Black Lives Matter.
Blue Willow Bookshop is committed to being antiracist, actively learning and listening, and centering Black authors and their stories in our reading, recommendations, and programming.
This is a living page, where we'll share resources and updates as part of our commitment to antiracism.
Book Ordering Update
This year, we’ve received many, many orders for titles like Stamped from the Beginning, White Fragility, and This Book is Antiracist. We’re proud to serve readers who are working to learn, engage, and help heal this country’s wounds.
Please be patient with us as we work to fulfill these orders. Many of these titles are currently sold out or backordered across the country. We can still get you these books, but be aware that it may take longer than you’re used to.
Antiracist Audiobook Recommendations
If you don’t want to wait for physical copies, check out Libro.fm for the audiobooks. Here is an "Antiracist Audiobook Picks" playlist we’ve made with antiracist books for kids and adults. If you have recommendations, please let us know.
Centering Black Creators: A List of Q&A's
Each month, we interview authors and illustrators on our blog. We have always had an internal commitment to center diverse creators in our programming and school visits, on our blog, and in our reading recommendations. As we continue with that, we also make a public commitment to highlight Black people, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, and others who are members of marginalized religious or cultural groups in at least half of our author Q&As.
You can find a list of interviews with Black creators here.
Upcoming Events with Black Creators
2020 (Virtual) Tweens Read
This free annual event is going virtual! Check out the full list of exciting panels with our wonderful author guests, then register to attend. Be sure to mark your calendars and register for the culminating keynote from 2020 Newbery Medalist Jerry Craft!
Bryan Washington | Launch Event for Memorial: A Novel
On Monday, October 26 at 7pm CT/8pm ET, National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree Bryan Washington will join us for a Zoom webinar to launch his novel, Memorial! Register now to attend.
Past 2020 Virtual Events:
Our June 12 launch party with Houston author Liara Tamani in celebration of her newest book, All the Things We Never Knew, is now on our YouTube channel! It's a fantastic conversation, so don't miss it. Plus... a surprise author guest makes an appearance!
On Wednesday, June 24, New York Times bestselling author and staff favorite Jasmine Guillory joined us to celebrate her newest book, Party of Two! Jasmine appeared in conversation with USA Today bestselling author Abbi Waxman, whose latest book is I Was Told It Would Get Easier. The event is available to watch on our Facebook page.
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30pm on HCPL's Facebook Live stream. We are delighted to partner with the Harris County Public Library (HCPL), during their Summer Authorama, to provide books for their event Newsworthy: A Poetry Reading and Reflection with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton. She will appear to discuss her book Newsworthy.
Sayeed Jones and Tayari Jones
Thursday, July 30 at 6:30pm on HCPL's Facebook Live stream. We are delighted to partner with the Harris County Public Library (HCPL), during their Summer Authorama, to provide books for their event with Saeed Jones. He will appear in conversation with Tayari Jones to discuss his memoir How We Fight for Our Lives. This event will take place on HCPL's Facebook Live stream and there will be a book giveaway during the live event.
The Pumphrey Brothers
Tuesday, August 4 at 3:00pm on Blue Willow's Facebook Live: Author and illustrator duo Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey (originally from Houston!) will be our guests at Camp Blue Willow! They will share their new picture book, The Old Truck, as well as an activity with viewers.
Kim Johnson and Renee Watson
Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm on Blue Willow's Facebook Live: Debut author Kim Johnson will appear in conversation with New York Times and Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson to discuss her first YA novel, This is My America, which explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney in conversation with Brandy Colbert
Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00pm on Blue Willow's Facebook Live: Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney will appear in conversation with Brandy Colbert to discuss their new book Loretta Little Looks Back.
#KidLit Community Rally for Black Lives
The Brown Bookshelf hosted a virtual rally on Facebook Live featuring Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, Gene Luen Yang, Renée Watson, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, and many other kidlit creators. You can watch a recording of the rally on their Facebook page. Part one is addressed to children watching, while part two shifts the focus to what we can do as adults to celebrate Black voices and reject white supremacy.
How to speak to kids about race relations in America
Watch this segment on the Today Show with Hoda and Jenna: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, authors of All American Boys, discuss how to speak to kids about race relations in America and why it’s important to continue these conversations.
Education & Activities
The online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California has compiled a Diversity Toolkit to help facilitate conversations on identity, power, and privilege within a group setting