I bet I’m not the only school librarian who was happy about the number of students who stopped by the library on Friday afternoon to check out enough books to get them through the school closure. One teacher even last-minute booked the library in the afternoon to make sure all of her students checked out two or three books. Yay for books!
Reading has always been a life boat for me in stressful situations. It is one of my greatest hopes that I can help students see reading in the same way. Life is sure to bring on stressful situations. Escaping with a book is my best tried-and-true method to get through those hard times.
Here is the stack of books I brought home for myself:
My favorite moment came when a student visited the school library right before I was about to close. He asked for Neal Shusterman’s Thunderhead(Arc of Scythe #2). That particular book was sitting with the stack of books I checked out for myself. We both looked at the copy, which was sitting on my desk, at the same time. Of course I gave the book to the student! (I put the eBook for hold myself at the public library.) I’m wondering if Shusterman’s Arc of Scythe series might be an interesting accompaniment to our current state of affairs. After all, the setting is a world where mortality has been conquered. All illnesses, diseases, and injuries can be cured. And, still, life is not so great for the immortal humans who reside there.
This weekend I read the Julissa Arce memoir Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream. This is the young reader’s version of the same author’s My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story of an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive. As I read, I thought about the students who love Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising and Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us. I’m going to add Someone Like Me to the list of books I can recommend when they say, “Can I have another book like this one?”
Today I started reading Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All. I don’t have the junior high reader person in my head yet, but so far I’m loving it. Although there are ghosts, I wouldn’t call it horror, more like Lincoln in the Bardo for the YA set. And a little bit of Jane Eyre thrown in there too.
I texted my aunt in Arizona this morning to see how the family is doing in this crazy weird time. She ended her text with, “Keep reading. It’s our only escape. Hang in there ♥️ ” Yep! I couldn’t have said it better myself.