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NEA Today: News & Features from the World of Reading

NEA is committed to celebrating reading and literacy throughout the year by showcasing popular children’s authors and trends in children’s literature.

From Fringe to Mainstream: Graphic Novels in the Classroom by: Mary Ellen Flannery (November 7, 2016)
Even as graphic novels have moved onto banned-book lists, they also have moved from the fringes of English or reading classrooms, where they once were reserved for struggling or reluctant readers, to the forefront of instructional materials.


Diversity in Children’s Literature Key to Understanding Today’s Civil Rights Issues by: Cindy Long (October 24, 2016)
How can we initiate discussions with our students about violence in the headlines? How can we help dispel misconceptions often passed from the adult world down to children? How can we help increase acceptance and tolerance?  NEA Today talks to some of America’s most popular children’s authors for answers.

Author Peter Ho Davies on Identity, Tolerance, and Provocative Classroom Discussions by: Cindy Long (October 4, 2016)
Peter Ho Davies’ latest book The Fortunes, an historical novel rife with discussion points sure to enrich any high school classroom. NEA Today recently talked to Davies about his work and the relevance of its themes for students.

Author Matt de la Peña: Diverse Books Empower Students by: Cindy Long (August 15, 2016)
Matt De la Peña is the first Hispanic winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal who writes books about racially confused, working class kids, but the universality and humanity of his characters will speak to young readers from any background. NEA Today speaks with de la Peña about what motivates his writing and inspires his characters.

Award-Winning Poet and Author Kwame Alexander on Why We Need Diverse Books by: Cindy Long (June 1, 2016)
NEA Today sits down with award-winning poet and author Kwame Alexander, a passionate literacy advocate, to find out more about what it means to write books with diverse characters.


Improving Reading Outcomes for Young Black Males by: B. Denise Hawkins (February 26, 2016)
Insightful ways to conquer a major challenge in education: how to get boys and young men of color to read and love reading.

Award-Winning Graphic Novelist Encourages Kids to Read Outside Comfort Zones by: Cindy Long (February 11, 2016)
NEA Today speaks with Gene Luen Yang, who taught high school computer science for 17 years in Oakland, California, about being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and his plans to help promote diversity in children’s literature.



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