review: A Grain of Rice

July 29, 2019

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title: A Grain of Rice author: Nhung N. Tran-Davies date: Tradewind Books; 2019 main character: Yen middle grade; historical fiction Nhung N. Tran-Davies and her family were refugees from the Vietnam War, fleeing to Malaysia when Nhung was 5 years olds. She fictionalizes her family’s experience into A Grain of Rice where she writes about […]

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The Last Days of Summer

July 24, 2019

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This summer, I’ve worked with teachers oblivious even to the ALA Youth Media Awards and I’ve worked with those on the cutting edge of #disruptingtexts. How shall the two ever meet? How will educators who feel the pressure of just getting through the day ever be able to benefit from leaders in their field when […]

review: Seven Pablos

July 23, 2019

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title: Seven Pablos Author: Jorge Luján Illustrator: Chiara Carrer Translator: Mara Faye Lethem Date: Enchanted Lion Books; 2018 picture book ‘Pablo’ is a name that can mostly be found in Portugal, Spain and the countries they colonized  around the world. In Seven Pablos, Jorge Luján and Chiara Carrer provide a brief glimpse into the lives […]

review: The Poet X

July 18, 2019


title: The Poet X author: Elizabeth Acevedo date: HarperTeen; 2018 main character: Xiomara Batista YA fiction in verse Like Elizabeth Acevedo, the author of The Poet X, Xiomara Batista is Dominican American. I don’t know what other similarities exist between the two. I do know that The Poet X was Acevedo’s debut novel that has […]

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#CollectiveResistance: Decolonizing Childhood Coalition

July 11, 2019


Wee the People Boston has teamed with two dozen organizations to make a public statement calling for action on behalf of immigrant families who are separated and detained by the U.S. government. We, as a community are asked to take action or to donate to the fundraiser. “As we head into a weekend of mass #LightsforLiberty protests, […]

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July Releases

July 1, 2019

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Please, let me know what I’m missing! 2 July Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo. D C Ink. ages 12-16 When a tragic accident takes the life of the only family she’s ever known, 16-year-old Raven is sent to New Orleans to start over. She soon discovers that she can hear the thoughts of […]

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#collectiveResistance: Indiana Youth Group

June 28, 2019

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The 19th annual Indiana Youth Group (IYG) Art Auction will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 5 – 8:00 pm on the Ohana Floor of Salesforce Tower in Indianapolis, IN. This will be a night to celebrate art and the work IYG does for the LGBTQ+ youth of Indiana – and what better place […]

How We Are Called

June 26, 2019


What do you think about the strategy stores use to greet shoppers, the one where no matter where the employee is located when a customer enters the store, they’re expected to shout a greeting? I don’t like my arrival being announced like that so, the yelling doesn’t make me feel any more welcomed that if […]

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Weekend Highlight: Competency Was Built

June 17, 2019


Hi, remember me? I’m Edith, and this is my blog. I’ve really not been blogging much here lately and have decided to hang out the ‘gone fishing’ sign for the next few weeks, but first I just have to blog about last weekend. “The Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working Symposium” […]

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