2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

This is Why I LOVE Papercutz: They have a #Diverse Hero named Sanjay!

Papercutz always seems to be on the cutting edge of silliness. That’s why I love them. Here’s one more reason to love Papercutz: they have a new comic with a Southeast Asian/Indian character named Sanjay!

Nickelodeon_Magazine Sanjay and Craig

Just like you I’m sure you’re worried about perpetuating stereotypes. I’m totally against stereotypes and if NickMag and Papercutz can pull this off, I will be more than happy! Let’s take a look inside as well.


Ok so from looking at the first page, not only are the authors keeping the characters authentic looking, the food seems to be authentic as well. I know I’ve had my share of yummy samosas.

I also know that kids are fussy eaters and it looks like our Sanjay and his sidekick Craig (whatever species he is) are no different.

You know what? #diversity for the win. Add this to your 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge list.


Books Young Adult

Congressman John Lewis Rocked Me at BEA#13

There comes a time in your life when things happen serendipitously, which makes the occurrence all that more special.   My trip to New York to attend BEA13 was such a trip.  You hafta take each experience as it comes and be in the moment (thanks John Kabat Zinn) and I’m happy to say that one of those experiences for me as meeting Congressman John Lewis.

I don’t talk politics much here but it important to me that kids are made aware of the past so that they can change the future.  It’s also important to me that kids of all races, ethnicities, orientations, etc can find books that appeal to them.  That’s why I was thrilled to discover that Congressman Lewis has penned a graphic novel describing his activities during the Civil Rights era.

The novel, called March, debuts in September but Lewis was at BEA speaking and sharing the book with us.  I was lucky enough to get in line and meet the Congressman myself!

Cong John Lewis BEA

I’ll share more about the book later because I think it’s an important piece to discuss.  To be sure, I’m not the only person who thought his book was monumental.  I received an email from Top Shelf Productions telling me about what happened at BEA.  And whaddaya know? My big ol mug was in the photo taken during BEA! Here’s the link to see the story.

Pretty awesome, right?