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 […]

Book Clubs and Discussion Guidelines

Most educators and librarians are familiar with book clubs. They are an excellent way to get young people and adults discussing topics with one another and there are a variety of successful ways to go about implementing them. In general, I find using books that are nominated for different awards to be a great list to work from if you’re looking for quality books within different categories. Many students are only familiar with current publications and those used within curriculums. Therefore, it can be fun to create a book club based on all the winning or honor books within an award category. This gives students a focus yet introduces them to novels they are unfamiliar with. Look for an upcoming post for more information on book awards! Once you have the list of books and the participants comes the true work of the book club. I’ve found  the two most important aspects of the physical meeting of the book club to be: Sitting in a circle Using the book discussion guidelines provided by the CCBC Sitting in a circle, whether this is around a table or not, gives all participants the ability to be included and have a direct vantage point of […]