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Children’s Book Publisher Q&A: Diversity shouldn’t drive the storyline

Children’s Book Publisher Q&A: Diversity shouldn’t drive the storyline

CBC Diversity INDUSTRY Q&A WITH PUBLISHER CHRISTY OTTAVIANO Please tell us about the most recent diverse book you published. I recently published Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott. This novel is about Sam, a Mexican American teen who’s in a depressed state due to the breakdown of his family. He’s pretty much getting by in life


Colombia’s female guerrillas hunt for their lost children

By Christoffer Frendesen Colombia Reports Demobilized female rebels, many of whom were forced into guerilla groups against their will, are now searching for the children they were made to abandon, according to BBC Mundo reports. Female rebels, “banned” from getting pregnant, are either subjected to forced abortions or made to give up their babies after


What is “Columbusing,” and How Can We Eliminate the Stigma of Columbus Day?

By Ela Arevalo First Peoples Worldwide For generations, Christopher Columbus has been credited with being the explorer who discovered the Americas in 1492 – something understandably problematic to the Indigenous peoples of the continent. Just as Thanksgiving focuses on the conquest of Indigenous peoples, Columbus Day has been seen as a reminder of the genocide


Expungement App Tries to Help Erase Minors’ Records in Illinois

By Julianna Nunez Juvenile Justice Information Exchange CHICAGO — The Mikva Challenge Foundation released a (web) app aiming to encourage more juveniles to seek assistance expunging their arrest and court records. In 2012, only 70 of the 25,000 youths who were arrested in Chicago got their records expunged, according to a report by the Juvenile


Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens, Especially Hispanics

SaludToday A growing number of U.S. teens—especially Hispanic teens—are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, according to a new survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, HealthDay News reports. Overall, 11% of teens admitted using hGH in 2013, up from 5% in 2012. About 13% of Hispanic teens


Wari geoglyph found in southern Peru

By Rachel Chase Peru This Week Archaeologists undertaking investigations in the Peruvian region of Arequipa discovered a large geoglyph last December. According to Peru21, the geoglyph is approximately 60 meters by 40 meters and is located in the province of Caylloma. Peru21 reports that the initial archaeological investigations were performed at the request of the