Spring Break 2019: Must-have titles
By: Sarah Wilsman, Content Specialist.
Students will want to catch up on pleasure reading over spring break, so it’s a great time to add some new titles to your collection. There are great new mid-grade graphic novels, #OwnVoices and diverse titles, and some teen reads that will be wildly popular. Keep them reading with fresh content they will love!
Read up on gold standard representation
#WeNeedDiverseBooks has generated a specific sub-segment of representation, especially in juvenile and young adult books. #OwnVoices means that both the author and protagonist share the same marginalized identity. #OwnVoices titles add an extra degree of authority and authenticity to stories because the authors are writing from their own experience, which provides a deeper understanding of the shared identity.
Read up on respect
Most of these titles feature kindness and empathy, too. These are books about treating others with respect, loving yourself and being mindful. Students will not only enjoy reading these titles, but the content may also help start conversations about empathy and kindness when students return to the classroom.