9 Dads Who Dominate at Parenting

Wednesday, Feb. 1st 2017

9 Dads Who Dominate at Parenting

This is hilarious! A must watch….

26 MCPG Titles Have Been Included in the 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List

Tuesday, Feb. 16th 2016
  • ​28 Days by Charles R. Smith Jr.; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  • Aaron and Alexander by Don Brown
  • Alex As Well  by Alyssa Brugman
  • The Battle of the Bulge by Rick Atkinson
  • Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box by David McPhail
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hilter by  Phillip Hoose
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  • The Fantastic Ferris Wheel  by Betsy Harvey Kraft; illustrations by Steven Salerno
  • The House that Jane Built by Tanya Lee Stone; illustrations by Kathryn Brown
  • I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo
  • Luna & Me Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  • Mary Cassatt by Barbara Herkert; illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska
  • Mixed Me by Taye Diggs; Illustrations by Shane W. Evans
  • Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
  • One Family by George Shannon; illustrated by Blanca Gomez
  • Osakr and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon; illustrated by Mark Siegel
  • Queen of the Diamond by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Rhythm Ride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Sally Ride by Tam O’Shaughnessy
  • Time for Cranberries by Lisl H. Detlefsen; illustrated by Jed Henry
  • Unlikely Warrior  by Georg Rauch
  • W is for Webster by Tracey Fern; illustrated by Boris Kulikov
  • Whale Trails, Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
  • What James Said  by Liz Rosenberg; illustrated by Matthew Myers
  • A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner; illustrated by Tim Probert
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People is an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.This is an annual project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the CBC.This bibliography features K-12 annotated titles published in the previous calendar year, selected by a book review committee appointed by the NCSS.

The full list can be viewed here: http://www.cbcbooks.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Notable-Social-Studies-Trade-Books-for-Young-People-2015-Preview2.pdf

NPR: Taye Diggs’ Child Served As Inspiration For ‘Mixed Me’

Monday, Nov. 23rd 2015

He’s known for his starring roles on screens both big and small, but it’s his lifetime role that inspired his latest book — that of a father.

Taye Diggs joined NPR’s Michel Martin for a conversation about his new book, Mixed Me, which is inspired by his son, Walker, and focuses on a day in the life of a mixed-race child.

See full story via NPR here

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Taye Diggs: My son inspired me to write ‘Mixed Me’

Monday, Oct. 5th 2015

Star of screen and stage Taye Diggs is also an author of children’s books.  He’s just written his second one, “Mixed Me”, which he tells the TODAY anchors was inspired by his young son Walker Nathaniel Diggs:  “His mom’s vanilla and I’m dark chocolate.”  He also proudly show off his tattoos celebrating his son.

From A (Margaret Atwood) to Taye (Diggs): Texas Book Festival lineup

Thursday, Sep. 3rd 2015

Courtesy of Maggie Galehouse, chron.com

More than 300 authors will appear at the 2015 Texas Book Festival in Austin on Oct. 17 and 18 — the most in the festival’s 20-year history.

Margaret Atwood, Taye Diggs, Nick Flynn, Linda Gray, Daniel Handler (of Lemony Snicket fame), Gary Hart, Luis Alberto Urerra, Margo Jefferson, Attica Locke, Marie Lu, Chuck Palahniuk, Tavi Gevinson and Adrian Tomine are just some of the writers featured.

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Actor Taye Diggs talks being ‘mixed’ through his son in new book

Sunday, May. 31st 2015

Actor Taye Diggs at Bookcon

Courtesy of Stephen Mandel, Black Star News

Actor Taye Diggs mixed no words over the expectations of his new book “Mixed Me” in a panel discussion at Bookcon on Saturday.

The book is the actor’s second go-around writing a children’s book with long-time friend and collaborator, Shane Evans, who illustrated the stylish artwork for Digg’s debut children’s book, “Chocolate Me”, about a boy teased for his skin color being darker than other kids. Diggs himself faced complexes about his own dark skin as a youth.

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Walker Diggs, son of Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, was inspiration for dad’s new children’s book ‘Mixed Me’

Saturday, May. 30th 2015

Taye Diggs (l.) said at Bookcon in New York that his son Walker Diggs (r.) was the inspiration for his newest children’s book, “Mixed Me.”

Courtesy of Allen Salkin, New York Daily News

Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel’s son takes a star turn in his famous dad’s forthcoming children’s book.

“Mixed Me,” Diggs’ follow-up to 2011’s “Chocolate Me,” was inspired by the former couple’s 5-year-old son Walker.

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5 Questions with Taye Diggs on His Children’s Book, ‘Chocolate Me’

Thursday, Oct. 6th 2011

Courtesy of Dreux Dougall, Essence

What do the names Winston, Roland, Andre and Harper all have in common?

All were characters that the ever-evolving actor Taye Diggs has played throughout his career. And by career, we mean the one that has seen him going from Broadway to Hollywood. After over a decade in the spotlight, Taye is adding the title “author” to his repertoire.

Diggs has written a children’s book called “Chocolate Me” that he hopes inspires children to take pride in their self image.

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Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Saturday, Oct. 1st 2011

Courtesy of PBG Lifestyle Magazine

All your friends are different.

Have you noticed? The one who sits next to you in school has brown eyes, while your neighbor’s eyes are blue. One friend might be very tall, while the other might be very short. Their hair and their skin might be lighter, darker, or another color altogether. Your friends are all ages and sizes and there are boys and girls.

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Taye Diggs’ Kids’ Book: ‘Chocolate Me’

Thursday, Sep. 29th 2011


Courtesy of Jenee Desmond-Harris, The Root

We’re guessing that after 10 years of fame in Hollywood and on Broadway, Taye Diggs feels pretty good about the way he looks these days. But that wasn’t always the case. He says he was uncomfortable in his own skin as a child, and it had a lot to do with being one of the few black children in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y.

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