Posted on May 2, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The more things change, the more they don't.

NPR recently spoke to award-winning author (and former national ambassador for young people's literature) Jason Reynolds about his new book. 

Miles Morales Suspended, which came out today, is a sequel to Reynolds's original novel about a half-Black, half-Puerto Rican teenager who also has superpowers.

But by day, Morales has to handle more prosaic battles: school censorship, racism ... and crushes.

You can read highlights of Reynolds's conversation with Morning Edition's A Martinez or listen to it in full on NPR's website.

And while addressing such issues in literature is controversial today (Reynolds is no stranger to backlash over it), it's far from new.

The New York Times took a look back at the 1958 picture book The Rabbits’ Wedding, written and illustrated by Garth Williams.

The title characters have different fur color — one is black; the other, white — arousing much suspicion and outright anger among segregationists. 

But did Williams really mean anything by his book? The debate raged then and continues now.

Head to the NY Times to read about the hullabaloo surrounding The Rabbits’ Wedding.

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