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Presented by Candlewick Press and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University

In this educator-focused series highlighting the work of Black authors and illustrators, Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, will lead discussions with children’s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can live in classrooms.

May 12, 2022

Author of Hoop Queens and its companion, Hoop Kings, as well as Pick-Up Game, Chameleon, and Twelve Rounds to Glory—which was a Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book—Charles R. Smith Jr. talks about his new book, Hoop Kings 2: New Royalty, with Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at...


Apr 14, 2022

Join author and acclaimed artivist De Nichols as she speaks with Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, about her book Art of Protest: Creating, Discovering, and Activating Art for Your Revolution, a thought-provoking look at protest...


Mar 10, 2022

When We Say Black Lives Matter is a picture book celebration behind the true meaning of the words Black Lives Matter. Join award-winning author-illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke as she converses with Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, about her...


Feb 9, 2022

Elite athlete and Netflix documentary star Zion Clark joins Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, to discuss his extraordinary and deeply inspirational authorial debut, Zion Unmatched; his upcoming projects; and the powerful messages they bring...


Jan 5, 2022

Multiple-award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez speaks with Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, about his latest work, ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines, a picture book that portrays the power of music and dance to transcend...