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Amanda Gorman to Present at the Grammys Premiere Ceremony: Today in Books

New Little Mermaid Novel Features Ariel Modeled After Halle Bailey

Teen Vogue has unveiled the cover of a new Little Mermaid novel that features an Ariel modeled after Halle Bailey from the new live-action adaptation. The Little Mermaid: Against the Tide is by bestselling author J. Elle and tells the story of a young Ariel who is preparing to celebrate a coming of age ceremony that will make her the Protector of a territory in the ocean. But the celebrations are put on old when one of her sisters is abducted. The novel is out from Disney Books in May.

Latinx Kidlit Book Festival Holds Auction

The Latinx Kidlit Book Festival is currently holding an auction to help fund the program’s 2023 goals. The LKBF is a free virtual festival that celebrates Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for students, educators, book lovers around the world. In 2023, the program aims to expand its programming, increase school and library outreach, and hire a full-time staff to fulfill the festival’s mission, among other things. Auctions include virtual cafecitos/meetings with Adam Silvera, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Cordova, and more.

Amanda Gorman to Present at the Grammys Premiere Ceremony

Amanda Gorman announced on Instagram that she will be presenting at the Grammys Premiere Ceremony this year. The poet writes that she is “thrilled” to have the opportunity. You can watch the livestream on Sunday, February 5th at 3:30PM ET/12:30PM PT. The program will stream on and the Recording Academy YouTube channel.

The State of Diversity in the Publishing Industry

With efforts from both readers and publishers to improve diversity throughout the years, have they affected publishing at all?