Thursday, February 25, 2010

Big Giveaway at Lee and Low Books

Lee and Low Books is an independent children's book publishing company that focuses on diversity. The books they have in their lineup are wonderfully multicultural and fun.

In celebration of Black History Month, Lee and Low Books is giving away a bunch of books! On their main site, you can enter to win one of three copies of Janna and the Kings by Patricia Smith (ends on Feb. 28). And on their blog, The Open Book, they are giving away three sets of six books (also ends on Feb. 28). Such great giveaways, and great ways to read and celebrate black history all year long!

Just thought you might like to know! :-)

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Cover For Magic Under Glass!

If you've been here for a while, you're aware that the controversy over the cover of Jaclyn Dolamore's book Magic Under Glass was one of the reasons why Pam decided to spearhead this challenge and this site. Today, it appears that Bloomsbury has released the new cover art:

Sorry for the small image size, but I haven't been able to find anything bigger yet (I've only found the new cover on Amazon--it's not even up at the Bloomsbury site yet). You can look at a bigger version of the cover at the Amazon site--they'll let you click on it and blow it up. Just to refresh your memory, this is what the original cover looked like:

Personally, I think it's a great improvement. What do you think?

(Wanted to give a quick shout-out to Kelsey at The Book Scout and Christina at Reading Extensively for breaking the news!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


We have had such an awesome month in February so far! 55 PoC books read and blogged and linked. I am so proud of the progress we are making.

For March, I want to reach over 100 books read and linked. I think I have forgotten to link mine up (I am like that) so let's all read and blog PoC!

We are still open to suggestions for books, authors, PoC related blogs. We want to know what you want to see on this blog.

I would also like to feature some reviews here. So if you have written a review starting in March for March email me ( with your reviews and your URL and a 2 line summary about yourself and or your blog and your review may go up here!

Monday, February 8, 2010

January Prize Winner!

Sorry for the delay guys. Generally, I will give everyone one week after the month ends to put
up their links for the month and then announce the winner.

So without further ado the January winner as picked by is....

Karen at GHHS!

Congrats! I'll leave you a comment on your blog (or you can comment here with your email) and you will have 48 hours to get back to me.

You can choose any book from our prizes list

Everyone else remember to link your reviews and you can't win more than once so everyone has a fair chance!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

POC Challenge Non-Review Links of Interest (2010)

Color Online had a really good suggestion that we have a dedicated post where we could link-up non-review items of interest, like book discussions, articles, and essays. So, here we have one!

POC Reading Challenge Items of Interest
1. Color Online Group Read Discussion: Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice  
2. Second Post: The POC Challenge (by Debbie Reese @ American Indians in Children\'s Literature)  
3. Bookslut: Kids of Color and the New American Whitewashing  
4. Chasing Ray: What I Learned While Researching Diversity  
5. Reading In Color: February=Time to Show We Love and Understand Black People.  
6. Zetta Elliott and Francine Thomas Howard: Black History and Historical Fiction (@ Omnivoracious)  
7. A Reader\'s Response: Black History Month (@ Black Eyed Susan\'s)  
8. Writers Against Racism: Revisiting A \"Slippery Slope\"  
9. Whiteness is Not the Default Experience: Why White Readers and Publishers Have Got to Think in Color  
10. Guest Post at Justine Larbalestier\'s blog: Ah Yuan on the Importance of Diversity  
11. Whitewashing: Where Are The Minority Authors?  
12. Elizabeth Bird\'s survey of Top 100 Children\'s Novels (@ American Indians in Children\'s Literature)  
13. Should Publishers Get Rid of African-American Imprints? by Cecelia Dowdy  
14. A Letter... @ The Story Siren  
15. mitali\'s fire escape - Faces and YA Book Covers: A Proposal  
16. \"Seg-Book-Gation\" - Discussion with Bernice McFadden (@ Drumtide)  
17. Writing White? Crossing Over--Mirror vs. Window (@ TwoMindsFull)  
18. On Reading: Whitewashed - guest post by Zetta Elliott @ 5 Minutes for Books  
19. Demanding Diversity in Publishing by Zetta Elliott (@ Huffington Post)  
20. Cover Matters: On Whitewashing (@ The Book Smugglers)  
21. Creative Freedoms and the Not Now Book @ The Bottom of Heaven  
22. Why Book Industry Sees the World Split by Race (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)  
23. Zetta Elliott on Race & Reviews (@ Justine Larbalastier\'s blog)  
24. Hood Passes and Home Invasions by Neesha Meminger  
25. A Manifesto of Imaginative Literature by Justin Allen  
26. Black Writers Ponder Role and Seek Wider Attention (NY Times)  
27. Black Eyed Susans Girl Power List: Celebrating Women\'s History Month  
28. Fairy Tales: Zero Tolerance? @ American Indians in Children\'s Literature  
29. Alisa Vades-Rodriguez diary: Bridges burned, crossed and built  
30. Guest Post From Author Tinisha Nicole Johnson: White-Washing Book Covers (@ Cajun Book Lady)  
31. James Welch on the Native American Renaissance (@ Ken Lopez Bookseller)  
32. Skinwhite Lotion-Incredible Prime Time Commercial Now Being show in Manila  
33. Shelf Talker (Publishers Weekly): The Elephant in the Room  
34. Ask Racialicious: How to Read and Respond to Literature of Colour  
35. Teens Do Judge a Book by the Cover by Mitali Perkins (@ HungerMountain)  
36. Reflected Faces by Tanita Davis (@ HungerMountain)  
37. Black Writers in a Ghetto of the Publishing Industry\'s Making by Bernice McFadden (@The Washington P  
38. Color Online: Inside the Story Circle by Linda Boyden  
39. Black Literature: Dead or Alive by Roy L. Pickering  
40. Hunger Mountain: Color Me Perplexed by Nikki Grimes  
41. PW Shelftalker: Selling Color to Customers: A Bookseller\'s Guide  

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The Prizes :)

This post will be constantly updated.

Monthly Prizes (these are the prizes one winner each month can choose from, unless noted we only have 1 copy of the book). You can request swag along with your book. Also, I'm sorry but not all books can be sent internationally :( If you are international and you win, we'll work something out (probably Amazon or Book Depository).

Perfect Chemistry swag (bookmarks, pens)
A Wish After Midnight bookmarks

1. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (YA)

2. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (YA) -Us & Canada Only

3. Any book by Mitali Perkins (YA/MG)

4. Chameleon by Charles R. Smith (YA) -Donated by BookGazing, thank you Jodie!

5. One book from the prize bucket (3 2 winners)-Donated by Color Online, thank you susan!

6. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
7. 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (MG)International!

8. That's What's Up by Paula Chase Hyman-YA U.S. only
Who You Wit by Paula Chase-YA U.S.
Flipping the Script
by Paula Chase-YA U.S.

9. Perfect Shot by Debbie Riguad (YA)

10. Good Fortune by Noni Carter (YA)-Thank you Nathalie!

11. Dark Child: The Autobiography of an African Boy by Camara Laye -Donated by Nathalie at Multiculturalism Rocks! Thanks so much Nathalie :)

Grand Prize: 4 $25 bookstore giftcards (bookstore to be determined)

Please email me or leave a comment if you are interested in donating a prize. Thank you in advance :)

February Review Link-Up

Click on the blue "Add Your Link" button and put the name and author of the book you have reviewed in the "Name" box. You can include your name or blog name in parenthesis if you wish. Please be sure that you link to the specific URL address of your review, not the URL address of your main/home blog page.

February POC Reading Challenge Review Links
1. BrownGirl BookSpeak (Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez)  48. Amanda (Monique & the Mango Rains)  
2. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Mel u-The Reading Life)  49. Liar by Justine Larbalestier (Tia\'s Book Musings)  
3. Akilah (The Englishist) Angela Davis: An Autobiography  50. The Promise by Chandra Sparks Taylor (Reaing Extensively)  
4. Devil\'s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (Reading Extensively)  51. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (Zee @ Notes from the North)  
5. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Book Nut)  52. c.c. (Say You\'re One of Them-Uwem Akpan)  
6. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Karen)  53. Captain Shigemoto\'s Mother by Junichiro Tanizaki (Mel u-The Reading Life)  
7. Mel u-The Reading Life (Autobiographical Narratives of Philippino Women  54. Split Image by Mel Glenn (The Cazzy Files)  
8. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin (Ana - The Book Smugglers)  55. Notorious Spinks (Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance by Richard Bruce Nugent)  
9. Climbing the Stairs by Venkatraman (Mama C)  56. Amanda (Bayou)  
10. Amanda (Apologies to an Apple by Maya Ganesan)  57. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (Marieke at Athyrium filix-femina)  
11. Push by Sapphire (The Kool-Aid Mom)  58. Perfect Chemistry ( Trini @ A Book-Lovers\' Review)  
12. Tell Me How Long the Train\'s Been Gone - Baldwin (c.c.)  59. Letter to My Daughter by Angelou (Helen\'s Book Blog)  
13. Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama (Zee @ Notes from the North)  60. I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America (Black-Eyed Susan\'s)  
14. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow (Tia\'s Book Musings)  61. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (Reading Extensively)  
15. Everlost by Neal Shusterman (Once Upon a Bookcase)  62. The Shadow Speaker by Okorafor-Mbachu(Rachael at BookLove:Teen)  
16. Everwild by Neal Shusterman (Once Upon a Bookcase)  63. Jan@Eating YA Books (Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper)  
17. Magic Under Glass by Joclyn Dolamore (Once Upon a Bookcase)  64. Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan (GAL Novelty)  
18. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (Once Upon a Bookcase)  65. Testing the Ice and We Troubled the Waters (Reading Tub)  
19. Monique and the Mango Rains - Kris Holloway (Helen\'s Book Blog)  66. The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton (Jess @ garish & tweed)  
20. Children of the Waters - Carleen Brice (Black-Eyed Susan\'s)  67. Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan (story on a page)  
21. Chenxi and the Foreigner (CrazyQuilts)  68. The Heaven Trilogy by Angela Johnson (Thehappynappybookseller)  
22. Aths @ Reading on a Rainy Day (Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi)  69. Children of the Waters (Reading With Momma)  
23. Aths @ Reading on a Rainy Day (Say you\'re one of them by Uwem Akpan)  70. Those Shoes and The Rain Stomper  
24. Notorious Spinks (The Calligrapher\'s Daughter by Eugenia Kim)  71. Does My Head Look Big In This? (I Was A Teenage Book Geek)  
25. Silver Phoenix, by Cindy Pon (Daniella)  72. Mel u-The Reading Life (Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro)  
26. Kindred by Octavia Butler (Tia\'s Book Musings)  73. Bleedig Violet (Trini@ A Book-Lovers\' Review)  
27. Amanda (Jonah\'s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston)  74. The Dark Child, by Camara Laye (Multiculturalism Rocks!)  
28. Leyla: The Black Tulip - Croutier (Eating YA Books)  75. The Apex Book of World SF (Multiculturalism Rocks!)  
29. Lockdown - Walter Dean Myers (Eating YA Books)  76. Over a Thousand Hills, I Will Walk with You, by Hanna Jansen (Multiculturalism Rocks!)  
30. Black No More by George Schuyler (BrownGirl BookSpeak)  77. Amanda (Liar)  
31. Ash by Malinda Lo (Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind)  78. Aya: Secrets Come Out (Helen\'s Book Blog)  
32. The Reed Cutter by Junichiro Tanizaki (Mel u-The Reading Life)  79. Copper Sun By Susan Draper (Books & Wine)  
33. Amanda (Native Son by Richard Wright)  80. The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon  
34. Archer\'s Quest, by Linda Sue Park (Charlotte\'s Library)  81. Songs of Ourselves:Writings by Filipino Women (Mel u-The Reading Life)  
35. The Door of No Return by Sarah Mussi (The Cazzy Files)  82. Peace, Locomotion (Book Nut)  
36. The God Box by Alex Sanchez (Helen\'s Book Blog)  83. NYX: Wannabe (ninefly)  
37. Daughters of the Stone - Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa (Stone-Bow)  84. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (Tia\'s Book Musings)  
38. The Dew Breaker - Danticat (Cynical Optimism)  85. One Day the Soldiers Came by Charles London (Libby at After Library School)  
39. Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie and Ed Young (Color Online)  86. Notorious Spinks (Uptown by DeBerry and Grant)  
40. Rabbi\'s Cat by Joann Sfar (Helen\'s Book Blog)  87. He Forgot To Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Saenz (Crazy Quilts)  
41. Just Another Hero by Sharon Draper  88. Michelle (su[shu]) - February List  
42. Pemba\'s Song by Marilyn Nelson (The Cazzy Files)  89. Heather (Book Addiction) - Wounded  
43. 14 Cows for America, Violet\'s Music, A Chair for Always  90. Deogratias: Tale of Rwanda (Helen\'s Book Blog)  
44. Wandering Girl--Glenyse Ward (Helen\'s Book Blog)  91. Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai  
45. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind)  92. 8th Grade Superzero (GAL Novelty)  
46. Leavin Gee\'s Bend (Edi)  93. Notorious Spinks (KIM: TheStory of John)  
47. Saving Maddie (Crazy Quilts)  

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