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When we grow up not finding ourselves represented in popular media and educational curricula it becomes just a little harder to creatively imagine our futures, to explore our identities, to try on different ways of being; all of which are essential aspects of development.
Shame thrives in invisibility and silence. This is why representation is a critical aspect of diversity work. But we need to also be mindful of how easily a complicated idea like diversity becomes code for one flattened out thing. That thing is usually the visual representation of race. As authors and educators, editors and publishers, we need to notice how this is missing the forest for the trees.
To accomplish this we need to think not only of diversity but also of inclusion. But all too often diversity becomes code for visual representation of races other than white. When talk of diversity expands beyond race it still ends up looking very much like a checklist of compartmentalized identities.
Can we get a child in a wheelchair?
Can the doctor be African American, and a woman? For me, this is where inclusion comes in. Instead the goal of inclusion is simply that readers find a space for themselves in our stories, and that they can bring all of who they are to the reading experience, or at least as much of who they are as they want or can.
For adults I often describe the difference between diversity and inclusion as the difference between entering a room and seeing folks who look like you, and entering a room and feeling like you belong. Inclusion creates a space for them to explore not only multiple parts of their experience but also how those experiences are woven together in their bodies and lives.
Whenever possible, particularly with young kids, I would say we want them to fill in blanks, not check boxes. Writing inclusion then, means leaving spaces, rather than adding boxes. Thinking about diversity and inclusion should not be an either or proposition.
We need both, desperately. We need more representation, not only of race, but also of gender and bodies, ideas and experience. And thanks to this site, I have broadened my span of genres and now can say I love many different types of books, and no longer am locked in the narrow genres that I was before.
I still don't enjoy sci-fi or fantasy, nor do I read erotica or political fiction. Besides reading, I love to cook and bake and have over coookbooks also. I have not listed them here on LibraryThing as it seems like a very overwhelming task at this time! I hardly ever watch tv, as I have my own library at my disposal at any time, and I have found that my imagination is normally MUCH better than a movie anyway. And last but not least I am a kindle junkie - you will rarely find me without my kindle and I love that I can carry my large collection with me wherever I go.
As I mentioned before, I love finding new authors to read and I enjoy writing reviews, so please feel free to contact me if you would like for me to review a book for you. I regularly submit to Amazon, Goodreads, and here on Librarything, and I also submit my reviews to a blog where I am a guest reviewer as well. As usual Van Draanen packs a punch for reluctant readers, and recognizes the beat and the beating of a different drummer. Compare with the marvelous Surviving Brick Johnson by Laurie Myers for a different kind of bully, and a different kind of solution.
Scavenging on the beach for bits of glass he can use to create something for the art fair that will impress the judges, he comes across the crash-landed ship of two extraterrestrials on the lam, willing to swap three wishes for the earthling's protection from scammer Dinn-Tauro, extraterrestrial junk dealer.
When Dinn-Tauro retaliates through Sean's subconscious, it may prove to be more than he bargained for. Smart and just a little bit snarky, this is more than a far-out science-fiction romp.
The relationship between Sean and his parents who are unspportive of his "starving artist" aspirations is a daring portrayal, as is the need for art, and friends who can see the world through artist-colored dreams, to restore the world to its proper order.
An unconventional book for your unconventional kid. A Tale of Hokusai by Francois Place published by Godine The spirited life of Hokusai, the incredibly prolific Japanese painter and printmaker most famous for his Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji, is seen through the eyes of his apprentice. The measured writing which may be a result of the translation is brought to life with the generous and glorious full-color ink and watercolor illustrations, capturing the charming detail and the humor of the little street seller Tojiro who is slowly but surely learning from a great master.
This is a book that you will hold in your hands and say, "how beautiful. The repercussions of moving from an agricultural to an industrial economy trickle down to the life and dreams of a child in this sensitive story that is a must-read for future consumers and future art appreciators. Great for classroom discussion.
Told in graphic detail is the struggle of ten-year-old Frank Russell, who is the man of the house when his father and older brother leave him with his grandparents, pregnant mother and the family slave.
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As the family's quality of life declines and the horrors and losses of war reveal themselves, Frank comes to realize that the army is composed of individuals, and as individuals, there are decisions to be made; very, very difficult decisions. Frank on the homefront does us as proud as any soldier, as does this author who through a child's eyes offers us an unrelentingly immediate portrayal of a war that, inleft Virginia with a fifth of the budget going to artificial limbs. This book is amazingly brave in so many ways, not only in its complex tackling of slavery from a southern perspective but in its willingness to question, who really benefits from a war?
A novel of its time, a novel for our time. The mix gets stickier when a sixth grader takes Amanda under her wing, while Winnie pairs up with someone less popular. Spattered with hip details like glittery eyeshadow, snagging the new Seventeen or all wearing the same-color shirts, girls will be laughing out loud with a resounding chorus of "oh, yeah. On a scale of one to ten for modern friendship stories, this does rate an eleven.
When Sarah "borrows" a doll from her blind neighbor to lure Paige back, both girls realize that maybe the price for popularity may be a little too high and with too few rewards.
While Bauer's characters may not be your favorite people in the world, their foibles are painfully true to life and their choices make for good discussion. A Reliable Record of Humdrum Peril and Romance by Francois Place published by Candlewick Life as a schoolmistress seems far less glamorous than Mable might have hoped, as Mable's turn of the century diary chronicles the delights, and more often the disappointments, of her relocation to her sister's home.
In an effort to snag a little sizzle in the hum-drum Canadian town, Mable hooks up with a scandalous eccentric who brings out Mable's deepest aspiration: In the course of this offbeat mentorship, Mable joins her Ladies Reading Society, which turns out to be a front for suffragettes and offers Mable a little more action than she had anticipated. The diary form accentuates the character's strong voice, who could possibly be a second cousin to Anne of Green Gables.
Mable's reflections, questions, and many high-spirited exclamations pepper the writing, but most entertaining are her histrionic but earnest attempts at writing don't worry, Mable, it takes a while to hone that talent! A faux-imprinted leather cover and rough-edged pages make this book feel like a discovered diary in an attic, which makes sense, because it was such a diary written by the author's grandmother that served as inspiration for this book.
The circle continues, as this book will inspire the diary-writer in literary-hearted girls everywhere. Out of one pressure cooker and into the frying pan she flies when she brings home a terrible report card on purpose, just to prove a point. Will the grown ups ever get it: The master of the straightforward school story remember our favorite, Frindle? Living with her protective mother on a houseboat, it isn't until the seventh grade that Emily begins to discover her strange capability for transformation during a swimming class the descriptions of her alarm the first couple of times she gives it a whirl are quite convincing.
Her new form is her ticket to an underwater city where questions about her origins are answered. A romantic fantasy that shimmers with imagination. Abandoned as a child at a hotel by the sea, he is eager to stay a welcome part of their circle, so in an effort to keep their identity a secret, he disguises them as hotel guests. The nasty proprieter smells something fishy, but these folks are not so easy to catch.
This tender, funny chapter book tips the scales as a read-aloud. Skiff Beaman's life in a small Maine town has been on the rocks since the loss of his mother, the decline of his father and the decay of the boat that is their source of income.
Skiff is further downtrodden by the relentless indignities put upon him by a wealthy neighbor boy.
A catch of a giant blue tuna that he can sell for sushi might give them the economic boost they need to get back on their feet, so using a small boat and the harpoon created by his father and a bit of advice he remembers from his mother, he sets out to save the day.
First-person perspective adds to the story's intensity and our investment in this underdog's success. Great multicultural story alert! This award-winning author is at her best in this thrilling, chilling escapade. Sixth grader Alvin is suffocated by his mother's well-interntioned protectiveness in their Washington D.
He decides to follow in his footsteps quite literally, using the money he was saving for a bicycle to set venture out to the North Pole. If the hour freezing train ride to Churchill doesn't kill him, the walrus stew will!
Friendship with an Inuit tribe might be the key to survival in an adventure story that even might have even raised Jack London's eyebrow. While the turn of events may, at times, be a little far-fetched, there isn't a child who won't be cheering Alvin on and living vicariously so far out of reach from the safety and familiarity of the home. Why the publisher decided to release such a wintry story in summer is beyond me, but hey, the descriptions of the North Pole in January work better than air-conditioning.
But what nobody knows is the amazing adventures Winchell is having right before his birthday. Whether he's been transfigurmatated into a turtle, a brontasaurus ballplayer, a kindergartener with a posterior like a plunger, or a consultant along with Abe Lincoln in regard to the marvelous Gratchkea, one thing's for sure, little Winchell stink-pink-dink-fink-Mink is living life to the fullest, and to the zaniest. Offbeat humor and inventive writing has a cinematic quality that is heaven's gift to the short attention span; this book really needs to come with a seat belt, because the adventures come faster than the speed limit for most books.
Besides which, I'll bet you can't go five pages without laughing. Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye Geronimo Stilton published by Holiday House Geronimo Stilton's position as editor-in-chief of the Rodent's Gazette and beloved bestselling author throughout all of Mouse Island leads him into an awful lot of adventures! With the help of his family members, he investigates haunted houses, finds lost treasure and cavorts with Egyptian mummies.
These highly graphic romps have funky fonts and full-color pictures throughout which is very unusual for a chapter book! Intelligence and problem-solving is as highly valued as a wedge of Camembert in every episode, and the easy-breezy-extra-cheesy readability makes for a high-confidence choice for new and reluctant readers.
The Speaker is supposed to translate the wishes of the higher power, known only through the oracle, but her own self-serving ambitions are hinted at in a note passed from the high power before his sacrifice to meek Mirany, handmaiden to the high priestess.
The betrayal of the oracle could mean disaster, but to stop the dastardly deceptions that abound will require Miranda to call upon a courage she may or may not posess. The author's background as an archaeologist comes through clearly as the language flows and twists like the knotted tributaries along the Nile, and you can nearly feel the dust of ancient times coating your face as you read.
A labyrinth plot and richly imagined characters with an extra helping of villains! No matter, because Otto Hush is positively hum-drum, not a dollop of magic in his blood. But when Otto's twin sisters begin to fly, the secret's out: The main comment I heard about this book was, "it's not like any other fantasy.
Isn't there a bit of magic in every family? There certainly will be for the one that has this on the shelf. A Ninja's Tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel published by Clarion Twins are considered bad enough luck in 16th century Japan, but when Koji's clumsiness loses him a valuable artisan apprenticeship, he becomes a pariah, fleeing to the forest. He is captured by a band of ninjas, deft and focused warriors whose fighting skills cannot be matched.
The training and missions of Koji, and the dawning of his destiny will keep readers absolutely riveted. Koji's growing understanding of his role in the feudal society, strong personal relationships and his desire to keep a code of honor will go far to help children understand that the Teenage Mutant Turtles didn't have anything on the real McCoy!
In spite of the dangers and action, the violence in is at a minimum, but the page-turning stays at a maximum. This book earns a black belt for excellence. See Sweepstakes Card Inside! Though the big rule in the book is "don't touch anything," children were actually yanking on the book for a chance to join Theo in his test drive of the new Jump-Man, the machine that is all the rage with teens from the year 15, Granted, it's pretty rad to become invisible and be able to travel anywhere in time and view salient points in history first-hand even beats TV!
Stuck there for awhile, he finds friendship and even a little bit of romance while figuring out his way back. Propers have to be given for the use of technology and invention that went into this book, and with its modern graphic novel cover appeal and traditional storytelling talent, I predict a bright future for this series.
It is true, she is a mouse!
But such talent should not be reserved for rodentkind alone, oh, no! It must be shared with all! Therein lies the conflict for our determined little diva, and her belief in her dream will earn her applause and roses from her readers. Prima's scolding of Meowsky and the performance of the Nutcracker who gets to be the Mouse King?
And of course, what ballerina doesn't spend some time in gay Paris? Tusa's flighty, funny spot illustrations add a lot to the narrative's graceful line.
Month: September 2013
Little ones listening in might also enjoy Time for Ballet by Adele Geras, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas Candlewick to bring home the pointe that this fancy dance is fun! When the children discover the parents haven't lost their marbles but instead have been following "how to get your kids to listen" advice from a magazine article, there's nothing to do but fight fire with fire! All is fair in this family war, and this wholesome, high-spirited reading is perfect fare for your new chapter-book reader, or for a discussion on the need for family rules and good communication.
In order to pass, the children must create stuffed "animiles" stitch count not to exceed four s. The story takes quite a fantastic turn midsection, though, when Leon makes a doll of his teacher and discovers that he can control her every move by using it.
The book brims with mystery is Miss Hagmeyer's hair really held on with velcro? What are all of those funny eyeballs she keeps locked away? And what on earth is The Hag doing with all those stuffed animals? The story's great strength, however, resides in Hagmeyer's willingness to redirect her curriculum based on the best of what she has to share.