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Black History : Literacy

February 15, 2019


Today, it’s short story collections and anthologies for middle grade or young adult readers. While some are classic, and others quite recent, they all make good additions to home and school libraries.  Porch lies : Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters  by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by André Carrilho. Schwartz and Wade […]

Black History : Literacy

February 13, 2019


Black Non-Fiction I can’t talk about all the wonderful informational books coming out this year because I’m on the Sibert Committee BUT!! I can provide a list of some titles by Black authors for middle grade and young adult readers. What are some of your favorites? Willie O’Ree: The story of the first black player […]

Black History : Literacy

February 12, 2019


I thought about a few author interviews to enrich my Black History : Literacy theme, but why would I do that when the Brown Bookshelf does it so well? Here’s their lineup. There are so many names I recognize there and I’m looking forward to the chance to get to know these individuals just a […]

Book Review: Tight

February 11, 2019


title: Tight author: Torrey Maldonado date: Nancy Paulsen Books; 2018 main character:  Bryan middle grade fiction Bryan lives with his parents and sister, Ava, in Brooklyn. Mom works in a social service agency where Bryan often spends time after school. Bryan truly loves his mom and enjoys spending time with her. He loves his dad […]

Sunday Morning Reads

February 10, 2019


Can we talk about censorship of the Black child? We can count the books, crunch the data, make comparisons and projections and what we’ll end up with is a narrative based in the principle of scarcity, the principle that leads us to believe that printing one book denies the possibility for another to exist. This […]

Black History : Literacy

February 8, 2019


YA Authors After looking at the history of Blacks in YA literature in the US, the next thing to do is to consider who are the Blacks authors of young adult literature today. Well, here they are are most of them. These authors are Afro American, Afro Caribbean, Afro British, mixed raced, LGBTQIAP+, have disabilities, […]

Black History : Literacy

February 7, 2019


The History of Black Young Adult Literature A couple of years ago, I crowd-sourced a history of IPOC, LGBTQIAP+ people in YA and those with disabilities. Every now and then, I open it back up, but to protect it I don’t keep it open. It is however, always freely available and I’m more that willing […]

Black History : Literacy

February 5, 2019


Book List : Food This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list about food, garden, nutrition and cooking in the Black community, but it is meant to celebrate the gastronomic traditions in the community. I think there are some real gems here, but I also think there’s a lot of room for more contemporary books […]

February 2019 : New Releases

February 3, 2019


1 Feb The Fever King (Feverwake) by Victoria Lee. Skyscape. ages 12-18 The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly […]