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February 3, 2019


February is… filled with deadlines! I’ve found myself mumbling about how much time outside my traditional work hours I’m spending working. I mean, what good a weekend or a bonus day off due to weather if all you’re doing is work? I’ll just have to build in the Me Time. The work will get done, […]


February 1, 2019

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The following information originally appearing in an email from Teaching for Change. Next week is the National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action! This campaign promotes a set of national demands based on the Black Lives Matter guiding principles that focus on improving the school experience for students of color. Educators across the country will engage students in […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]