WHAT WE DID: 2/27

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE AFRICAN AMERICANS

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Jacqueline Woodson’s awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award — both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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If you would like to learn more about Jacqueline Woodson, go to her website: http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/all-about-me/my-biography/

FAVORITE BOOKS

You might be looking for a new book to read. Maybe you’ve grown weary of yet another dystopian novel or vampires or cats who rule a kingdom. If that is the case, do not despair. There are lots of great books in the Sussman library – just ask Ms. Powers. Also, the Downey Public Library is a terrific resource. Take advantage of FREE BOOKS at the library!!

In no particular order, here are some books that I loved reading and felt sad when I turned the last page. BTW, I tend to read realistic and historical fiction. No talking cats, vampires, world-wide devastation…just stories about life and people.

I plan to add to the list, so if you don’t see something you like, check back. And remember, don’t judge a book by its cover (or the first chapter).

Interesting fact: girls will read books with a male or female protagonist, while boys tend to read only books with male protagonists. Boys, don’t write off a book just because the main character isn’t a guy.

P.S. Be sure to comment and mention some of the books you think are worthy of reading.

UPDATE: newly read & recommended titles at the top

WonderR.J. Palacios *

The Penderwicks of Gardam Street Jeanne Birdsall *

I Will Always Write BackMartin Ganda *

Beholding BeeKimberly Newton Fusco *

All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony Doerr *

Orbiting JupiterGary D. Schmidt *

We Are All Made of MoleculesSusin Nielsen *

The Higher Power of LuckySusan Patron

Waiting for NormalLeslie Connor

Anything written by Ruth White. I love all of her stories!

PieSarah Weeks

So. Be. It.Sarah Weeks

Each Little Bird That SingsDeborah Wiles

A Thousand Never EversShana Burg

ChainsLaurie Halse Anderson

ForgedLaurie Halse Anderson

House of DanceBeth Kephart

The Birchbark HouseLouise Erdrich

Rain ReignAnn M. Martin

Counting by SevensHolly Goldberg Sloan

Three Little WordsAshley Rhodes-Courter

The Kind of Friends We Used to BeFrances O’Roark Dowell

Kira-KiraCynthia Kadohata

Outside BeautyCynthia Kadohata

Smiles to Go Jerry Spinelli

StargirlJerry Spinelli

Eggs Jerry Spinelli

The Red Blazer Girls (a series) – Michael D. Bell

Black PotatoesSusan Campbell Bartoletti

Cicada SummerAndrea Beaty

PorcupineMeg Tilly

Dead End in Norvelt – Jack Gantos

Everything On a WafflePolly Horvarth

The Wild GirlsPat Murphy

 

 

BANNED BOOKS WEEK 9/25 – 10/1

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK has been held during the last week of September since 1982. Banned Books Week not only encourages readers to examine challenged literary works, but also promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores. Its goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”

Exercise your First Amendment rights and read a banned book – maybe you already have! In that case, read another one!!

Just a handful of previously banned and challenged books:

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – Harper Lee

HARRY POTTER – J.K. Rowling

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS – Dav Pilkey

THE HOLY BIBLE

THE GIVER – Lois Lowry

BLUBBER – Judy Blume

MY BROTHER, SAM, IS DEAD – James Lincoln Collier

JUNIE B. JONES – BARBARA PARK

FARENHEIT 451 – RAY BRADBURY

A WRINKLE IN TIME – Madeline L’Engle

GOOSEBUMPS – R.L. Stein

THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS – Katherine Paterson

 

 

 

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

Did you know that Madam C.J. Walker, a Black self-made millionaire, is the inventor of the world’s first hair straightening product and hot comb?

Did you know that Michael Jordan was number threenot number one – in the NBA draft?

Do you know who the Harlem Hellfighters were?

Did you know there is a day called “Juneteenth,” which celebrates emancipation from slavery? Do you know why it’s called this?

Have you heard of the Renaissance? It was the first all-Black professional basketball team. They won 88 games consecutively.

If you are interested in learning more important and interesting facts about Black Americans, click here BLACK HISTORY MONTH or here MORE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

And, let’s not forget some great books written for middle school students by Black authors! Go to CELEBRATE BOOKS!

 

 

 

OKAY FOR NOW

This semester, we are going to be reading novels. The first novel, Okay For Now, by Gary Schmidt, will be read as a class. Then, literature circles will start. Students will choose from a variety of titles and read in small groups.

If you would like to know more about Gary Schmidt or find out what books he has written, go here: GARY SCHMIDT