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Samantha Mabry’s Take on Book Banning

21 Oct

I came across this piece on Twitter last night and was very interested to read Samantha Mabry’s view on banning books. Samantha Mabry is the author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All  the Wind in the World. I’ve read both of these titles and loved them and I’m always interested to hear what authors have to say in interviews and written pieces.

Samantha’s point is that the feeling of finding a book that is made just for you, doesn’t happen with every book you read. She found her book  that she felt was written just for her at the age of 34 – she went 34 years before connecting to a book that was that powerful to her. And when schools and libraries ban reading material – it offers less of a chance for kids to find their story.

She also points out that curriculum that promotes and encourages diverse voices helps readers to find stories that mirror their lives and feel as though they’re written just for them. And as a librarian or teacher, it is our job to read these books and booktalk them to kids because a book that speaks to me, will most likely not speak to someone else the same way, but that’s what makes it so special when you find that just-right-book – it’s magical.

Check out her whole article on Bustle!


20 Titles to Create a Classroom Community

11 Aug

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There’s a lot of talk about reading a book a day during the school year, the importance of reading aloud to students and the need to teach and show kids empathy and kindness in today’s world. This is a wonderful list of titles that you can share at any time of year, but would make a great way to start the school year – expecting kindness from every student in the classroom and using picture books to show that expectation.

  1. You’re Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt
  2. One by Kathryn Otoshi
  3. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  4. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  5. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  6. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  7. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton
  8. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  9. Be A Friend by Salina Yoon
  10. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
  11. Zen Ties by Jon Muth
  12. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose and Hannah Hoose, illustrated by Debbie Tilley
  13. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
  14. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
  15. Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
  16. It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
  17. Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  18. The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds
  19. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  20. We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

“Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading in Print”

27 Feb

You may have already seen this article written by a journalist from The Washington Post, but I feel inclined to share it!  Surveys show that millennials have a tendency to prefer reading in print for pleasure and learning rather than using an electronic device.  Surprising as many of us have lived in a digital world for most (or all) of our lives.

I am one of the many who strongly prefer print – I’d rather read actual books and find myself printing articles out to read for learning – I just learn better and enjoy it more.  A study done by Baron earlier this year showed that people have a tendency to skim while reading on a screen, while reading print takes longer, but more is taken away from it as well.

This is a really interesting conversation because, I know in our school district, high school students receive a laptop for work and middle school students receive iPads – there are few, if any, printed textbooks available for students.  I am curious to see what becomes of studies like this and if publishers will find ways to provide both options without costing an arm and a leg.

What do you think?  Do you prefer print or digital?

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