Photo Series: Girls, Share Your Safe Place

By Sang Kromah Where do you feel safe? Do you feel safe at home, surrounded by your family or friends? Or maybe even in your car, away from all distractions? Or maybe it isn’t even an actual place, but doing something you love. Feeling safe is something many us take for granted. Feeling safe is the…

Project READ Wages War on Sexual Violence in Liberia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Baltimore, MD January 28, 2016 — Resources and Outreach for Liberia (ROL) has been very active in the last five months; collecting over fifteen thousand books, starting a global social change initiative to empower girls through literacy and the arts, and being featured on ABC2 News’ InFocus segment. All of these activities…

From 10,000 Women to 10,000 Books

By Sang Kromah When you grow up in a refugee camp, your outlook on the world outside your natural habitat tends to differ quite drastically from your peers. Factor in the fact that this refugee camp is a suburban single family home in a development of yuppies, and you have the makings for reality TV…

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

By Kim Childress When I worked as a children’s book acquisitions editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, we were considering featuring an African-American WNBA basketball player for a biography series. I was truly astounded to discover from the company’s marketing director that books about blacks don’t sell well in the core Christian-book market. At the time,…

Brrr…Blizzard 2016

By Brian Dunbar A massive winter storm system pummeled the eastern United States, with two low-pressure systems merging into a potent nor’easter that dropped heavy snow from Virginia to New England. By late afternoon on January 23, snowfall totals approached records in several states, and hurricane-force winds battered the coastlines and led to serious flooding….

Good-for-You Food Flip

By Kelly White Give your fave foods a health-filled overhaul! Lots of people vow to eat more healthfully at the beginning of the New Year. And that’s great, but don’t even think about giving up some of your favorite foods—instead give them a more nutritious (and extra-delicious) twist with these three recipes that scream, “Out…

Then and Now…Wow-worthy Women

By Brittany Taylor Now and then, you just need a little inspiration… THEN In 1921, Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence. NOW  Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar has said The Age of Innocence inspired her best-selling series, which inspired the hit TV…

So Worth Loving…

By Molly Lauryssens Eryn Erickson, 28, is owner and creator of So Worth Loving clothing line. The recording artist from Atlanta was looking to make some merchandise to help promote her band, Eddy. So what started as an offer to spray-paint T-shirts for free with the words “So Worth Loving” ended up turning into more….

Jane Yolen’s A Plague of Unicorns

By Kim Childress OK, I must provide full disclosure here: I was the Zonderkidz book editor who worked with author Jane Yolen on her illustrated adventure titled A Plague of Unicorns—and it was wonderful fun, an honor, and a memorable career experience for me. Jane and I met through mutual friend Rebecca Kai Dotlich, a…

Best of 2015: Woman of Color

By Mallory Walker Three years ago, I was standing in line at a special graduation ceremony—one that honored my school’s African-American students—when one of my classmates turned around, looked straight at me and said, “If you’re black, you’re always black, not just when it’s convenient.” As stinging as those words were, my classmate was right….

Best of 2015: Girls Gone Viral

By Ashley Begley Project GirlSpire is all about inspiring young girls. We love to hear about girls doing awesome things and supporting each other. And obvs we want to share the inspiration with you! So I present to you some of our fave girls of 2015! Baseball Princesses Photo Credit: Betsy Gregory Photography The 5 year old…