(I wish I had time to make something better but I think this is fine as well…)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERMIONE JEAN GRANGER and thank you for teaching me that getting good grades and reading books isn’t a bad thing. Thank you for teaching me that I can be a warrior and not a delicate princess. Thank you for teaching me that I am badass and amazing whatever everybody else says. And finally thank you for being my best friend in some very difficult periods of my life. THANKS.


Jackie Woodson on NPR discussing BROWN GIRL DREAMING. What an incredible spokeswoman for children’s literature! 




I would love to see what kind of captions Adam Gidwitz would come up for these!

You see, the land of Grimm can be a harrowing place. But it is worth exploring. For, in life, it is in the darkest zones one finds the brightest beauty and most luminous wisdom.

And, of course, the most blood.”

- Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz



Happy fall everyone! It’s time for back to school, back to work, and back to the Reblog Book Club!

We’ll be reading a memoir-in-verse called Brown Girl Dreaming by the brilliant and beloved Jacqueline Woodson. She’s the author of a whole lot of books including Each Kindness, If You Come Softly, Visiting Day, The Other Side, and Beneath A Meth Moon. Even in a career as impressive as hers, this book is something very special.

Here are some reasons I (Rachel. Hi!) absolutely love this book: 

It’s not YA or Middle Grade or Adult; it’s one of those stories that you might say is best for ages 9 - 99. I can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this book to. 

In recounting the personal, specific stories of her own family and upbringing, Jackie has created a piece of art that feels universal—it is about what we learn from our parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, and friends, about how we define what home means to us and how many different places that might be, about figuring out what we’re good at and what we loved to do and how to incorporate those things into our lives, about the flawed and difficult history of a nation and how each person can grow and learn and thrive and find her place in it. It made me think hard and feel deeply, and I can’t wait to discuss it with all of you.

If you definitely want to participate, please email ASAP and let us know. If you decide later, you’ll still have plenty of time to join. We begin September 8th!

Fudge yeah! LOVE THIS BOOK!