Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Looking for a collection of short stories highlighting the lives of 10 diverse characters from 10 different authors yet all sharing the commonality of being an adolescent? Then you need to take a look at Flying Lessons & Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books. Dedicated to Walter Dean Myers, Flying Lessons & Other Stories includes stories from Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Baptist, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Ellen Oh, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson. From a boy’s love of basketball to a girl becoming a pirate, these stories will captivate readers by giving them a glimpse into the life of someone else doing their best to live an enjoyable life. I was lucky enough to meet Meg Medina at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena this past week. I asked if I could take a photo of her with my copy of the book thanks to the Los Angeles Public Library. Here’s her pose 🙂 I would recommend this collection to any 6th -8th grader interested in reading a collection of fictional stories that gives them a glimpse into the lives of a diverse group of characters. The collection would […]

When you realize classic books are racist

PBS recently aired a clip of Grace Lin talking about: What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist  There are SO many books that fall into this category and many times people don’t even think about it because the book is so familiar and beloved to them. Next time you’re reading books from your childhood, or even earlier in time, take a critical eye and evaluate the words AND illustrations contained within the story. You have the freedom to read what you choose. Please, please, take the time to discuss the topics within these classic stories with the people in your life. If you’re interested in more resources of how to talk about these issues please email me, happy reading! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez