ALAMW 2018 – Part I (The Trip)

So I have been spending the last several days scanning books into my LibraryThing app...if you aren't familiar with the app, it allows you to keep track of your books and trust me, I need something like that. I am STILL not done pulling all the books in from my car: I'm not bragging, but …

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Merry Christmas Eve!!

So I couldn't go without blogging about the holiday since I have the Christmas spirit! Yes, I'm frantically wrapping presents 🎁 and I'm so excited for tomorrow...but I also think of all of you and how thankful I am to have you in my life. Most people feel thankful around Thanksgiving I think (hence the …

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I Wrote Something….Halloween Edition 

My friend Melanie was doing a Halloween feature and asked people to volunteer with their favorite "monster." I of course am a zombie fan...I was going to write a piece about the history and such, when I noticed other people were writing stories and doing cool themes.  So I decided to write a story. You …

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🎶 Happy Blogoversary to Me, Happy Blogoversary to Me 🎶 

I still cannot believe it. One year. One whole freakin year.  And what a year it's been! I went from no followers and an attempted Blogger account (which didn't work on my iPad or have an app, so I had to scrap it), to 3,000 followers and over 20K page views.  You guys couldn't make …

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Then and Now: Rewriting the Book on School Reading Lists

I went to high school back when YA was nothing like it is today. So did she. Read on as she explains the difference in required reading lists and the attempts to change them: this has been my biggest trial…

K.L. Kranes, Author

In high school, although I was loathe to admit it to friends, I loved English class. Outwardly I complained like everyone else about the ‘boring’ books the teachers put on the reading lists. Inwardly I loved them. (Most of them. Moby Dick, still not a fan.) But I never thought about the books as more than just explorations of literature. I didn’t think about them on a social scale. I didn’t think about how even the choice of books impacted others.

Stagnant Summer Reading Lists

Recently, I read an article about the current lack of diverse books on school reading lists. In it, the author laments how the required reading list for his child felt regressive, like a list from another era. It had no diversity.

cry the beloved country.jpgThis made me think back to the books assigned to students to read in my high school. I grew up in a…

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