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Getting Books in the Hands of Readers
Choice Reading in the Time of Corona by Katie Sluiter
Titles included: Guts by Raina Telgemeier, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez, New Kid by Jerry Craft, Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds, George by Alex Gino, Wish by Barbara O’Connor, Pax by Sarah Pennypacker, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, and of course Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Due to budget cuts, our secondary media center specialist had to return to the classroom leaving our media centers and the junior high and high school to be fun by paraprofessionals, not that students were allowed to wander the stacks for books anyway. I was going to have to reconsider everything I do at the beginning of the school year.
As part of my doctoral studies, I am currently taking an Multicultural Adolescent Literature course, so as I finish a book, I book talk it for my students. Titles have included With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith, We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Meija, Stamped by Jason Reynolds, and Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.
Our media center paraprofessional created a Google Form for students to request/check out titles by using our online “card catalogue” and developing a “curbside pickup” style service in which she would email the student once she had the book ready for them, the student would pick it up and then return it for its 3-day quarantine before it was reshelved.
I spent class time helping the students learn to navigate and use this system. I also showed them a video tutorial one of my colleagues made for how to access our local public library to get an online student library card that would give them access to ebooks and audiobooks.
So yes, it’s a ton of work, but getting books into the hands of students is so crucial--especially in these weird times as these kids are growing up and coming of age in the time of a pandemic and political and social unrest.