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February 27 is International Polar Bear Day!  I've blogged about this annual global event a few times before, but the message bears repeating.  Polar bears are facing challenges in a warming Arctic, and we can help!  We can educate ourselves, then we can spread the word.  I always think a book is a good way to start a conversation.

If you're looking for quality books for Black History Month, I suggest you look for an author named Lesa Cline-Ransome.  She pens picture books, biographies, and everything in between.  And she's good.  Really good.  She also has lots of resources to help you really explore her books.  Click on her bolded name earlier in the blog to access her official website and find lesson plans, reading group guides, and videos.  Find a book club video and guide for her newest title on the She Persisted website.

The publishing industry has become much more inclusive during my tenure at Hoover Public Library, but it still has a long way to go.  For example, there have been so many amazing titles written by and featuring Black characters.  BUT almost all of them are either historical fiction or realistic fiction.  And the world needs more literary variety!  Fantasy has been a very popular genre with young readers forever, so why aren't there more fantastical adventures starring Black protagonists?!  I just don't know.  But I do know how to find what is currently available.