“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead wins the National Book Award

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“Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.”

Read more HERE.

“Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real”, Study Finds

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According to an NPR article:

“If the children are the future, the future might be very ill-informed.

That’s one implication of a new study from Stanford researchers that evaluated students’ ability to assess information sources and described the results as “dismaying,” “bleak” and “[a] threat to democracy.”

As content creators and social media platforms grapple with the fake news crisis, the study highlights the other side of the equation: What it looks like when readers are duped.

The researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education have spent more than a year evaluating how well students across the country can evaluate online sources of information.

Middle school, high school and college students in 12 states were asked to evaluate the information presented in tweets, comments and articles. More than 7,800 student responses were collected.

In exercise after exercise, the researchers were “shocked” — their word, not ours — by how many students failed to effectively evaluate the credibility of that information.”

Read more HERE.


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Frustrated by the lack of diversity in children’s and YA literature, We Need Diverse Books was created by authors, readers, parents, teachers, and librarians who wanted ALL children to be able to see themselves in the books that they read.

Learn more about We Need Diverse Books on their website:  http://weneeddiversebooks.org/

Planet Money Podcast #709 : Fair Use


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Confused about what “Fair Use” means and how it impacts your work? In this episode of the popular Planet Money podcast, Keith the host dives into the issues surrounding Fair Use and Copyright when he considers writing his own version of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon”. Click HERE to link to the episode.