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“When You Wonder, You’re Learning Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids” by Gregg Behr & Ryan Rydzewski 

Modern science backs Mister Rogers up. Young people with families and caregivers who are actively engaged in their learning tend to do better in school, and not by a little: Students with engaged families are up to 81 percent more likely to graduate from high school and 95 percent more likely to report physical and mental well-being.

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Jamaica Kincaid (Photo credit: Harper’s Bazaar) 

Jamaica Kincaid is a world-renowned writer, a Harvard professor, and an avid gardener who’s passing on her plant expertise to Black youth in her new children’s book, An Encyclopedia of Gardening For Colored Children, the first children’s book Kincaid has published in almost 40 years. 

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Family portrait of W.E.B. Du Bois, his wife, Nina, and their son, Burghardt, in 1898. W.E.B. Du Bois Papers, 1803-1999, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries  

The book examines in meticulous detail the social conditions of thousands of Black Philadelphians living in what was then called the Seventh Ward, a neighborhood that overlaps present-day Society Hill.

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Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon (Photo: ELLE) 

New York Times bestselling author and Academy Award-winning actor Viola Davis is getting into the book publishing industry!

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"All About Love: New Visions" by bell hooks. (William Morrow via AP) 

The late bell hooks' “All About Love" was published nearly a quarter century ago. But it's found a new generations of readers who respond to its message of empathy and community. Scholars of hooks welcome her ongoing popularity but also worry that readers may miss her political message. 

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Black author Michael Thurmond says Georgia's white founding father deserves credit for inspiring the abolitionist movement that ultimately ended slavery. His new book - “James Oglethorpe, Father of Georgia” --focuses on Oglethorpe's failed attempt to ban slavery after starting Britain's 13th American colony in 1733. Georgia's early prohibition on slavery ended and Oglethorpe returned to England where he inspired activists who would become Britain's first abolitionists

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Detail from the cover of Peponi, the Kiswahili translation of Tanzanian Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novel Paradise. Mkuki Na Nyota 

Highlights of 2023 range from the masterful Gurnah to stunning newcomers, a bold biography to a pacy memoir.

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Tina Turner’s Iconic Legacy Honored in New Comic Book Series/Illustration by Pablo Martinena/TidalWave Productions 

The new comic book uniquely honors the songstress’s life and legacy, highlighting her musical achievements, personal victories, and life challenges. The book is a part of the publisher’s “Tribute” series, which spotlights the enormous achievements of cultural heroes. 

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Doug Melville celebrates the everyday heroes behind the scenes, reminding readers to understand their own ancestors’ victories to broaden their vision of what is possible. 

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(Photo/ Michel Delsol/Hulton Archive via Getty Images) 

The publication of “Purple Hibiscus” didn’t just signal the start of a single author’s brilliant career. It forged a path for a whole new generation of African novelists who had come to America as immigrants and have been mining that experience in their writing.

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The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast