Category Archives: Reading

Representation matters. Here’s why you should care.

I didn’t think much about diversity in childhood. I grew up in a rural Midwestern elementary school district primarily comprised of white middle class students. A portion of the student body was Hispanic and Latino. Throughout my entire grade school … Continue reading

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8 books to empower young girls

“I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives, but as nouns.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton Today is Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birthday. In honor of the suffragist and civil rights pioneer (and in light of the current political climate), here’s … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Out of My Mind’ by Sharon Draper

I wanted to love this book. I was introduced to “Out of My Mind” by fourth-graders at McKinley Elementary School in Ottawa, Ill. During a round of questions and answers, they asked me to name my favorite books, then shared … Continue reading

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Thoughts sparked by the death of Lois Duncan

The news of Lois Duncan’s death reached me today. Lois, a revolutionary author who essentially created her own genre of young adult suspense, died yesterday at her home at 82 years old. Her best-known title is probably “I Know What … Continue reading

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A reading challenge for picky young readers

As a kid, I wouldn’t touch food with coconut. Or onion. Or green peppers. Or mushrooms. The list goes on. I was a picky eater back then. Even though I still avoid dishes with mushrooms (I just can’t bring myself … Continue reading

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Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day

It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day! One of my favorite multicultural books growing up was “Julie of the Wolves” by Jean Craighead George. (It’s not like the titular character’s name is what originally attracted me to the book … or like … Continue reading

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Storytelling without words

There are so many ways to tell a story with words. First-person or third-person point of view, poetry or prose, short story or novel. But words aren’t the only way to tell a story. Natalie “Tally” Nourigat is a writer, … Continue reading

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