Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2019«

Inclusivity and the ALA Youth Media Awards

January 28, 2019

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OK, I’m going to take a quick break from what I should be doing to do a little Youth Media Awards post. But first…. There are more authors whose names aren’t on this list than there are. I SEE YOU!!! I READ YOUR BOOKS! Readers truly enjoy your books. So, do not be discouraged because […]

interview: Jerry Craft

January 24, 2019

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Today, I have an interview with Jerry Craft, author and illustrator of Mama’s Boyz : In Living Color! (Mamas Boyz Inc); The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention (co-authored with Jaylen Craft and Aren Craft; published by Mama’s Boyz Inc.) and numerous other books. His newest book, New Kid (HarperCollins) will release on 5 February. I think I’m one of […]

cover reveal: Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott

January 22, 2019

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Dragons in Bag (Random House) by Zetta Elliott was released in 2018. In it, Jaxon discovers magic in Brooklyn when he’s left with Ma so that his mother could work to prevent being evicting. Jaxon also discovers family. And, he loses a dragon! He needs this second book so that he can get the dragon […]

review: Black Women Who Dared

January 17, 2019


title: Black Women Who Dared author Naomi M. Moyer date: Second Story Press Middle Grade nonfiction Naomi M. Moyer is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. In 2015, she created a mixed media series featuring images of lesser known, radical Black women. Second Story Press contacted her in mid 2017 to […]


January 13, 2019

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Here we are a few weeks into 2019! Students aren’t back on campus until Tuesday, so I’ve been  still spending time trying to get stuff done. I’m still working on that list of read alouds and still hope to begin the instructional videos to place on my Libguides. A lot of my energy is going […]

Review: A Little Piece of Ground

January 10, 2019

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title: A Little Piece of Ground author: Elizabeth Laird with Sonia Nimr date: Macmillan Children’s Books; 2003 main character: Karim Aboudi Middle Grade fiction I first heard about A Little Piece of Ground back in 2006 at a dinner in Jeddah. It’s only fitting that I found out about this book on that trip because […]

review: Watch Us Rise

January 3, 2019

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title: Watch Us Rise author: Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan date: Bloomsbury; 12 February 2019 YA fiction This review is based on an advance copy. Watch Us Rise. Watson and Hagan’s collaborative fiction, Watch Us Rise, was a book I easily find to be centered in black girl literacies. The powerful statement that entitles the […]