Darlya is in the 9th grade, but when she was in middle school, she loved to read Drama High books. “The reason is because they’re real to me,” Darlya says. She still likes to read the same kind of books now, realistic books. The Boy in the Black Suit is another example.
Sophomore Tylea also loved Drama High books in middle school and continues to love the same type of urban fiction books because they are interesting. She would also recommend Ni Ni Simone & Coe Booth as good authors of realistic, urban fiction.
“I was a voracious reader as a small child. With nine older siblings reading to me daily it didn’t take long to learn. One of my first memories of reading independently was while reading to my father as he lay dying at home. I’m sure it was a little rhyming Golden Book. The St. Louis Public Libraries had “Read Away Vacation Club” which encouraged kids to read during the summertime. There were about five of us competing to get our twenty-five suggested books read in the first week. We were going to the library everyday to check in/out the maximum books we could. We, of course, cheated by reading below level books. So eventually, the librarian would quiz us before we got our start. During middle school, my reading interest became whatever the boys read. You could find me hanging in the “Boy’s Interests” section checking out WWII Combat stories: The Bridges at Toko Ri, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 60 Seconds Over Tokyo, and another on the Enola Gay. The experience kick-started my love of historical fiction, which I still read. I didn’t get a boyfriend from those days at the Long School Branch, but with books, I was able to travel all over the world.” ~Ms Wagner, FACS Teacher
New York, NY—February 2, 2017—Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, has acquired world rights to an activism book written by Marley Dias, the 12 year-old social activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooks—an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Marley is using her voice to advocate for social justice, a commitment reflected by her ambitious life goals: she dreams of becoming an editor of her very own magazine and plans to use media to spread positive messages and to perpetuate more socially conscious pop culture. The book will be published in Spring 2018 by Scholastic Press.