within the walls of an old brick building, tucked amid greenhouses in a quiet corner of campus.