Diversity Reading Challenge

Me, Myself & Him by Chris Tebbetts. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE.

Me, Myself and Him


Here’s a book that you need but don’t know you need. Why is that? Because #1 if you’re looking for books containing an LGBTQ hero, here’s your book. But not because it’s your typical Coming Out. Story. While those are important, we’re past that. We need books where the kids are out and they’re living their lives (not everyone is Tiny Dancer, even though we love him too).

The problem with LGBTQ kids living their lives in Me, Myself, and Him is that there are alternating realities in this book. Whaaaaaaaaaat?

Yep. So if you don’t like the first timeline, hang around til the next chapter and you’ll get to the OTHER reality. Or vice versa. Or maybe you’ll like both timelines? So, yeah. That’s not REALLY a problem is it?

When Chris Schweitzer takes a hit of whippets and passes out face first on the cement, his nose isn’t the only thing that changes forever. Instead of staying home with his friends for the last summer after high school, he’s shipped off to live with his famous physicist but royal jerk of a father to prove he can “play by the rules” before Dad will pay for college.

Or . . . not.

So. Much. Fun.

I don’t need to tell you that this qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge, right?

Children Diversity Reading Challenge

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 2

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays


Welcome back to our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our second book is

Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood.

Azalea is not happy about being dropped off to look after Grandmother Clark. Even if she didn’t care that much about meeting the new sixth graders in her Texas hometown, those strangers seem much preferable to the ones in Paris Junction. Talk about troubled Willis DeLoach or gossipy Melinda Bowman. Who needs friends like these!
And then there’s Billy Wong, a Chinese-American boy who shows up to help in her grandmother’s garden. Billy’s great-aunt and uncle own the Lucky Foods grocery store, where days are long and some folks aren’t friendly. For Azalea, whose family and experiences seem different from most everybody she knows, friendship has never been easy. Maybe this time, it will be.
Inspired by the true accounts of Chinese immigrants who lived in the American South during the civil rights era, these side by side stories–one in Azalea’s prose, the other in Billy’s poetic narrative–create a poignant novel and reminds us that friends can come to us in the most unexpected ways.

I want you to read this book because, like me, I had limited knowledge of the Chinese population in the South during the 50s and 60s. We need more books with Chinese characters, btw!



#TrueFriends is Something I Like as Much as Books

Imagine being an author and getting to write books. Good right? So now imagine if you have 3 other friends who also write books for kids. Pretty awesome, right?

Well that’s what happened to Kirby Larson, Susan Hill Long, Augusta Scattergood, and Barbara O’Connor. Before I go on I MUST change my name to Scattergood, it is so UNCONVENTIONAL!! Anyway, these four author friends have written for books about friends. That’s so meta. And you know we librarians love meta.

And books. And friends.

So these genius authors created a hashtag called #TrueFriends to go along with their books. They created YouTube videos to talk about their books AND there’s a downloadable that can be used for teaching: it contains writing prompts and other activities.


One of the books, Making Friends with Billy Wong, by Augusta Scattergood, just got added to my TBR list. I’m excited to see a book with an Asian character.  Diversity Reading Challenge, here we come!

Susan Hill Long’s Youtube video link is here.

Barbara O’Connor’s link is here.

Augusta Scattergood’s link is here.

And Kirby Larson’s link is here.

Wanna download the activity kit? Do it here.

So, be a friend not a bully and talk to your kids or other kids about being a #truefriend

Now, where do I sign up to change my name to Scattergood?


2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Banned Books

Banned Books Week-Day 2



8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

 Click the link for My review . Why this book is on the banned book list every year is beyond mystifying.


7.  The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is one of those books you need to read more than once to appreciate
the many facets of this beautiful story of two young friends.

This book is always on the list, it seems, for these reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
I dunno.  This book is real world. Again, what age group are you giving this to?

Have you read either of these books? What are your thoughts?  If you’re just now getting around to either, they qualify for the Diversity Challenge also.




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Diane Page and Mr. Zidderdeedee @SamiJoLien

I’ve just finished two books aimed at kids to help them deal with new situations. The series is about a little boy named, Little Boy.  hahahhaa ok but seriously. The little boy in the series,  gets a new stuffy and the two of them embark on new life experiences. I know there is at least one little girl out there (or boy) who still needs a stuffy when they are anxious.

That’s why Diane Page writes books.

As a children’s book author and educator, Diane Page has always known the value of friendships,
encouragement and everyday life lessons, so it’s no wonder that all three are found in her stories for children,
each exquisitely illustrated by Bruce Bigelow.

Bobbs and the Little Boy introduces young readers to a black-and-white
stuffed creature that develops a beautiful friendship with a boy, bringing him
smiles and helping him overcome fears. Page’s second book in the series,
Bobbs and the Little Boy Meet Agnes is full of fun and new life lessons
as the two friends make the acquaintance of a girl who moves to the



In Bobbs and the Little Boy, the two meet and learn to lean on each other as they try to figure out what’s going on. Who doesn’t need to snuggle with their stuffy and riddle out the day’s confusing situations?

And then, in Bobbs and the Little Boy Meet Agnes


The two meet their new neighbor Agnes.  They miss their former neighbors and wonder what kind of neighbor Agnes (a GIRL?!?!) will turn out to be. Turns out, Agnes has issues of her own with the move.

Who knew?

Diane Page knew.  Page’s next book is due in July and called Mr. Zidderdeedee.  Say that name without cracking a smile. You can’t can you. I could say that name all day long.

Mr. Zidderdeedee

Mr. Zidderdeedee

But did you know Mr. Zidderdeedee has a purpose? Without him our trees wouldn’t grow!




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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

I Heart Band #AtoZ Challenge



Hey there all you alphabet lovers! Today is dedicated to the letter I. The book I’d like to share with you is I <3 Band. That sideways stuff is supposed to be a heart, y’all! Anyway, there is a series for all of us former and forever band geeks!



FINALLY a series for us! Here’s what the series is about:

Holly Mead’s first day of seventh grade isn’t going as planned. Her brother ruins her carefully chosen outfit, she’s almost late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. Worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replaced her with Natasha, the pretty, smart, new French horn player! Holly is determined to get first chair, but Natasha is turning out to be some pretty stiff competition—and not just in band. Band might be a competition, but friendship isn’t—and Holly needs to figure it out before she loses Julia for good.

Sounds just like middle school, doesn’t it?  So, if you have a little bandie at home, get this series for them, surely there is something they can relate to!

I bet you’re wondering if I’m going to share a pic of me as a former band geek, aren’t you?


I’m not.

Just kidding.

Here I am

Pam Band Geek

circa 1980 something. After a parade.  Can you tell I’m saying “Hurry up and take the picture already!”?

Confession time: where you a bandie? What did you play?

Books Challenges Children

Ghost Buddy by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver [email protected]@y

Yes, you read that right, Henry “The Fonz” Winkler is the author of a book!  You may not know this, but Henry Winkler is very active in children’s programming and has written many, many books for kids. I was a Fonz fan and as you know, LOVE children’s books.

Keep reading for a special surprise!

You cannot imagine my joy when I was approached to read Winkler’s and Oliver’s latest endeavor, a series entitled: Ghost Buddy.  Here’s what they’re saying.

We are excited to celebrate Scholastic’s release of Ghost Buddy #2: Mind If I Read Your Mind? by New York Times-bestselling authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. Ghost Buddy #2 is the follow-up book to the very successful 1st in the series, Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero.  Comical characters and hilarious plots will delight your kids and bring a fun reading experience to the long days of summer.  It’s the perfect title for a family book club get-together!

I can’t agree more. The story, for middle grades, is about Billy Broccoli, a middle schooler who has trouble fitting in.  We’re introduced to Billy and his ghost buddy, Hoove in book one, Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero. It’s a story everyone can relate to.  What I love MOST about the series is that there is a great ethnic blend of children: one in a wheelchair, an Indian (South Asian) child, one of Hispanic heritage, etc.  AND these kids do not act like stereotypical ethnic groups!! High five for Winkler and Oliver for getting it RIGHT!

Everyone can identify with a kid who doesn’t fit in but desperately wants to.  Billy and Hoove have an adventure and they each learn a thing or two along the way about themselves and friendship. This series is great for teachers.  Scholastic, who thinks of everything, even has a teachers guide.

Intrigued?  Wanna get your hands on the first book in the series Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero? I’m giving away a copy!  Leave a comment below and I’ll choose a winner. Contest ends September 20th at Midnight EST.  SUPER EASY GIVEAWAY, right?

How cute is that book cover?  You’re gonna love it as much as I did.  I give the book four paws for ethnic diversity and teaching a lesson without being pedantic.