Monday, April 6, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

NPR's Coronavirus Comic is Spreading

NPR asked how do you explain coronavirus to kids?
Last week, we (NPR) published a comic geared to children about the newly discovered virus. This week we published the comic in Chinese. And we've also learned that the comic has been translated into other languages — and is finding an audience in schools and libraries as well as at home.   NPR
Shared stories:
Popped these next to the kids graphic novels at my library because facts are good, xenophobia is the worst and @malakagharib made an A+ zine for kids about the Coronavirus. #zines #zine #malakagharib #childrenslibrarian #zinesforkids #librarian #librariansofinstagram
This week we had an independent mini-makerspace project! Students made informative mini-zines with information on the #coronavirus. I set out copies from @npr and a video on how to fold a zine for students. Kiddos loved it! So glad to share information in a fun way! #makerspace
— Mrs. Russell, GMS Librarian (@GorzyckiLibrary) March 6, 2020
A middle-school teacher turned it into a video — with a kid doing the narration.
A graphic designer from Bolivia made a Spanish version of the comic. 
Thanks to KamilÄ— BorkovskienÄ—, a school psychologist in Lithuania who translated the coronavirus zine into Lithuanian. She shared it with children in her community. Click to save and print.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Bullied for His Love of Books

A 13-year-old boy who was bullied for his love of reading has seen his Instagram following explode as fellow bookworms rally around him.

Callum Manning, from South Shields, started his Instagram page Cal's Book Account so he could share which books he liked to his friends.

But he was left "devastated" when people started sending insulting messages to a group chat he had joined at his new school.

"On Friday night he was in tears," she said. "He was absolutely devastated that people could be so cruel.

"And since this has been happening, his confidence has just soared. He's a lovely kid, he's a very loving kid, and he's just saying, 'I can't believe these people want to follow me on Instagram and want to send me stuff'. LBC News

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Princesses are never disabled

“Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space,” is a hybrid memoir, a call for disability justice and a deeply researched cultural critique of the “happily ever after” model of storytelling.

“Historically we have associated the disabled body image and disabled life with an unhappy ending,” says Leduc. “The challenge was to get people to understand that disability is not synonymous with an unhappy ending. It is quite possible for someone to live a disabled life that is full of joy and also full of struggle, but that doesn’t diminish the joy the disabled person has or make their life any less.”

“Disney is always about the individual overcoming something or transforming in some way so they can more easily fit into the world,” says Leduc. “We need to stop thinking that way. We need to start thinking about a world that can transform and change, so as to fit everybody.”

Monday, February 24, 2020

"To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" Author Gives Her Best Love Advice

Time Magazine asks YA author, Jenny Han, "8 Questions" Below is a sample.

Romantic comedies are having a comeback, but they were long criticized for perpetuating stereotypes. How do you address those concerns?
Even though we see Lara Jean’s personal growth, she’s still who she is from the beginning to the end. Being in a relationship or meeting a guy, those weren’t the things that changed her. It was more of her opening up and having her world get a bit bigger. It was important for me to see that representation of not changing your whole self just to be with somebody. 
Do a lot of young people come to you for love advice?
Yes, and not just young people–even people in their 30s. I love giving advice. I’m just careful because I don’t want to give the wrong advice. I try to be honest and not tell people just what they want to hear, but what I think is right. A lot of their questions are like, “Am I weird?”

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fiction For Valentine's Day

50 States of Love 
From sea to shining sea, the NY Times created a tour of unforgettable fiction that explores matters of the heart.

Chosen for Washington is...
David Guterson, “Snow Falling on Cedars

On an island in Puget Sound in 1954, the body of a fisherman is pulled out of the sea, trapped in his own net. ​A Japanese-American man is charged with his murder, and the ensuing trial leads the town’s newspaper editor to reflect on his long repressed love for the accused man’s wife. The novel, which became a best seller and was adapted into a 1999 feature film, explores the sometimes porous line between unrequited love and resentment, and how deep-seated animosity and fear can erode a community.