I’ve pulled together just a few of the recent online events of note. There are so, so many!! I’ve quite registering for everything I think I want to attend and am more strategic about the time to register, put on the calendar and attend the events. I still too often double book, confuse time zones and lose links. I do think though, that more online discussions are positive outcome of The Shudown.

I’m starting my list with links to a few recordings and ending with some that are upcoming. Don’t be shy! Use the comments to help keep us connected.

2020 was a lost year. 2021 has become a year of loss.

In September,  SLJ’s published a tribute to Arnold Adoff, Bernette Ford, Floyd Cooper and Eloise Greenfield.

It was written before the passing of Jerry Pinkney.

Creatives are doing the work to build new legacies. It’s important and necessary to do the work to support them because in protecting their legacies were protecting that of our children. These recordings provide insights that will enrich learning experiences and prepare readers for meaningful engagement.

Paula Chase and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich how young readers can find hidden strengths with moderator Julia Torres.

Renée Watson and Nikkolas Smith discuss The 1619 Project: Born on the Water with moderator Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

The Brown Bookshelf presented a conversation with contributors to the anthology, Recognize! An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life. Wade Hudson, Cheryl Hudson, Nikki Grimes and London Ladd were hosted by Paula Chase.

Coming up

Wednesday 3 Nov Kate Messner and Traci Sorrell present on “Rethinging Thanksgiving: History, Holidays and Gratitude”. This webinar is designed for readers in grades 3-7 learning with teachers at school or with caregivers at home. (An adult must register for the webinar.) There is a $15 fee. Register:

Monday 22 Nov 7pmET. Black Boy Joy book discussion hosted by Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen and myself, with special guests authors Don P. Hooper and Julian Winters. As usual, we’ll spend time discussing the book prior to bringing the authors in. Click the image to register.

And, if that’s not enough!! I’ve got two dynamic NCTE panels coming up.

Thursday November 18, 2021

Presentation: What are you and where are you from?: Humanizing Black and Asian American people through youth literature

Panelist: Nicola Yoon; David Yoon; John Cho; Dr. Jung Kim; Edith Campbell

On Demand Session

Saturday November 20, 2021

Event: We Teach Who We Are: Unpacking Racial Identity and Literacy

Type: Roundtable Sessions

Time: 9:30 AM EST – 10:45 AM EST