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2017 #Diversity Reading Challenge: Check up

2017 Diversity Reading Challenge: Check up

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How’s your diversity reading coming along? Here’s what I’ve read lately:

I Just Want to Say Goodnight by Rachel Isadora

I just want to say goodnight

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey


Ghost by Jason Reynolds


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers

These are the books from this summer that qualify for the Diversity Reading Challenge. Here’s how they break down:

Books for/by/about African American young person:  Scorpions, Dear Martin, Ghost

Book with an African American woman as the main character: Another Brooklyn, I Just Want to Say Goodnight, Ruth and the Green Book

Book written by a Latinx person: I Got This by Laurie Hernandez

An illustrator of color: Ruth and the Green Book, Floyd Cooper

How did you do this summer? Did you find any new diversity reads? Let me know!


Books NaBloPoMo

Multicultural e-books for kids

If your kids are online and looking for books to read, why not try a digital library?

Here’s one I think is interesting:

International Children’s Digital Library

located at

The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community – who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.

Ever want to read a book in Farsi or Croation? They have it!

Check it out sometime if you have a minute!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter Z #atozchallenge

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The Book

Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic

Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic

You might think that Zlata’s Diary is an odd choice for book club. After all, what’s so special about a young girl’s diary? Haven’t we learned by now that young girls’ diaries contain powerful observations? Hello, Anne Frank much?
To be sure, Zlata is a young girl who has much to say about her environment. And Zlata’s environment is war torn Sarajevo in the 90s. If you weren’t around to remember the conflict in Bosnia, it resembled many of the scenes straight out of WWII: food shortages, military occupations, bombings, snipers, etc. Can you even imagine being 11 and enduring war?
Neither can I. And that’s why Zlata is in the Bad Girls Club. Despite all the multiple horrific odds against her, she and her family survived the war.  She now lives in Ireland, has attained all sorts of degrees, and helps kids.

Well gang, that’s the last member of the Bad Girls Fight Club, A to Z.
What did you think? Anyone I should have added?

Thanks to visiting and I’ll see you around the internet!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Diversity Reading Challenge

#atozchallenge Bad Girls Book Club Letter Y Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

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Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

I’ve had this book on my radar a while and I’m anxious to read it. Our heroine, Piddy, arrives in a new school only to become the subject of Yacqui Delgado’s harassment. As you can imagine, the bullying escalates and it affects Piddy’s life completely and Piddy has to figure out how to get help and get Yacqui and her bullies to stop.

Anyone who survives bullying is awesome in my book.
And a total Bad Girl.

Go Piddy Go!!

If you are someone you know is having trouble with bullying please GET HELP.

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#atozchallenge Bad Girls Book Club Letter X: X Men Misfits

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X Men: Misfits

X-Men: MIsfits

I just have two words to say to you here:
Raina Telgemeier

If you know anything about graphic novels and girls then you know what I mean. For those who don’t, Raina takes the teen stuff and puts it into a graphic novel.  What’s cooler than that? In X Men, we have Kitty who’s a misfit. Not only is she a misfit, she’s a misfit with strange superpowers.  Fortunately she gets enrolled in a special school for other kids like her and suddenly her life has changed: she’s the only girl at an all boy’s school.

How’s that for karma?

Awesome right?


Let’s DO this alphabet ya’ll, just TWO MORE LETTERS!!

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Bad Girls Book Club Letter W Wildfire by Mary Pauline Lowry #atozchallenge

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Wildfire by Mary Pauline Lowry

Wildfire A Novel by Mary Pauline Lowry

Nothing. I say NOTHING says Bad Girl Book Club like a female hotshot firefighter. Yep, you heard me right. A girl firefighter! They exist. There are very few but they are REAL. They go out into the mountains of California and fight some of the wildest fires that exist. They cut down trees,  dig trenches, and camp outside in the forest in order to get to the fires first. And Julie fights with a team of dudes. Of course, she has to earn their respect and find a way to hide her eating disorder.

Female Firefighter?

All. The Friggin YES.

We in the homestretch folks, I can see the finish line!

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Bad Girls Book Club Letter V #atozchallenge

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Very in Pieces by Megan Frazer Blakemore


I chose this book because the main character’s name is Very. Yes that’s her given name. Her surname is Sales-Woodruff. So her name is Very Sales-Woodruff. Ya gotta love interesting names, right?
So Very’s family is falling apart and she feels as if she’s the only one holding it together. And her famous artist grandmother, Nonnie, is dying. It’s tough to be strong when your family is a mess and your beloved Nonnie is dying so YES Very can be in our Book Club. She could prolly use a friend right now.

What’s next? Why W of course!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter U #atozchallenge

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The Book

Untwine A Novel by Edwidge Danticat


Here’s my wildcard. Untwine is a story of Giselle, a girl who has a twin named Isabelle. One day Giselle finds herself injured and in the hospital. Giselle is trapped inside her body and can’t communicate. She also learns  what happened to her twin. During this time Giselle must turn inward and make sense of what happened and learn to focus on her present life.
Twins? Check.
Surviving twin?  Double check.
Butt Kicker Bad Girl?  Triple Check.

Danticat has a way of telling a story that’s unique. There’s a sense of magic and spiritualism and maybe mysticism in her writing that’s difficult to explain if you haven’t read anything of hers.

This is the last week friends! We can do it!

See ya at V.

Dewey's Read-a-thon Diversity Reading Challenge

Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon : Hour 17 Diversity Shelfie Mini Challenge!

Hour 17 Diversity Shelfie Mini Challenge!

If you’re reading a book that contains diverse characters we want to see them! Get out your cameras and take a photo of a diverse book you love or want to read; it’s time for a Diversity Shelfie! Whether you’re in the shot or not show us your diverse book. Tweet a photo, and a title of a diverse book with hashtag #Diversityshelfie to @pamlovesbooks

It’ll be late so if you don’t want to show yourself you don’t have to. Just show us your book!

deweys readathon


I’ll chose a random winner and announce it Sunday evening. The winner may choose a prize from the Prizes page at  You’ll need to fill out the form noting that you are an hourly challenge winner and the name of the challenge (Diversity).



Blogging from A to Z Challenge

#atozchallenge Bad Girls Book Club Letter T Temple of Doubt by Anne Boles Levy

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The Book

The Temple of Doubt by Anne Boles Levy

The Temple of Doubt


I am so lucky to have friends who write books! Here, my friend Anne has written a book AND it has a kick ass heroine!

It’s been two six-days since a falling star crashed into the marshes beyond Port Sapphire, putting the wilds of Kuldor off-limits to fifteen-year-old Hadara. She feels this loss deeply and is eager to join her mother beyond the city limits to gather illegal herbs and throw off the yoke of her tedious religious schooling. Medicines of any sort are heresy to the people of Port Sapphire, who must rely on magic provided by the god Nihil for aid. And if people die from that magic, their own lack of faith is surely to blame. At least, that’s what Hadara has been taught—and has so far refused to believe.

Hadara and her mother have ignored the priests’ many warnings about their herb gathering, secure in knowing their tropical island is far from Nihil’s critical gaze. Then two powerful high priests arrive from Nihil’s home city to investigate the fallen star, insisting it harbors an unseen demon. This sets off speculation that an evil force is already at work in Port Sapphire and brings one of the holy men to Hadara’s doorstep. When he chooses Hadara as a guide into the wilds, she sets off a chain of events that will upend everything she’s been taught about the sacred and the profane.

I KNOW!! So awesome, right? Anne needs to hurry and finish book two.

Tra la! Tra la for the magical mystery tour. Or something. Time for a rest. See you next week!