Choice Words

In Choice Words, Peter Johnston (2004) discusses how “[language] creates realities and invites identities” (p. 9). In other words, the language we use communicates to others how we see them as individuals and as members of a larger community. In the classroom, language plays an integral role in shaping students’ identity, developing their sense ofContinue reading “Choice Words”

Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Rhodes, J.P. (2018). Ghost Boys. Little, Brown and Company.   Category: Middle-grade Contemporary Fiction Summary: Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun. As a ghost, he witnesses the emotional aftermath of his murder and realizes that “only theContinue reading “Ghost Boys”

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone, written by Tomi Adeyemi Adeyemi, T. (2018). Children of Blood and Bone. Henry Holt and Company. Category: Fantasy novel Summary: Seventeen-year-old Zelie Adebola fights for the rights and preservation of her people and the magic they possess. Theme: Stand up against those who seek to oppress. Generalizations: loyalty, family, authority,Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone”

Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?

I was scrolling through social media recently when I came across the above meme and quote. As a mother, certified teacher, and fulltime literacy education student, I have mixed feelings about this message. On the one hand, I wholeheartedly believe in the transformative power of books. They allow us a glimpse into other people’s lives,Continue reading “Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?”

The Chanel Sisters

Do you like stories that transport you to another time and place? Do you enjoy reading about bold women who challenge societal norms? If the answer is yes, then settle in for a tale of self-discovery, perseverance, and redemption.   Orphaned at a young age and left in the care of convent nuns, Gabrielle “Coco”Continue reading “The Chanel Sisters”

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Woodson, J. (2016). Brown girl dreaming. Puffin Books. Category: Autobiography or memoir Summary: Written in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming captures author Jacqueline Woodson’s memories of growing up in the south and north, as well as her family and community. Theme: The past shapes who we become. Generalizations: family, community,Continue reading “Brown Girl Dreaming”

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

Do you like fast-paced stories that leave you sitting on the edge of your seat? Do you enjoy fantastical tales full of secrets and suspense? If the answer is yes, then prepare to be swept away on an exciting adventure down the river Thames. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead works at his parents’ inn in Oxford, England,Continue reading “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage”

The Gardener

The Gardener written by Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small Stewart, S. (1997). The gardener. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Category: Historical fiction picture book Summary: Lydia Grace Finch is sent to help her uncle Jim in his bakery in the city. A gardener at heart, Lydia is on a mission to make her surly uncleContinue reading “The Gardener”

Why “Books and Bloom”?

For several years now, I have been wanting to start a blog. But what to call it? While not the only factor holding me back—would anyone read what I wrote? would they even want to?—I’m embarrassed to admit that the lack of a title was an admittedly convenient excuse. In truth, I was standing onContinue reading “Why “Books and Bloom”?”