Browsing All Posts published on »December, 2018«

Sunday Morning Reads

December 30, 2018

Comments Off on Sunday Morning Reads

  This is a really brief post to look at some of the numbers for 2018. If you haven’t seen it yet, do look at the list of 2018 MG & YA books published in the US that recently posted on Zetta Elliott’s blog. We work together at the end of each year building from […]

review: Period Power

December 28, 2018

Comments Off on review: Period Power

title: Period Power : A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement author: Nadya Okamoto date: Simon and Schuster; 2018 YA nonfiction You might look at the cover of this book that is decorated with a Pepto Bismol pink background and bold red lettering and expect a boring informational text, embarrassing even because the book, after all, […]

New Releases: January 2019

December 28, 2018

Comments Off on New Releases: January 2019

8 Jan Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden. Bloomsbury, ages 12-18 As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie’s dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants. […]

interview: Ibi Zoboi

December 19, 2018

Comments Off on interview: Ibi Zoboi

I thought that an interview with Ibi Zoboi would be a nice way to close out 2018 and move into 2019 because of all the good stuff she’s got going on. I particularly enjoy how this interview reveals her skill at editing anthologies and her passion for children. Thanks, Ibi for taking the time to […]

PictureBooks: Reading Aloud to Preschoolers

December 18, 2018


Breaks between semesters allow me the opportunity to work on different aspects of my job. This break, I have several projects to address and they’re all things I’m enjoying w. First, is preparing for the one credit hour class I’ll be teaching in the spring entitled “Black Girl Magic”. I’m developing a very engaging curriculum […]

review: Pride

December 14, 2018


title: Pride author: Ibi Zoboi date: Balzer + Bray; 2018 main character: Zuri Benitez YA fiction The stunning endpages of Pride set the story by presenting Zuri and Darius facing each other. Each is looking straight ahead, but neither one is looking at the other. You could say they both appear quite prideful. Zuri Benitez […]

2018 Nonfictions

December 11, 2018


I’ve always been a history nerd. I haven’t always liked nonfiction, but I’ve always liked history and this enjoyment has carried me into nonfiction (NF) books. I won’t say NF is an acquired taste, just a recent development for me. I think I’ve come to enjoy these books because NF has become less scholarly, and […]

review: We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

December 10, 2018

Comments Off on review: We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

title: We Are Not Yet Equal : Understanding Our Racial Divide author: Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden date: Bloosmbury; 2018 YA nonfiction This review is based up an advanced copy. We Are Not Yet Equal is an adapted version of Anderson’s White Rage : The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Anderson, an African American […]

#collectiveResistance: Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

December 6, 2018

Comments Off on #collectiveResistance: Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

My dear friend, Nathalie Mvondo, is part of a collective in northern California that is collecting books to take to people who have been detained at the Yuba City County Jail for reasons related to immigration. They are looking to collect about 50 books in English or Spanish, and a few in Mandarin. All books […]