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By Margaret Speaker-Yuan, Kyle Zimmer

ISBN-10: 079108230X

ISBN-13: 9780791082300

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Advocated peaceful resistance to segregation and discrimination, but he in turn was assassinated on April 4, 1968. During the 1960s, women began to demand equality in the workplace. After the end of World War II, women, who had done everything from driving trucks to building ships to welding, were forced to give up their jobs when the men returned from the war. Their daughters, in the 1960s, demanded not only equality in opportunities for jobs, but also equal pay for equal work. New kinds of music and new forms of entertainment became popular in the 1960s.

He bought many books on history, reflecting his life-long interest in the past. Avi’s collection grew, until it numbered 3,000 volumes. At Trenton State College, Avi worked as a reference librarian. A critic wrote about Avi’s career as a librarian, “One element stands as a key to reading Avi—recognition of the sheer quantity of knowledge and insight he commands about literature for children and young adults. He is trained as a librarian, practices as a teacher of children’s and young adult FATHER, LIBRARIAN, TEACHER, AND WRITER literature for children and adults, [and] writes critical and reflective essays as well as novels” 26 Avi also wrote about his views, as a historian, of the development of children’s literature in the United States.

Reviews for children’s books were limited, for the most part, to the pages of specialized publications for teachers and librarians. Few reviews of books for children were printed in the newspapers, where many readers learn about new and upcoming books. ” What I want to suggest to you is that children’s literature is ill-recognized, ill-supported, considered uninteresting because it is a world created in large measure by women for a readership [of librarians and teachers] which in large measure is female.

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