I’m working on an interactive learning area for the media center and decided to discuss plans with my colleague, Jackie. Isn’t it amazing what happens when colleagues talk? One thing leads to another, to another and to another! Of course we discussed what’s popular in our media centers and from there it went to keeping track of series and then I think it went to authors, or was it technology again?  Recently her students watched a video of author Sharon Draper, one of their favorites and the were enraptured! We talked about the availability of  authors on Skype and the possibility of visits from local authors and we discussed the migration from distance learning to online conferencing and Skype. I’ve learned from blogging that YA authors, the really good ones, don’t just write books but they’re committed to education, to promoting literacy and to making a difference in student’s lives and they know the difference they can make just by showing up.

Walter Dean Myers has teamed up with Adlit.org to create the Second Chance Initiative. On their webpage, you’ll find

  • a reading guide for Dopestick
  • ,three free chapters of the book
  • author podcasts

I was really impressed with the podcasts and would have uploaded ‘Myers on Race’ but I’d have to pay to increase my blog services with WordPress in order to do that and given that I’m considering moving my blog, I can’t justify doing that. But, do go to the site and listen, I think you’ll want to use these resources with students. Obviously, Myers is one author who cares about students!

I have to quickly mention that Miss Domino’s blog made me aware of the fact that titles from Kimani Tru, Ni Ni Simone and Baby Daniels have been included on the ALA’s Recommended List for Reluctant Readers.  Also there is L Divine’s Drama High Series, Perfect Chemistry, I love yous are for white people by Lac Su (and I still want to read this!!), and Dopestick.  I think that’s it. I think that’s all of the PoC titles among the 101. I guess PoC students aren’t reluctant readers and then, it’s only African Americans who are.

I gotta thank my Colts for a great season and give a might CONGRATULATIONS to the Saints!

2 thoughts on “

  1. The issue of “reluctant readers” came up at that librarians’ book club in Westchester–they don’t like the term, but I’m not sure why it’s pejorative–what do you think? Is it code for black kids or something?


  2. I think some may see it as a code for students with low ability reading levels, and too often this seems to be minority students. Myself and the teachers with whom I work know that all we have to do is find what students like to read and we can work magic. I think the reluctance is on the part of the publishers who won’t give ALL students what they want to read!


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