We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Mentorship Program Announces Sixth Year

Washington, DC — The We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Mentorship committee is pleased to announce the program’s sixth consecutive year. Starting Oct. 1, upcoming writers and artists will get the chance to apply for one of 15 year-long mentorships in four different categories. The program has awarded mentorships to 48 diverse authors and illustrators since 2015.

In 2021, the program will grow from ten to fifteen mentorships given, spread out across four categories: picture book text,

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Native Voices: Kevin Noble Maillard on Writing Fry Bread

By Kim Rogers

Today, I’m excited to welcome Kevin Noble Maillard to Cynsations. Kevin is a professor of law at Syracuse University, a journalist, and a member of the Seminole Nation. His debut picture book Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story is illustrated by Pura Belpré-award winner and Caldecott Honor-recipient Juana Martinez-Neal (Roaring Brook/Macmillan, Oct. 2019 ).

What was your initial inspiration for writing Fry Bread?

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