Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Milk+Bookies - Read Give Grow!

My amazing friend Meredith Alexander has a program called Milk + Bookies!  Go to http://www.milkandbookies.org/ and see how you can get involved with this incredible organization!
Giving Is Nice


It’s what Milk+Bookies is all about, spreading the love of reading to those who can’t afford books of
their own.


Well, that AND service learning. Milk+Bookies teaches kids the importance of giving, and instills in them self-confidence, pride and a sense of goodwill – all wonderful byproducts of the Milk+Bookies brand of philanthropy.


So how does Milk+Bookies foster literacy and service learning? By providing all of the tools, resources, support and instruction required for anyone to host their own Milk+Bookies parties. At these “book-raisers,” children are invited to choose, inscribe and donate books to their local peers in need and want of appropriate reading material.

Leaders + Readers

A continuation of our “Read! Give! Grow!” philosophy, Leaders + Readers is a program designed to encourage student volunteers in the Los Angeles community to organize book drives to benefit another Los Angeles based “sister” school.
The goal of every Leaders+Readers Book Drive is to flood underserved Los Angeles schools with books to support learning and academic excellence AND allow students to gain experience with leadership and community service. In the 2014-2015 school year, we were able to raise 55,800 books!
Email bookdrives@milkandbookies.org to find out how YOUR school can become a host or recipient with Leaders + Readers!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 thought provoking books to read this summer!

1)  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2)  And Tango Makes ThreeJustin Richardson and Peter Parnell
3)  The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
4)  It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
5)  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shout out to Dan Santat for his book The Adventures of Beekle winning the Caldecott

Congratulations to longtime JacketFlap member Dan Santat. Dan was awarded the Caldecott for his book The Adventures of Beekle. Congratulations Dan!

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From Kirkus:
If an imaginary friend is unimagined, does it become a real friend?
Beekle (a crowned white gumdrop of lovable cuteness) lives on a fantastic island with other creatures “waiting to be imagined by a real child.” After seeing his companions leave, one by one, Beekle loses faith that he will ever “be picked and given a special name,” and so he does “the unimaginable” and ventures forth to find his friend. Upon arriving at a port city, he observes adults going about their daily lives in monochrome, dingy settings that lack any spark of color or vitality. Perspectives that often isolate the tiny Beekle in corners or surround him with large figures accentuate his loneliness. Everything changes when he arrives at a playground awash in color and sees children playing with their imaginary friends—many of whom had been on his island. But even here, he still cannot find his special friend. Feeling sad, he climbs a tree, and from his perch, he hears a voice calling to him. Lo and behold, he meets his special friend, Alice. She’s imagined him after all, as evidenced by the picture he retrieves for her, which is of himself handing her a picture. In a delightful comic sequence, the pair become acquainted, and “the world began to feel a little less strange."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

If you have Bitcoin and someone special in your life, show how much you love them by buying flowers at Bitroses.com. Use coupon code: JF2015 and receive $5.00 off your purchase at check out.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Quote of the week!

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” 
- Mark Twain

Monday, February 2, 2015

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Volunteer Program April 18-19, 2015

Festival of Books
April 18 - 19, 2015

Festival of Books Volunteer Program

Repost from The Los Angeles Times Website

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
The Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: Bring together the people who create books and the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has become Southern California's major literary event, now celebrating its 20th year! The 2015 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 at the University of Southern California and we would love to have you join us as a volunteer.
Last year 153,500 people attended the Festival, which featured over a hundred ticketed author events, children’s storytelling, poetry readings, book signings and nearly 500 exhibitor booths.  The Festival’s success has been due in part to the generous assistance of volunteers who welcomed attendees, assisted with registration, staffed author events, supervised book signings and much more.
Some details about volunteering: 
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.  You cannot bring children under the age of 18 with you during your shift. 
  • Volunteers will receive free parking, shuttle service from the parking lot, and lunch. 
  • We will provide t-shirts for volunteers to wear and keep after the event.  (Please wear khaki, or beige pants or shorts.) 
  • The majority of volunteer activities require being on your feet for most of your shift. Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Volunteer shifts last 3 - 4 hours, and you may sign up for as many shifts as you wish for one or both days. You may sign up for overlapping shifts and work the duration of the hours for those shifts.
  • If you're flexible as to when you can work, when you sign up online, indicate which shifts you could work, and check the box indicating you'll work any ONE of the shifts indicated. If you'd like to work multiple shifts, check the box indicating you'll work ALL shifts selected. 
  • bookwormsMost volunteer positions are assigned when you check-in on the day of event. There are a few assignemnts with special time requirements (author escorts, registration, etc.) that you can express interest in as part of the online registration process. 
If you are a volunteer with strong leadership qualities, you might be interested in our Bookworm program.  This program rewards volunteers who provide leadership and commitment above and beyond the norm. Bookworms will be selected from those volunteers who agree to serve as Area Captains for an entire day of the Festival and attend a special training session. Bookworm roles include managing panel rooms, taking charge of Information Booths, supervising volunteers at Booksignings and other leadership activities. In addition to receiving a special shirt to wear at the Festival and other perks, Bookworms will be recognized in the Festival of Books program. While most Bookworms are veteran volunteers of the Festival of Books, we will still consider your interest if you are a first-time volunteer. If you wish to be considered as a bookworm for the first time, in addition to filling out the online application linked below, please email a resume that tells us a bit about your work experience.  If selected, you will be notified by the first week in March. 
VolunteersIf you experience any difficulties registering online please email us or call the volunteer hotline at (213) 237-6503 and leave a message. Further information about the Festival of Books and other L.A. Times events is available on the Los Angeles Times Signature Events page. For any specific volunteer-related questions, e-mail Larry Deckel, Volunteer Coordinator.
After you have registered, full information about volunteering, including a map and parking passes for both orientation and the day(s) of event will be sent to you via U.S. mail the during the first week of April.
If you have already registered and find you are unable to attend and must cancel as a volunteer, please email us as far in advance as possible and let us know so we can offer your space to someone else!http://www.troutco.com/fob/

Friday, January 30, 2015

Upcoming Book Events for February and March 2015 Domestic & International

United States Upcoming Book Events for February and March 2015

American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
Where: Chicago, IL
When: Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd 2015
Web site: http://exhibitors.ala.org/

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Where: NY, NY
When: Feb. 6-8, 2015
Web site: http://www.scbwi.org/2015-annual-winter-conference-in-new-york/

San Francisco Writers Conference
Where: San Francisco
When: February 12-15, 2015
Web site: https://sfwriters.org/

West Coast Writers Conference – The Big Story
Where: Van Nuys, Calif.
When: February 20-22, 2015
Web site: www.wcwriters.com/genrela/index.html

SleuthFest 2015
Where: Orlando, Fla.
When: Feb. 26–Mar. 1, 2015
Web site: http://sleuthfest.com/

International Upcoming Book Events for February and March 2015

Cairo International Book Fair, 
Where: Cairo, Egypt
When: January - February 2015
Web site: http://www.cairobookfair.org/

Kolkata Book Fair
Where: Kolkata, India
When: January 28 –February 8, 2015
Web site: http://www.kolkatabookfair.net/information15.php

Jerusalem International Book Fair,
Where: Jerusalem, Israel
When: February 8-12, 2015
Web site: http://www.jerusalembookfair.com/

Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE),
Where: Taipei, Taiwan
When: February 11-16, 2015
Web site: http://www.tibe.org.tw/enhtml

San Miguel Writers Conference
Where: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
When: Feb. 11–15, 2015
Web site: sanmiguelwritersconference2014.org

New Delhi World Book Fair
Where: New Delhi, India
When: Feb. 14–22, 2015
Web site: www.newdelhiworldbookfair.gov.in/

Vilnius Book Fair
Where: Vilnius, Lithuania
When: Feb. 19–22
Web site: http://www.eventseye.com/fairs/f-vilnius-book-fair-4062-1.html

Brussels Book Fair
Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: Feb. 26- MARCH 2, 2015
Web site: flb.be/

Dublin Book Festival
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: Mar. 4-6, 2015
Web site: http://joobili.com/dublin_book_festival_dublin_12850/

Leipzig Book Fair
Where: Leipzig, Germany
When: Mar. 12–15, 2015
Web site: www.leipziger-buchmesse.de/

Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre)
Where: Paris, France
When: Mar. 20–23, 2015
Web site: www.salondulivreparis.com/

Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Where: Bologna, Italy
When: Mar. 30–April 2, 2015
Web site: www.bookfair.bolognafiere.it/home/878.html

Saturday, January 24, 2015



by We Need Diverse Books 

The We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
We Need Diverse Books (“WNDB”) is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. WNDB is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.
WNDB is proud to announce that Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, has acquired publication rights to the Middle Grade WNDB Anthology, working title “Stories For All Of Us.” Ellen Oh, President of WNDB, will edit the anthology, which will have a January 2017 release date. Contributing authors include: Kwame Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Rachel Renee Russell, and Jacqueline Woodson.
The anthology will be in memory of Walter Dean Myers and it will be inspired by his quote: “Once I began to read, I began to exist.” Every new story contribution to this anthology will be by a diverse author.
WNDB is proud to announce that the anthology will have one story reserved for a previously unpublished diverse author. WNDB will fill that slot via a short story contest. The winner will be included in the anthology and will receive a payment of $1000 US.
General Rules
  • Entries will be accepted after 9:00AM EST on April 27th until 5:00PM EST on May 8th, 2015. Any submission made prior to or after the entry period will not be considered.
  • Entry is free.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • All applicants must include a 75 word bio and headshot.
  • Winner will be announced on June 15, 2015.
Short Story Rules
  • All submissions (short story or illustrated story) must be in English and never before published in any medium, print or digital.
  • Submissions must be no longer than 5000 words.
  • All submissions must be electronic and sent to the following email address: contest@diversebooks.org
  • All submissions must also be appropriate for a middle grade audience, ages 8 to 12.
  • If your submission is illustrated, it must be in a graphic novel format, but no longer than 10 pages.
  • Illustrations must be submitted electronically. Do NOT mail hard copy submissions to WNDB. They will not be reviewed, nor will they be returned.
  • Open to diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (as defined above). Applicants must include this information in their bio.
  • Open to diverse writers who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-pubbed, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market.
  • EXCEPTION – Short story publication credit in a magazine, literary journal, or periodical will not disqualify the applicant.
  • First prize winner will receive an award of $1000 plus their entry will be published as part of the WNDB Anthology to be released by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books in January 2017.
  • Two runner-up winners will receive honorable mentions and awards of $250 each.
Any submissions sent in before the entry period will be deleted, the email address flagged, and the author automatically disqualified.
Who can apply?
We recognize anyone from a diverse background, including but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities currently marginalized in North America.
What should the story be about?
It can be about anything as long as it relates to the prompt “Once I began to read, I began to exist” and a diverse experience. The story must also be appropriate for a middle grade audience, ages 8 to 12.
What about a submission in verse?
We accept submissions in free verse only.
What about entries that are a combo of both text and graphics? For example, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid format? Are they acceptable?
Do the winners get free copies of the book? How many?
The winner will receive 1 copy of the Anthology when it is published.
Are joint authors for a project okay?
As long as both authors are diverse as defined above. Joint authors will share any prizes given by WNDB.
Is non-fiction acceptable? 
Does having a mental illness qualify as having a diverse background?
WNDB recognizes mental illness as a disability and therefore part of our definition of diversity.
What genres are eligible? Fantasy, historical, contemporary, etc?
Submission can be of any genre as long as it is MG (middle-grade).
My self-published book is no longer in print/on the market. Does this disqualify me as an author?
If we can search your name and find a published book online anywhere, you will be disqualified.
Does the exception for a short story publication credit extend to a credit in an anthology series?
The exception only applies to short story credit in a magazine, literary journal, or periodical.
If I’m white am I disqualified?
If you self-identify as a diverse person from one of the definitions stated above, you are still eligible.
If I’m disqualified for this anthology, will I remain eligible for for future opportunities?
We cannot say at this time.
Do authors have to be over 18?
Parental consent will be required upon signing of contract if the winning author is under the age of 18.
What if I’m already published in a language other than English?
Previously published authors in any language are not eligible. The only exception is if the published work is a short story credit in a magazine, literary journal, or periodical.
Can international authors apply?
As long as your submitted work is in English and you are not a previously published author.
What if I have a question not covered in this FAQ?
You can email questions to contest@diversebooks.org. While we can’t answer every email personally, we will post any new and relevant questions directly to this FAQ.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Book Conference reminders!

Reminder of upcoming book conferences coming your way in January 2015! Happy Conferencing!

United States

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
Where: New Orleans, La.
When: JANUARY 9-10-11, 2015

Digital Book World Conference & Expo
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: Jan. 13–15, 2015
Web site:

Wizard World Portland Comic-Con
Where: Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 23–26; 2015 

American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
Where: Chicago, IL
When: Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd 2015