Kwame Alexander: The Voice of a Generation

My first encounter with Kwame Alexander was through his book Crossover.  When a title wins several awards including the Coretta Scott King Award and the Newberry Award I felt the need to pay attention.  I expected to find a novel about teenage angst set in a high school whose identity fit within the lined border of…

Why Diversity Matters

A few months ago one of my kids came into the library asking me for books on basketball.  I led her to the 700s and showed her the books we had, paying particular attention to the new NBA set we bought last spring.  The young lady said, “No, that’s not it.  I want a book…

Book Review: Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

The first time I heard the term “multiculturalism” was during my undergraduate study at Appalachian State University.  Up to that point I had never given thought to bias or cultural norms. I  knew the “n-word” was bad and that racism still existed in the world, but in my own little sphere of influence I never…