Banned Books

Banned Book Week: Tough Questions…

Banned Book Week

Tough questions…


Confronting banned books makes you stop and think. Why do I feel this way? Are my feelings valid, biased, or conflicted? If you stop and think about it, you can probably understand why a parent would want to ban a book. But choosing books for your child  is a right of each parent, not a school board or other governing body.

That said, some people have gone to jail over their decisions regarding banned books.  What banned book would you go to jail defending?

Me? Probably I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

What about you?


Good Writers Live in Our Hearts Forever: Maya Angelou and Walter Dean Myers

It’s true: while we want our fave writers to live forever, it’s just not possible. I mean, realistically, what would it be like if Shakespeare was still alive today? He’d be like 350 years old right? The thing is, writers never really die. Their legacies live on forever in our hearts. Your fave line or illustration will always make you smile; that’s why it’s your favorite.

We’ve lost two memorable writers of color this year: Maya Angelou and Walter Dean Myers.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
— Maya Angelou




I’ve reviewed Myers’ books before.  Take a look herehere, here, and here. I’ve read most of Maya Angelou’s books, too, I just haven’t reviewed them. Guess we should rectify that.


“We all think we’re different, but when it comes around, we end up needing the same things. Somebody to love us. Somebody to respect us.” 
— Walter Dean Myers (Carmen)


Thanks for always giving us a good word, Maya and Walter and for showing the world that people of color do have a voice and it’s relevant.


Today is my Birthday – a rhyme

Today is my birthday

and so I will rhyme

to help me remember

all of the good times

we’ve  had together this past year!

ok so

Maya Angelou shouldnt worry about losing her job as poet laureate

but I do want to say Thank You for

making this past year


and I wish you

many volumes of

good wishes!

thanks for the memories

look forward to many more!