January 13, 2019


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 […]

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Review: A Little Piece of Ground

January 10, 2019


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 […]

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review: Watch Us Rise

January 3, 2019


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 […]

Sunday Morning Reads

December 30, 2018

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  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 […]

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review: Period Power

December 28, 2018

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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

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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. […]

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interview: Ibi Zoboi

December 19, 2018

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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 […]

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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 […]

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