Words Take Wing


Words Take Wing
Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature

Since 2005, more than 14,000 Sacramento-area school children have benefited from Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature. This annual celebration, held each February, gives students the opportunity to hear about the personal journeys and creative processes of acclaimed authors and illustrators of diverse children’s literature whose stories about Native American heritage, Asian culture, African American culture, and Latino identity, among many others, allow them to explore a wide range of perspectives and world views.

On February 26, 2019, Words Take Wing hosted Newbery-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly at the UC Davis Mondavi Center as part of the School Matinee event series, and at a presentation and book signing at the McKinley Library in Sacramento. Watch a video of her presentation at the Mondavi Center here.

Filipina-American author Erin Entrada Kelly is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College near Philadelphia. In 2018, the American Library Association awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal to Kelly for her third novel, Hello, Universe. Her debut novel, Blackbird Fly, won SCBWI’s Golden Kite Honor Award in 2016. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Learn more about our 2019 Celebrated Children’s Author.

Sutter Health is a proud sponsor of Words Take Wing. 

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