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Do you ALAN?

November 28, 2012


I’ve written quite a bit about attending the ALAN conference, but never about ALAN. ALAN is the Assembly on Literacy for Adolescents. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents is an independent assembly of NCTE. Founded in November 1973, ALAN is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are […]

Male Monday: Torrey Maldonado

November 26, 2012


Torrey Maldonado is an author and educator. His first MG/YA novel, Secret Saturdays was a 2011 ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection. Torrey is also an advocate for literacy, education and young men of color. He recently agreed to the following interview and I think that you’ll be as amazed by his energy, optimism […]

Male Monday: Now accepting applications

November 26, 2012

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  The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is now accepting applications for the *Youth Scholar Academy (YSA)* <>. This program enables talented black male college students who aspire to careers in teaching to operate a summer enrichment program for high school boys.  We encourage students interested in education to apply. YSA scholars spend two summers in […]

review: My Name is Parvana

November 22, 2012


title: My Name is Parvana author: Deborah Ellis date: Groundwood Press, 2012 main character: Parvana My name is Parvana is the final book in the Breadwinner series. While it feels more like Ellis is sharing an old friend with us rather than creating a new character, this book can be appreciated very much on its […]

ALAN 2012

November 21, 2012

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I had high expectations for ALAN because I had such a fantastic time last year. I wasn’t so sure as things began. Things began to feel so different from last year! I wasn’t ever excited about the idea of Vegas for a YAlit conference and even more so after getting here. The overpowering smell in […]

A is for…

November 14, 2012

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If you visit Zetta Elliott’s blog, you’ll find that A is for Anansi, a bi-annually impressive conference” hosted by the Institute of African American Affairs, aims to deepen and diversify the cannon, conversation and scholarship of the literature as told by its most influential critics, scholars, teachers and producers.” It sounds like those of us […]


November 4, 2012


Welcome, November 2012, officially proclaimed Native American Heritage Month. November also means ALAN!!! VEGAS!!! I can’t wait! My clock fell behind this morning and once again, I wonder who came up with this nonsense and why! Regardless, I will vote this Tuesday! The call for proposals for presentations at the 8th annual BCALA conference has […]

Why I Vote

November 2, 2012


Today’s post is part of a blogosphere event, Why I Vote. I have to thank Colleen at Chasing Ray for inviting me to participate in this event and causing me to really think about somethings I’ve really taken for granted. This is why I vote. Here is why others vote. Why do you? Why, indeed […]

New Releases November 2012

November 1, 2012

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Seriously, is this it??? I have searched all my resources and have found all of three! 3! middle grade and YA books written by authors of color that are being publisned this month. I have no pride in this matter; I want to be proven wrong!! PLEASE!! Add names of other books that I’ve missed […]