1. In the past few months I've read about principals or other professionals who have been utilizing social media to read bedtime stories for kids. I love this. Some parents do not feel comfortable reading to their kids and sometimes you just need to mix up the bed time routine. I loved this article about two sisters who have been reading books to kids and I LOVE that the older one is doing book reviews as well. They have a book coming out and I love that they read books that represent diverse characters!
2. As I mentioned last time, I love A Mighty Girl. It's a great resource. Recently, I read this post by them, regarding menstruation . They shared a few book recommendations, and then I bought one to preview myself that I found after falling down an Amazon search/review reading rabbit hole. I shared it with some friends who also ordered a few from the list or had experience already with some of the books.
I didn't order this one, but I have my eye on it for the future.
"Honest, funny, and unafraid of the messy, real-life facts about a girl's changing body, this is definitely not your mother's puberty book. HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom's mission is to create informed, empowered young women who are unafraid to ask questions and make the best choices for themselves and their bodies. A celebration of women's bodies and all the confusing, uncomfortable, silly, transformative, and powerful changes that occur during puberty. This full-color book features bright, diverse, approachable illustrations and infographics (on everything from how to insert a tampon to a timeline of body hair trends throughout history), doctor-vetted information, and personal testimonials from real girls and women."
"Puberty comes with a lot of changes. Celebrate Your Body (And Its Changes, Too!) will help girls understand (and love) their bodies now and as they continue to grow.
For many girls, puberty can be an uncertain time. Celebrate Your Body (And Its Changes, Too!) includes everything girls need to know about breasts and bras, their period, hair here and there, feelings and friends, and so much more. This book will guide them as they learn about (and celebrate) their amazing, changing, one-of-a-kind bodies―during puberty and beyond!
Among puberty books for girls, Celebrate Your Body offers encouraging support while answering real questions that girls have about puberty. Positive, judgment-free, and medically accurate, this book discusses puberty in a way to which young girls can relate.
Celebrate Your Body offers essential insight such as:
- An overview of puberty that explains what happens, when it happens, and how she’ll know
- Explanations of changes in body, mood, and relationships―and how to confidently approach these changes that occur in puberty
- Practical advice for navigating new situations during puberty―from understanding growth spurts to managing overwhelming emotions to staying safe on social media
Complete with current, accessible medical information, Celebrate Your Bodyoffers a fresh take on this whole “puberty” thing that will leave girls feeling informed, empowered, and ready for the changes that lie ahead. "
3. As an educator, "Reading Wars Choice vs. Canon," resonated with me. There are some schools of thought that you must read the classics. The classics being a bunch of dead old white guys whose writing appeals to about .1% of teenagers out there. This article touched on how teachers are using choice to get students interested in reading and still be able to teach the fundamentals that some think can only be taught while using classics.
"But while the student choice reading movement is growing, it is by no means universally accepted or supported in all classrooms. Other educators have warily pushed back on the approach, worrying that too much student choice is putting young adult (YA) and graphic novels—not highly regarded and vetted literature—at the center of the English literature curriculum. While not all books are enjoyable (or easy) to read, challenging books help boost students’ comprehension and reading proficiency, they argue, and force them to grapple with difficult, timeless questions about love, life and death, and societal dynamics.
Choice reading and academic rigor are not mutually exclusive, though. To find balance, some teachers are trying methods like allowing students to choose from more diverse, preapproved lists of challenging literature; alternating between chosen books and assigned books; or using choice to pique students’ interest in reading more stimulating texts."
I personally think that you cannot force a reader. They have to come into on there own. What is our goal? To make reading enjoyable and a way for people to find information and think? Or to drill a skill? I'm definitely on the choice side of the argument. Now, I'm also all for being exposed to classics, because there is some good stuff there and perhaps that may be someones jam. But, making learning relevant will help retention.
What 'bookish' things are you loving right now?