This last week was the worst I can remember for the United States. Any other plans can wait; our national and international heartbreak must take precedence. I was so moved by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Opinion piece yesterday that I want to quote an excerpt here:
“Fifty years ago, Marvin Gaye sang in “Inner City Blues”: “Make me wanna holler / The way they do my life.” And today, despite the impassioned speeches of well-meaning leaders, white and black, they want to silence our voice, steal our breath.

So what you see when you see black protesters depends on whether you’re living in that burning building or watching it on TV with a bowl of corn chips in your lap waiting for “NCIS” to start.

What I want to see is not a rush to judgment, but a rush to justice.”

A rush to justice.  To that end, I will be researching, remembering, and recommending literature for children and adolescents that point to action for anti-racism. In the meantime, this blog lists a few previous recommendations: Anti-Racist Book Recommendations for Children and Adolescents
We’ve been immersing ourselves in some of the amazing books about The Great Influenza of 1918,” and hope to introduce some of our finds to you and your family during the month of June and beyond.  Speaking for myself, I can’t bring myself to read the novels that have been written imagining pandemics in the 21st century. After all, we are living that particular horror story.  But I am loving reading about the Great Influenza of a century ago.  The parallels are stunning! I guarantee you will be hooked by these photos from the 1918 pandemic.   How did we as a culture forget: the necessity of quarantine; face masks; shut-down theaters, schools, professional sports; a rising death toll. . .  I am reading adult non-fiction, which I’ll be blogging about, and also a lot of excellent literature for children and adults–both historical fiction and picture books, as well as non-fiction across the ages.  So stay tuned!  You might want to dig into an intriguing YA novel I just reviewed:  In the Shadow of Blackbirds

We also plan to continue to post about ways to implement new reading-at-home routines with your families, as well as sharing strategies, and book suggestions. Check out our recent posts on social justice issues and a look into movements through history as well as current labor struggles. We are aiming for interactive ideas as well. We think you will appreciate the picture book story of an important Labor song: WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?:  THE STORY OF A SONG.  We plan to share ideas from Howard Zinn’s educational website as well as Pete Morgan’s stories and information at Radical Tea Towels.  Like everything else that’s happening as we live la vie pandemic, there are lots of surprises in store as we struggle to figure out each new day and the projects and readings that emerge. Stay safe and revisit us soon.


This Week: Anti-Racist Book Recommendations for Children and Adolescents

Last Week: In the Shadow of Blackbirds:  YA Novel of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

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12 Responses to NEW!

  1. imnotreallyawriter says:

    I love, love, love your site! I am on my way to the library now with a list of books you’ve recommended to check out. Thank you!

  2. Meghan says:

    You made my day! Thank you! If there are ever any special book types or ages you’re interested in, let us know… we’re always happy to have an excuse to explore a new subject or idea.

  3. imnotreallyawriter says:

    I have a four year old girl who loves books, so if there is a subject she’s burning to know more about I will make a request. 🙂 Thank you!

  4. marydventura says:

    Yeah! Don’t forget Free Comic Book Day!!! This Saturday, May 7th!

  5. rosefamily says:

    I know! This is the firs year I’m taking the kids… I can’t wait.

  6. mariandog says:

    Ha, that is so cute picture, little mouse 😀

  7. Jane Watson says:

    What are suggested book titles to read as an introduction to a Parent Workshop ELA K – 2 and Grades 3 – 5. Something to get parents motivated about sharing books with their child.

  8. ruthlit says:

    I would suggest the above link to share with parents, or some of the lists from within it. They could choose from classic read-aluds to “read by myself” books. Let me know what you decide! I’d love to hear how your workshop goes!

  9. Samara Orosz says:

    WOW You made my day! Thank you! If there are ever any special book types or ages you’re interested in, let us know… we’re always happy to have an excuse to explore a new subject or idea. play doh

  10. Lorraine Miller says:

    thank you for sharing these inspirational stories with us!

  11. ruthlit says:

    I’m so glad you find them useful and inspiring!

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