We know how challenging it can be for parents of children of color to find books in which characters of their ethnicity are represented -- and not limited to tired stereotypes or only relegated to minor characters.
I'm thrilled to share this special event with you in which Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers and I talk about literacy, reading for kids, slime, and ... Snooki (and, funnily enough, that was not a dig at Snooki. Or slime).
As explained in "Too Important to Fail," the way we look at black boys is "America's litmus test." Smiley approaches the challenges facing black males with the good sense and good will of our nation's archetypical "Everyman." The result is a jewel of a documentary.