While many people are focusing on book clubs for kids these days, they remain a fun outlet for adults, too. You can start plenty of book clubs on your own with close friends, but there are lots of online book clubs you can also join.
It's 2018, yet reading books by voices of people of color is as important as ever. In a class of high schoolers that I took part in this week, all were asked to name three women of color who came from the United States. That's it--and they could be living or dead! None could name three. While one named two, most had none. None!
The dynamic duo who pen and illustrate Johnny Wander have a fantastic graphic novel out called Lucky Penny. Okay, it's a couple of years old, but it was new to me when I devoured it yesterday morning. It's a hilarious adventure featuring unlucky Penny who loses her job and apartment all at once and has to live in a storage unit.
As one of those writers, parents and readers who could rip on Twilight all day long, you know I've got some counter-suggestions for tween and teen literature up my sleeve. One of my top recs is none other than Tamora Pierce's books, which are adventurous, romantic and inspiring reads that tweens and teens of all genders can enjoy. Song of the Lioness and its sequels are especially dear to my heart and I think anyone would love to be alongside brave Alanna as she poses as a boy to achieve her dreams.