I believe there is magic in the world -- hidden underneath, to the side, or up above… and often, in books. My favorites are filled with whimsy, adventure, and characters who are as ethnic- and ability-diverse as the people I meet in my world. I love picture books, children’s biographies about extraordinary people, middle-grade fantasy and horror, and teen books filled with magic realism. I love to read stories where the impossible is made possible; where there’s real danger in the world, but also a good dose of hope. Let me send some stories your way.
Talking to kids explicitly about race is challenging for many adults, especially white adults, who may be entirely new to this conversation. But research shows it's the best way to raise antiracist kids. The good news is that books can provide the language and pictures to help guide these very important conversations. Here are some of my favorites.
Can't get enough of the Canadian TV series, Heartland? 14 seasons isn't enough for you? I'll be honest, me either. There's something about those pounding hooves, flowing locks, and soft eyes. Here are some great reads for the equine-loving teen.