Spring 2020 edition
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This is such a special book and I’m SO excited for everyone to meet Josie Bloom, her friend Winky, and her grandfather (who would rather feed squirrels than pay bills). Winky and Josie seem so old and so young at the same time, the way they observe the world around them and try to compute and interact with new experiences, making them feel authentic and relatable. Both deal with their own set of circumstances, but they’re still inquisitive and adventurous kids who don’t even think to let problems define them. I love the community feel, the support from their teacher and the school librarian who encourage Josie and Winky to keep trying and engaging and learning. There were so many parts that made me laugh, especially Josie putting herself inside the back of a police car and “confessing.”
If you like historical fiction and strong female protagonists, then this book is for you! The Degenerates tells the story of four girls in their teens in the early 1900s who find themselves locked up in the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded for the things that make them different—whether that be because of a disability, sexual orientation, or their race. Maxine, her younger sister Rose, their friend Alice, and newcomer London find ways to beat the odds and support each other in the institution. But can they figure out how to escape with their lives? You’ll have to read on to find out. I loved this book because of its authentic characters that had me rooting for them in the face of adversity, and I know your students and patrons will, too.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish comes a powerful look at the evolution of voting rights in the United States, from our nation’s founding to the present day and the work that still needs to be done.
Nonfiction for the Classroom
Based on the Push Through movement that inspires kids worldwide, this is an empowering, energetic, and all-inclusive picture book that celebrates resilience in the face of adversity. The book’s text is inspired by a mantra written by the author for her third-grade students.
Kaleidosocope diversity spotlight