2018 Nonfictions

December 11, 2018


I’ve always been a history nerd. I haven’t always liked nonfiction, but I’ve always liked history and this enjoyment has carried me into nonfiction (NF) books. I won’t say NF is an acquired taste, just a recent development for me. I think I’ve come to enjoy these books because NF has become less scholarly, and […]

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review: We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

December 10, 2018

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title: We Are Not Yet Equal : Understanding Our Racial Divide author: Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden date: Bloosmbury; 2018 YA nonfiction This review is based up an advanced copy. We Are Not Yet Equal is an adapted version of Anderson’s White Rage : The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Anderson, an African American […]

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#collectiveResistance: Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

December 6, 2018

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My dear friend, Nathalie Mvondo, is part of a collective in northern California that is collecting books to take to people who have been detained at the Yuba City County Jail for reasons related to immigration. They are looking to collect about 50 books in English or Spanish, and a few in Mandarin. All books […]

December Releases

December 2, 2018

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December is always slight on releases and this December is no exception. 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz (Inkyard Press) Ji-su’s traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul’s premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one […]

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review: This Is My Fort!

November 27, 2018

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title: This Is My Fort (A Monkey & Cake Book) author: Drew Daywalt illustrator: Olivier Tallbec date: Scholastic; February 2019 Picture Book While attending NCTE, I had the pleasure of attending Scholastic’s annual M. R. Robinson dinner. It’s a very nice holiday dinner that’s been hosted during NCTE for 86 years now. As with most […]

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No More Monkey

November 26, 2018

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  It appears from a story posted on Instagram by Greg Pizzoli the other day that the "Jack" early reader series is getting released after all, but the main character is going to be an anthropomorphic dog instead of a monkey. Very excited to see these books! @CrazyQuilts — Elisa Gall (@gallbrary) November 26, 2018 […]

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November 25, 2018


I’d hoped to post my review of the latest Monkey and Cake book by now but I’m planning to have it up no later than tomorrow evening. In the meantime, I’ll be preparing for Tuesday’s Twitter chat. @WeAreKidlit (formerly We Are The People) is currently developing our 2019 Summer Reading list and we thought it […]

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November 13, 2018


  My first NCTE, and I’m presenting!! No worries, right? 😳 My talk on Black Girl Economics will be part of Session K.37—Opening the Boarders of Reading: Culturally Sustaining and Liberating Literature. This session meets Saturday, November 17, 2018 02:45 PM–04:00 PM in Room 370 F. I’ll also be at ALAN! I’ll be moderating Remixing Classic Tales on Monday with authors Kiersten White, […]

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November Releases

November 4, 2018

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Blended by Sharon Draper. (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) MG Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. (HMH Books […]

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