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

Posted in Reading, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments