Hello Book Blog World!

With all of the craziness surrounding back-to-school…and our remote/hybrid learning planning, I have found myself reading less and writing about books less. This is an unusual time, so I am gaining some unusual habits; habits that I hope to break.

Over the last few weeks, I have added: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum.

A multiple award winner and I understood why. The story was powerfully told in verse, in an elevator. I couldn’t put this one down.

I have been doing a lot of reading on racism, antiracism, and reading BIPOC fiction authors and this one made also consider my role as a white teacher with BIPOC students. Tatum gives important information on how racial identity develops in people (especially adolescents) and where some of the most common stereotypes come from.

I wish I could have taken her course in education school, but I got a lot out of the book for my students now.

Any other suggestions to add to my TBR?

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