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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays: Dumplin!

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

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Welcome back to  our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our third book is Dumplin by Julie Murphy.

dumplin

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

You might not classify this book as diversity but I do. Although Will is white, she is a large girl. A fat girl, in her own words. And we all know how teens can suffer if they are deemed fat. What I love about Will is that she doesn’t hate her body like many fat girls, but she also has an edge to her; in a I’m going to reject you before you reject me sort of way. And also, she becomes sort of a hero to the other misfit girls at the school. A reluctant hero to a group of misfits who have bad attitudes.  Also? Texas!

I know I’m tired of the fat best friend trope, aren’t you? Here’s one that breaks that.

Also? It’s a Netflix movie! Have you seen it?

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Books Children Reviews

Let’s Hear it for Almigal!

Let’s Hear it for Almigal by Wendy Kupfer is hands down one of the best books I’ve read lately for children! Our heroine, the hearing aid wearing and spunky little Alimgal, is the kind of protagonist every child’s book should contain. Almigal wears a hearing aid but still lives a full life doing things other little kids do: playing, having sleepovers, and attending school. But this little heroine is better because she shows readers that you don’t always have to be perfect to be in a good book.

Kiddos to the author and illustrator for depicting children of mixed ethnicities and abilities in this delightful little book. I love that Almigals friends are African-American , Hispanic, wear glasses, are twins, and even speak sign language! Kids, even little kids, want to be able to identify with the character they’re reading in a book. They want to see someone who is like them and in Almigal they’ve found it. There is something for everyone in this book.

I especially love that Almigal isn’t perfect as kids with disabilities are often depicted ( Disney channel): kids who don’t get I trouble or in time out.

Get this book for every child who has ever felt different or out of place or who wears a hearing aid or who just likes a good book!

I give this book 4 paws cuz it’s perfect!

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays DAY 3: Dumplin by Julie Murphy

The 12 Books of #Diversity
for the Holidays
Day Three

3-books-of-diversity

Welcome back to  our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our third book is Dumplin by Julie Murphy.

dumplin

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

You might not classify this book as diversity but I do. Although Wil is white, she is a large girl. A fat girl, in her own words. And we all know how teens can suffer if they are deemed fat. What I love about Wil is that she doesn’t hate her body like many fat girls, but she also has an edge to her; in a I’m going to reject you before you reject me sort of way. And also, she becomes sort of a hero to the other misfit girls at the school. A reluctant hero to a group of misfits who have bad attitudes.  Also? Texas!

I know I’m tired of the fat best friend trope, aren’t you? Here’s one that breaks that.

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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!

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I’ll chose a random winner and announce it Sunday evening. The winner may choose a prize from the Prizes page at 24hourreadathon.com.  You’ll need to fill out the form noting that you are an hourly challenge winner and the name of the challenge (Diversity).

 

KEEP GOING, YOU CAN DO IT!!

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books Young Adult

The Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

Have you heard about The Blind Guide to Stinkville? It’s on my radar, check it out:

What do you think? Sounds great, right? I’m so excited to read it and learn about albinism!

 

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Books

King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan

If there was ever a book that combined everything I love about reading this is it! Taking place in Lahore, young Malik and his sibs participate in the annual kite festival.  What I love about this book is that young Malik is in a wheelchair! I love that he is differently abled and while his representation is noted it’s not THE thing that the book hangs on. He’s just a boy who’s wicked good at flying a kite. 90 thousand star rating.

I love this book so much I thought I’d share it with you in a reading. Wanna see it? Check out the illustrations, they are GORGEOUS!

Isn’t that the best story ever?

Thank you Lee & Low for this book!

KINGFORADAY

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Children

It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

I love the book It’s Okay to be Different because it shows the lils just exactly what different is: having no hair, to having different moms and dads, to having a dog as a friend, there’s no end to what being different is.  The point Parr makes is that it’s ok.  And sometimes the lil ones need to hear that from a book with pictures that make sense to them.

Here I am reading it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

What did you think of the book?

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Books Children Reviews

Let’s Hear it for Almigal!

Let’s Hear it for Almigal is hands down one of the best books I’ve read lately for children! Our heroine, the hearing aid wearing and spunkyhn little Alimgal, is the kind of protagonist every child’s book should contain. Almigal wears a hearing aid but still lives a full life doing things other little kids do: playing, having sleepovers, and attending school. But this little heroine is better because she shows readers that you don’t always have to be perfect to be in a good book.

Kiddos to the author and illustrator for depicting children of mixed ethnicities and abilities in this delightful little book. I love that Almigals friends are African American , Hispanic, wear glasses, are twins, and even speak sign language! Kids, even little kids, want to be able to identify with the character they’re reading in a book. They want to see someone who is like them and in Almigal they’ve found it. There is something for everyone in this book.

I especially love that Almigal isn’t perfect as kids with disabilities are often depicted ( Disney channel): kids who don’t get I trouble or in time out.

Get this book for every child who has ever felt different or out of place or who wears a hearing aid or who just likes a good book!

I give this book 4 paws cuz it’s perfect!