By Linda Joy Singleton
I’ve attended the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles every summer since 1991—and for good reason! It’s a wonderful conference with something for every writer and illustrator.
The 2019 conference will always be extra special to me because of the amazing moment that happened just hours after I arrived at the Marriott Hotel.
I was returning from lunch with friends when I glanced down at an incoming message on my phone.
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By Gayleen Rabakukk
Author Julius Lester died Jan. 18 while Cynsations was on winter hiatus.
Julius Lester, whose literature explored African American life, dies at 78 by Emily Langer from The Washington Post. Peek:
“He once wrote that ‘the need to know more about my individual past led me to begin studying slavery.’ …To Be a Slave (illustrated by Tom Feelings,
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