Seeds of America

Seeds of America trilogy: Chains, Forge, and Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson Atheneum, 2008-2016 I'm going to come right out and confess it: the Revolutionary War has never held much interest for me. In fact, American history as a whole and the Colonial period in particular have never quite captured my imagination the way other … Continue reading Seeds of America

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Penguin, 2014 352 pages I don’t read a lot of poetry, and I’m not entirely sure why. When my poetry-loving friends put up Facebook posts sharing a favorite line or two from what they’re currently reading, I always think, “How beautiful. I really should read more poetry.” Maybe verse is not … Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney; ill. by Stephen Alcorn Harcourt, 2000 Where I sit writing, in one of my city's newest public library branches, I can see people picking out magazines and books to read, checking out their materials, lounging in chairs with laptops propped on their … Continue reading Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

Banned Books Week: Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George; ill. John Schoenherr Harper & Row, 1972 155 pages Next week is Banned Books Week, when libraries, bookstores, and schools set up displays and hold events to call attention to books that have been censored in some way. Typically, these are books that local authorities have removed … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Julie of the Wolves