Jim Gill is a musician and author who has released seven award-winning CDs of music play for young children. Jim will introduce you to books and songs for your story times, share strategies that engage caregivers and get them involved in the music and stories, and discuss how to create an inclusive environment for children with special needs.
In 2016, Scholastic Publishing offered a children’s book written, illustrated, and edited by women of color. “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” first met with critical praise – but then fierce condemnation. The publisher withdrew it from the market. In 2017, Simon and Schuster announced a $250,000 advance for a book by Internet troll and self-described “super-villain” Milo Yiannopoulos. The Chicago Review of Books announced a yearlong boycott of reviews on all S&S titles. Some librarians have said they would not buy the book for their libraries. What do librarians stand for: intellectual freedom, or social justice?