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The #WeNeedDiverseBooks Tweet Archive is Ready

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks Tweet Archive is Ready

There is work to be done and the wonderful #WeNeedDiverseBooks tweets are still washing over Twitter in a torrent of great thoughts.  There are too many for anyone to really read in real time so I am creating an archive of these tweets for later perusal.

I’ve been kind of obsessed with this, as you can see at So Much to Love with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign – so building the archive for later reading is my compromise with myself.

https://twitter.com/jandersoncoats/status/461513861695557632

I don’t sell anything so your address will only be used for a single notification message letting you know how and where to download the tweets as a spreadsheet. If you would like to receive an email with a link to download the archive after it is complete (or as complete as possible) around May 6th, please use the form below.

UPDATE: The archive is now online here.

So Much to Love with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

So Much to Love with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care about diversity, there is still a disconnect. BEA’s Bookcon recently announced an all-white-male panel of “luminaries of children’s literature,” and when we pointed out the lack of diversity, nothing changed.

Now is the time to raise our voices into a roar that can’t be ignored. Here’s how:

On May 1st at 1pm (EST), there will be a public call for action that will spread over 3 days. We’re starting with a visual social media campaign using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We want people to tweet, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, blog, and post anywhere they can to help make the hashtag go viral.

Learn more at weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com

May 1st is not here yet but there already many interesting posts at the Tumblr linked above and on Twitter using the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag.

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

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TFIOS Extended Trailer Released

TFIOS Extended Trailer Released

The entertainment parts of my life has been much better since I started making an effort to see movies before reading the source book when I can manage it.  This way I am never disappointed.  The book can act as a ‘Director’s Cut’ version of the film in my mind.  I actually had no plans to read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars for a long time.  The book was recommended to repeatedly so I finally borrowed it from a friend last fall and read it.   I loved the book.  I think Green did a great job of balancing reality with sentimentality with the struggle against forces entirely outside the character’s control.  So many battles with cancer are David and Goliath stories, but with Goliath armed with laser cannons.  The main characters in this book do not pretend otherwise and that, to me, is what makes the book special.

I have also been following the making of the movie adaptation and I’m really looking forward to seeing it when it comes out in June.

The extended trailer was released yesterday:

And, having seen it,  I really think the movie will live up to my expectations.

To see how this book has impacted people, teenagers in particular, check out Teens React to The Fault In Our Stars Trailer: