ASSURING ACCESS TO LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS

LITERACY SPOTLIGHT: LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS

From realistic YA fiction to memoirs and manga, students at Passages (a New York City Department of Education school network that serves youth ages 16 and younger in secure and non-secure detention) read what any other students would, with Walter Dean Myers and Coe Booth being two favorites.

The organization’s Authors and Artists series was in part inspired by Walter Dean Myers, who was among the first to visit students in the Passages network: “[The students] just loved him,” Sick said. “And so we had the idea to get other authors.”

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ROMANTIC OR RACIST? PERCEPTIONS SHIFT ON ‘LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE’

Known more for their cozy depictions of pioneer life, Ms. Wilder’s novels also include instances of racism and comparisons of Native people with animals. Many Native Americans have long felt uncomfortable with the books – with National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich writing her own series, “The Birchbark House,” in response.

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MAY YOU PATH BE BLESSED: LEGENDARY AUTHOR PAULO COELHO TO MALALA

As Pakistan’s adored activist Malala Yousafzai tours Brazil, marking her first visit to Latin America, to kick off the expansion of her education charity, famed author Paulo Coelho tweeted a message of good wishes to her.

Her aim in Brazil, the region’s largest economy, is to advocate for more public spending on education — a tall task after the country passed a constitutional amendment freezing federal spending in real terms for two decades in order to reduce public debt.

Stressing that young women should focus on their lives instead of growing up faster than their male counterparts, she said: “Girls should tell their leaders what they need to achieve their goals and continue using their voices until they are heard. Never give up.”

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THE ENEMY, DETROIT 1954: A STARTER LESSON GUIDE – SARA HOLBROOK

 


I knew in writing The Enemy, Detroit 1954, that I would have to catch readers with the story. To fully enjoy the story, however, it helps to understand some of the strange stuff in the background. Since stories are made up of a setting, characters and their dilemmas, and a plot, I came up with a little introductory lesson for teaching The Enemy.

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SAVE THE DATE: JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM

777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST)

A memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators. Meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed. Can’t come to NYC? Follow the ceremony as it is live streamed! (Details of streaming to be announced at a later date.)

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