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#WeNeedDiverseBooks because:
I couldn’t find one with two gay grannies.

Our Children’s Book List

Book rec - Tides by Betsy Cornwell has an adorable pair of in love grannies.

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The Freedom Summer MurdersThe Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. I believe everyone should know about the Freedom Summer murders and what the South was like during the Civil Rights movement to understand the issues and problems we still face today. This book could have been that book that every single teen in this country should be required to read, but sadly it’s not.

While the beginning is strong and powerful the narrative gets lost in choppy narration and jumping around chronologically that happens after the first 50 pages or so. The book was extremely dense with lots of details packed in and I can’t imagine a teen or most adult readers taking the time to wade through the very detailed text that could be confusing at times.

That said this is still a very worthwhile book and the first few chapters would be a great introduction to teaching a unit on the Civil Rights Movement or voting rights.

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Where does one even go to buy such a sticker? #flanneryoconnor #reading




Parent calls cops on teen for giving free books away at a free book giveaway

So, this happened: Someone called the cops on a teenager for giving away free books.

At—wait for it—a book giveaway event.

Just last week, we wrote about the difficulties Sherman Alexie’s acclaimed Young Adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, had faced during its four-year-run as one of the most banned books in the U.S.

Two weeks ago, parents in the Idaho school district of Meridian successfully campaigned to remove Alexie’s novel from its 10th-grade reading curriculum and additional reading lists.

Wednesday night, irate parents literally called the cops to the scene where Meridian teens were passing out free copies of Alexie’s novel. Boise news station KBOI reported that even the cops were baffled about why they’d been asked to police a book giveaway.

A National Book Award-winner, The Absolutely True Diary is a searing coming-of-age story about a Native American teenager who decides to attend an all-white high school outside of his reservation. It’s a powerful narrative about modern race relations in the U.S. But the Meridian school board sided with parents who objected to its alleged sexual and anti-Christian content, along with, as noted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, other stuff:

[A]n adult named Lonnie Stiles complained that the Alexie novel contains language “we do not speak in our home.”

Apparently the adults who objected to the book weren’t thinking about the teens living on Idaho’s four Native American reservations


My favorite part?

"Alexie’s publisher, Hachette Book Group, has responded to the students’ campaign [which got the cops called] by sending Rediscovered Books an additional 350 copies. So if you’re in Meridian, go pick up a free copy."

Alexie for every child.

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“The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

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What’s the verdict? Are you worth kidnapping?

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Working hard at building Lego cars. #librarians have the best jobs.

Indeed why is the story of the woman soldier missing from the American narrative?