Category Archives: books

With press interviews, praise, related articles, and a downloadable Educators’ Guide for Punching the Air.

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Punching the Air
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Prison reform advocate and member of the Exonerated Five Yusef Salaam and award-winning author Ibi Zoboi join “CBS This Morning” to discuss their young adult novel, “Punching the Air.” The book examines fighting for one’s truth and humanity, in a … Continue reading

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Take a look at the cover by artist Frank Morrison for My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, out August 2019. Continue reading

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Black is… Whatever you want it to be. There are countless ways to be Black enough, and some of the incredible authors contributing to the powerful new anthology stopped by to tell us just what that means. See what Jason … Continue reading

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In Pride, Ibi Zoboi remixes the classic with some inspiration pulled from her Brooklyn home. Take a peek into the world that inspired Pride! Brought to you by Epic Reads.

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Check out the full article in Entertainment Weekly!

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There’s a new YA novel set in post-earthquake Haiti. So exciting! There’s now enough post-earthquake Haitian literature for a whole college course! I was so honored to be able to review this book for the New York Times! ‘HOLD TIGHT, … Continue reading

book reviews, books, diversity, Haiti, HOLD TIGHT DON'T LET GO, Laura Wagner, YA fiction
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I’ll be hosting a reading and book signing with recent National Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, Renee Watson, Tonya Cherie Hegamin, and Zetta Elliott as part of the I AM HERE: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces exhibit! All of these wonderful authors’ … Continue reading

book signings, books, Brooklyn Blossoms Book Club, Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson, readings, Renee Watson, Tonya Cherie Hegamin, Zetta Elliott
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So we’re halfway through summer and I’m counting down the days to the first day of school. This year, I decided to be a full time mama. No part-time teaching artist gigs (including DAWP…more on teaching artist shenanigans later), very … Continue reading

books, memory is a muscle, Mothering, movies, The Help, VONA, Writing
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So this is what they call “VONA Withdrawal”. I returned this weekend from the Voices at VONA Workshops after school has ended for the year and the darlings are bouncing off the walls, the home is in slight disarray, and … Continue reading

books, Culture, education, Junot Diaz, publishing, VONA, Writing, ZZ Packer
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For years, I attended the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Dance Africa Celebration on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a full 3 day film, street, and dance festival in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It’s what a good, self-respecting African or Caribbean outdoor … Continue reading

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My daughter turns 8 today and she loves to read. I’d be remiss if I didn’t steer her towards the books that place the image of a “chocolaty” (her word), urban girl front and center of its story. Within the … Continue reading

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…by writers of African descent. I’m always looking for more titles to offer to my students. Many of them love to read so I’d like to steer them towards more age appropriate & cultural specific titles. They’d certainly read them … Continue reading

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