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J. Elle: Black Child, You Are Magic
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J. Elle: Black Child, You Are Magic

by Karen Pavlicin

Debut author J. Elle is rewriting the way Black kids see themselves and their communities. Drawing on her experiences as an inner-city kid, teacher, and military spouse, the prolific Black writer builds fantastical worlds with a sense of home. She hopes her stories help kids feel more seen, more capable, and more aware of their own magic. […]

Medina Children’s Library: New Stories in Ancient Fez
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Medina Children’s Library: New Stories in Ancient Fez

by Lindsay Swoboda

Blue skies wink from above the high and narrow walls of the ancient city of Fez, Morocco. Normally filled with brightly colored artisan wares and lingering aromas of spices, mint tea, and kebabs, the cobblestone streets are quiet, subdued by pandemic restrictions. Nestled in the corner of a plaza is the Medina Children’s Library, where staff members continue to find ways to share books and a love of reading with local children. The pandemic presents new challenges, but has not stopped their efforts. […]

Joel Neeb, coauthor of Survivor’s Obligation, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with a group of fellow survivors.
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Live the Obligation: Stories Create Healing Connections for Survivors

by Terri Barnes

Two very different and extraordinary survival experiences sparked a common journey for Chris Stricklin and Joel Neeb, coauthors of Survivor’s Obligation: Navigating an Intentional Life. While writing the book together, the authors’ painful yet beneficial conversations grew into a healing friendship, inspiring Chris and Joel to reach out and help other survivors find healing connections as well. […]