Literacy Love


This has been a fun week of grad school!  The topics have been literacy and reading, both of which are dear to my heart.  I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that out of all the reasons one chooses to become a school librarian, a love of reading and a passion for literacy usually top the list.
Here are the assignments I’ve had the pleasure to complete this week:

  • Complete a young adult book search for a fictional teacher and class
    The book search had to fulfill a number of criteria, including a classification as multicultural fiction.
  • Interview a school librarian about his or her role in teaching and learning and in promoting literacy and reading, how to help students build life-long learning skills, and about school library program management

To add to the excitement, it’s also Banned Books Week.  Although book censorship is on the decline, it’s still important to celebrate the freedom we have to read what we want, remember that we haven’t always had that freedom, and realize that we have librarians to thank for that.

Due to all the book and literacy-related activities this week, my TBR (to be read) list has grown some.  Here are the books I’ve added, thanks to the librarian I interviewed, the top ten challenged books list put together by the ALA, and the YA book searches by my fellow classmates:

The Book Whisperer, by Donalyn Miller
(Librarian recommended)

This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki
(Most challenged book?  Challenge accepted!)

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
(I ran across this one in my YA book search.  Not fiction, but very highly rated.)

Esperanza Rising, by Pan Muñoz Ryan
(My ultimate YA book search result.)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry series, by Mildred D. Taylor
(From a classmate’s YA book search.  I did not know this was a series!)

I’m looking forward to some good reads this weekend!



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