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.
Antiracist Audiobook Recommendations
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
Please check out our events calendar to view upcoming virtual events!
#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.