National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang challenges readers to “read without walls.” He says: “Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you, about a topic you don’t know much about, or in a format you don’t normally read such as a graphic novel or a book in verse.” Gene’s challenge is a great way for readers of all ages to explore the world and expand perspective. To help you meet Gene’s challenge and find your next great book, in this month’s Readers Write we talked with Books Make a Difference book lovers about their experience reading books outside their comfort zones. […]
For decades, Nancie Atwell has been delighting in the words consumed and created by classrooms of middle school students. Many teachers find comfort at the front of a room, but what Nancie has discovered is the power afforded to students when a teacher subtly operates in the middle of everything. Her book In the Middle presents decades of teaching experience, hundreds of student writing samples, and access to the highly successful educational approach that earned her the Global Teacher Prize in 2015. […]Read more...
Lois Lane: Fearless news reporter. Superman’s girlfriend. Icon. Gwenda Bond: Rockstar YA author bringing the world the inside scoop on Lois Lane—teenager. Gwenda grew up in a one-stoplight Kentucky town, not Smallville, but close. She’s cool in her own right and a great role model, making her a perfect choice to author the modern science fiction tales of a teenage Lois she hopes will inspire and empower young girls to make a difference in their own worlds, even without superpowers. […]
Closely tied to her own experiences, Sara Horn’s books are often catalysts of change and growth in her life throughout the writing process and beyond. She freely reveals her own shortcomings, from cooking mishaps to examples of when she was the one who was in need of forgiveness. Readers appreciate her transparency and honesty. “It all goes back to that idea of community and realizing you’re not alone,” she says. “We all struggle with stuff. We all deal with mess.” […]
Schooled by frequent moves, military spouses become adept at creating community for themselves. Navy wife and author Andria Williams finds connection through literature. With her first novel complete, Andria’s 4:30 a.m. writing discipline left her looking for another creative outlet. In the midst of searching for a publisher and preparing for her husband’s deployment, Andria created the Military Spouse Book Review, a blog featuring book reviews by military-connected women. She envisioned a blog for readers, but discovered a community of book-loving writers. […]
We had a book-loving good adventure at Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago in May, looking for Books Make a Difference stories. Inspired by multi-faceted storytelling—from famous and beloved all-stars to emerging teen authors, singer-songwriters who speak in poetry to 3D multimedia entertainers, publishers focused on social empowerment to satirists empowering citizens through humor, writers born of heartache and perseverance to those who would drop a book deal to keep their point of view—we bring you our #BEA16 photoblog. […]