Cheryl B. Klein
Editorial director at Lee & Low Books; author of THE MAGIC WORDS, WINGS, THUNDER TRUCKS, & A YEAR OF EVERYDAY WONDERS (out 12/8); newish mom; Democrat. She/her.
Kyle Lukoff @Shekels_LibraryEditors, agents, etc: In my 8 years as a children's librarian, all the books I've seen about police categorize them as "community helpers"; all I've wanted is a book speaking to children for whom that is not their experience.
Olivia Cole is social distancing & u should be too @RantingOwlBook Twitter: please, please someone publish a picture book about Black girls and horses. I have looked high and low and asked 10 librarians for my daughter with no luck.
This book is needed.
Cheryl B. Klein @chavelaqueI first read them in Dell Yearling paperback editions when I was 8 or 9, and I can’t wait to read them to Dash — especially THE SATURDAYS, set in NYC.
And a contemporary MG novel like this, featuring a boisterous & loving POC family, is an eternal #MSWL for me.
Clint Smith @ClintSmithIIII talk about this all the time but having young ppl express despair about violence/poverty in their communities, w/o helping them understand where these conditions emerge from, means they might think it has to do w/the *ppl* in those communities rather than what was done to them.
carlydraws @carlydraws@chavelaque What subject would you like to see more books about?
A PB on the Atlanta washerwoman’s strike, or Pullman porters, or the Chicano rights movement; MG novels starring boys of color doing sports; MG or YA NF on topics of POC history #mswl
Rebecca Traister @rtraisterThe 1881 Atlanta Washerwomen strike! Everyone should read @TeraWHunter's great book, To 'Joy My Freedom, which chronicles the story of the washerwomen: hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?is… twitter.com/ewarren/status…
Black authors! Write me a picture book about this, please! 👇👇👇 #mswl
Cheryl B. Klein @chavelaqueI enjoyed TSIAAS, but I kept being distracted by calculating their routes & travel times around NYC. “She could *maybe* get there in half an hour if she takes the B to the A & all the trains arrive just right...”
FYI, if it’s legally possible, I would 100% publish an #ownvoices YA novel about a teenage girl or boy in the Motown star system. Signed, someone who read DREAMGIRL: MY LIFE AS A SUPREME in high school & *loved* it. #mswl
Cheryl B. Klein @chavelaqueI found an exit out of Grand Central that I had never used before, & it got me two blocks closer to my destination than I expected. In this cold, that counts as a New York Win (tm).
Also, surely there is a fantasy novel featuring Grand Central as a wild nexus of portals to magical worlds? If not, I would love for an author of color to write that & send it to me. #MSWL
Elizabeth McCracken @elizmccrackenWhen will Hazel Scott get the biopic she deserves? smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/h…
Dang, this woman was amazing: Juilliard at age 8, her own TV show in the 1950s, stood up to HUAC. Write me a PB bio, pls! #MSWL
Ibi Zoboi @ibizoboiWe love Martin & Malcolm, of course. But what abt Marcus? There are virtually no mainstream pub'd children's books abt Marcus Garvey & the Back to Africa Movement & the Black Star Line. Why not? Malcolm's parents were Garveyites.
Tracey the Hutt @TraceyBaptisteNanny, a Jamaican Maroon who held the British off from escaped slaves by establishing lookouts, a communication network, and disguising her soldiers as trees and teaching them to be still and slow their breathing so they could attack w/o warning. twitter.com/xnulz/status/9…
Aw, hell, any reply to this starring a WOC is #MSWL
Samantha Mash 🌲 @anamericanghostKhutulun was the great-great-granddaughter of Genghis Khan. She was a strong fighter and insisted that any man who wished to marry her must defeat her in wrestling, but any man who she beat would have to give her a horse. She wound up with 10,000 horses. twitter.com/xnulz/status/9…