Diversity Reading Challenge

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal a #Cybils YA Fiction Finalist

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight

im not dying with you tonight

I’m not Dying with You Tonight was a finalist in the Cybils YA Fiction category and WOW! what a fast ride! I love books that start up on the action immediately and this book did not disappoint. It’s a fast read and had my stomach in knots the whole time.

Lena and Campbell aren’t friends.

Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she’s going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school.

When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together.

They aren’t friends. They hardly understand the other’s point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they’re going to survive the night.

You get a glimpse into the mindset of each person and it’s so interesting, especially if you recognize yourself in the situation. So many options for teaching with this book. I’m glad I read it.

Also qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge!



6 Books for the Growing Activists in Your Family

 6 Books for the
Growing Activists in Your Family

Do you consider yourself an activist? An activist is someone who pushes to make society a better place.  There are many different types of activism; from animal and human rights to art to gardening. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s probably a cause that could use your help.  

Banned Books

Banned Book Week: Why are Books Challenged?


What do you think about this list? Should books containing these themes be banned? Have you ever read any banned books as a child or let your child read banned books? Why or why not?

Blogging Children

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

nelson Mandela

As the world joins in mourning for an iconic leader of peace, I had to share a book with you from one of my fave illustrators, Kadir Nelson.  No memorial  would be complete without this beautifully illustrated biography.


One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.

Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy’s determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela’s triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.


Nelson has beautifully illustrated other books, including my fave book about Harriet Tubman, simply titled: Moses.

Please enjoy this collage I made taken from photographs from one of his many biographies.



Did you write about your memories of Mandela?  Link them up here so we can all enjoy!