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A national bookstore chain has instituted a program promoting the display of books devoted to children with physical or developmental disabilities.

More than 700 Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton bookstores nationwide will maintain beginning this year a Children with Special Needs Collection, featuring books aimed especially at disabled children, their families, teachers, and healthcare professionals.

The collection features more than 50 titles in categories that include specific disabilities, such as autism and chronic illness, medical services, educational opportunities, and supportive guides for parents and other relatives.

The books will be displayed on the top shelves of the stores' Family and Child Care sections and will be designated by special signs. A comprehensive brochure about the collection is available free to customers in participating stores.

A monthly magazine for African-American youths, YSB (short for Young Sisters and Brothers.), premiered this month, a new editorial product from the Black Entertainment Television organization.

The inaugural edition features articles on successful young blacks, as well as columns on health, employment, travel, and social life.

Each issue will be theme-driven, and will incorporate surveys and questionnaires related to the specific theme to provide for reader participation. The first issue's theme, for example, is "Stop the Violence"; it contains articles and surveys on black-on-black violence.

Many of the magazme's articles will be written by black teenagers and college students. The subscription rate for YSB, expected to reach an audience of 150,000, is $11.95. Its address: P.O. Box 7527, Red Oak, Iowa 51591-0527.

The publishers of Baby on the Way, currently available to pregnant women at obstetricians' offices, will soon release a simpler version of the magazine for women who read at grade-school level.

Baby on the Way: BASICS, due out in October, is a free, 48-page magazine made available through health departments, physicians' offices, infant-health programs, literacy groups, and the [email protected] program.

Produced annually with the help of Literacy Volunteers of America, BASics will be written in simple, concrete terms, covering the same material featured in the original publication: information on monthby-month fetus development, nutrition during pregnancy, drug use, and other dam. For further information, call (202) 863-2529. --S.K.G.

Vol. 11, Issue 02, Page 1

Published in Print: September 11, 1991, as Publishing
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