Bookmarks: June 21

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It’s Friday Savvy Readers! You know what that means! Catch up on all the latest bookish news in one handy-dandy post!

1. The Carnegie medal was awarded to the first writer of colour in its 83-year history


It’s about time, Savvy Readers! The UK’s most prestigious children’s book award, the Carnegie Medal, was awarded to Dominican-American poet Elizabeth Acevedo this week, for her debut novel-in-verse, The Poet X. This comes two years after the prize instigated an independent review into its historical lack of racial diversity, following widespread anger at 2017’s longlist. Check out the full story here!

2. IN Magazine published their top picks for LGBTQ+ books to read with your kids!


Some more good news on the representation front! We are finally seeing an increase in literature that puts the LGBTQ+ experience at the forefront of the story. You might have noticed in our own #PrideMonthReads Roundup that YA novels are particularly crushing it in this area. That’s why we were so excited to see IN Magazine publish a list of Pride Month Reads for an even younger demographic!  Check out the full list here! Does anything jump out to you? We’re particularly excited by  The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby, and Red by Michael Hall, ourselves!

3. Gloria Vanderbilt passed away at the age of 95.


Gloria Vanderbilt – fashion icon, artist, and author of Obsession and The Rainbow Comes and Goes passed away this week at the age of 95. Her son, Anderson Cooper, released the following statement to the media: “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms. She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern. She died this morning, the way she wanted to – at home, surrounded by family and friends.” You can read more about this beautiful, touching tribute here.

4. She-Ra showrunner Noelle Stevenson revealed the cover of her upcoming graphic memoir!


This week saw the announcement of The Fire Never Goes Out, an upcoming memoir in graphic novel form from the bestselling author of Nimona and She-Ra showrunner Noelle Stevenson! We’ll have to wait until next year to get our hand on the memoir in full, but we ate up this exclusive interview with Stevenson from Gizmodo. Check it out here for insight into Stevenson’s process, a peek at some of the artwork, and what she hopes readers will take away from The Fire Never Goes Out when it comes out. We couldn’t be more excited!

5. Who said quizzes have to suck? Buzzfeed published a quiz where you have to guess match the signature to the famous author


For some of the greatest writers of all time, their penmanship is terrible. The stakes are high too, eh? According to buzzfeed, if you don’t pass the test you’re not allowed to read anymore, and they’re definitely gonna enforce that! Go ahead an try your hand at it, if you dare! The key is to squint really hard at it so that people walking by think you’re hard at work on something very, very important.

Did I miss anything Savvy Readers? Did you spy anything in that list of Kid’s books you’re planning to read to your own little ones? What about the quiz? Winners, sound off in the comments below or reach out to us on Twitter over at @SavvyReader!

Happy reading, Savvy Readers! I’ll see you Monday!


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