It runs from January 22nd to the 29th and “The goal of Diverse-A-Thon is simply to celebrate diversity in literature by reading diverse books all week and engage in thoughtful discussions on Twitter under the #DiverseAthon hashtag. The readathon will largely remain the same. It is low-stress and there no challenges – just read as many diverse books as you are comfortable reading in 7 days. There will be daily chats on Twitter this time around as well, so be sure to follow the @Diverseathon Twitter account to stay updated on all future news regarding the chats.”
It takes me ages to plan and write a review (I’m not great with cameras), and some of these I might not review, so just like last month’s book haul, this is what I’m (hopefully) reading and what you might see reviewed in the distant future.
Lavar Burton’s favorite picture book doesn’t disappoint.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch.
Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Books USA, New York, 1991, Reprinted Scholastic, New York, 1993.
Picture book realistic fiction, 24 pages.
Somehow this book appears not to have won any awards!
AR Level: 3.5 (worth 0.5 points)
Grace loves stories, whether they are read or watched or told to her. More than anything, she loves to act out those stories. But when her class is producing Peter Pan, classmates say she can’t play Peter because she’s a black girl. But Grace believes she can do anything.
This book is something of a classic. It was featured on Reading Rainbow and became somewhat ubiquitous in school libraries in a short amount of time. Lavar Burton has said that Amazing Grace is his favorite picture book, and it’s easy to see why.