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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 20

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

Black History Month is a great time to discover new authors and illustrators of color. I’ve been crushing on Kadir Nelson for some time now, and try as I might, he seems to allude me.  What better way to celebrate his beautifully moving illustrations by highlighting one book a day during Black History Month?

Just the Two of Us

 

Just the Two of Us

Will Smith & Kadir Nelson

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Diversity Reading Challenge

What I’m Reading: Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I gave Between the World and Me to my son at Christmas. After the holidays I realized #1 son had left the book behind and I’ll admit I was a little glad! I had wanted to read the book but it seemed silly to buy two copies. So here was my chance to read it. I’m kind of a fast reader and the book is rather slim, so I thought I’d zip through the book in no time.

 Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Between the world and me is not a book you rush through. Even though I’m Black I figured our Black experiences would be similar and I could simply shake my head in agreement and commiserate. Not so. Coate’s experience as a Black male is vastly different from mine. And certainly one worth listening to.

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.

I can’t say that I agree with every single point Coates makes. Partially ignorance, partially different upbringings, and partially different sexes have lead us in different directions. But yet, our experiences are far sides of the same coin. We are Black and have each learned a thing or two about how we are perceived and handled in the world. Coates’ book should really be taught in schools, as Toni Morrison says on the cover. I think open minded educators and students can learn from Coates’ thoughts. And students of color may see themselves in Coates’ struggle.

I plan to finish the book and have a chat with a girlfriend, who is White, and also reading it, when we are finished. It should be an interesting discussion. I don’t have all the answers but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. Again and again.

Sorry for being so deep this time. Every once in a while, I have to. When my littles are hurt and in pain, it bothers me and I have to speak out.

This title could definitely count toward the Diversity Challenge.

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Banned Books Children Young Adult

What’s In My Ear?

Do you love audiobooks as much as I do? Today’s question is what’s in my ear?

whatsinmyear

And I’ll give you a hint…

It’s a series. (duh)

It’s the first book in a quartet.

And that’s all you get.

Rhyme intended.

Any guesses? How many quartets are there?

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Books Children

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 20

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

Black History Month is a great time to discover new authors and illustrators of color. I’ve been crushing on Kadir Nelson for some time now, and try as I might, he seems to allude me.  What better way to celebrate his beautifully moving illustrations by highlighting one book a day during Black History Month?

Just the Two of Us

 

Just the Two of Us

Will Smith & Kadir Nelson

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Take Control of Your TBR Challenge

Son by Lois Lowry Take Control of Your TBR Pile

Take Control

Well it’s Monday and I’m still working through my TBR pile!  This past weekend, Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer had a read a thon but i just couldnt hang with it.  I guess my eyes are bigger than my stomach, as my mum used to say.

Anyway, I’ve just finished reading Son by Lois Lowry, and can I tell you I LOVED IT!!!!

Son Unconventional Librarian

In case you don’t know, Son is the last in The Giver quartet: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.  I’ve had this copy since last summer at BEA and I couldn’t wait to get to it and thought for sure I’d find time to read the first three books.  Fast forward to now.  I picked up the book and thought I’d struggle with following the story, you know how a series can be!

Not to be a spoiler, but here’s the basic premise: there’s this utopian (secretly dystopian) society, that is alarmingly similar to Handmaid’s Tale, but for children (think MG and older) in which everyone has a certain job to do and no one complains about how monotonous their lives are.  We meet a new heroine, Claire, who somehow escapes this utopia and falls into another world, reuniting characters from previous books.  Claire goes on a journey to find the answers to some questions.  Vague, I know, but I don’t wanna spoil it!

Run to your nearest bookstore or library and read this book TODAY.

So, I’m gonna keep on keeping on with Kimba and the Challenge.

takecontroltbr

Let me see what I’m going to read next. Two down!

Woot!!

 

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Books Children Young Adult

what should i read next?

Hi friends! I have a rare quick minute in which I’m not scheduled to read a book and i wanna read a kids book! Problem is, i have seven on my MUST READ NOW list and i can’t decide.  Can you help me pick what i should read next?

Here are the choices:

unconventional librarian

From the bottom:

  • Son, the final book in Lois Lowry’s The Giver quartet
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green (my bf) and David Levithan
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green (my bf)
  • Matched by Ally Condie (famous famous writer)
  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (Maria from Sesame Street!)
  • STAT by Amar’e Stoudemire (famous basketball guy)
  • All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature)

 

Help me choose, they all look SO GOOD!

p.s i smell a giveaway…