Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post

All of which asks the question Reynolds posed to his young audience: “How is it that a kid like me, a kid who grew up reading no books, eventually became a man who writes books for y’all?”

The tale of Reynolds’s transformation from a non-reader living on the edge in Oxon Hill, Md., to a literary celebrity is the kind of relatable story he wished he’d read when he was a kid. “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” he said in an interview in the District, where he lives part-time.

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High-schooler putting more books in kids’ hands

This is one of my favorite recent stories I’ve found.  A teenager who brings her young enthusiasm and hard work ethic (that “get it done”) mentality along with fresh out-of-the-box thinking.  So nice to see this and more organizations need to encourage the youth to get involved and offer solutions.  They are smarter, more energetic and more compassionate than many assume.

What a wonderful story.

“I was shocked,” said Vaher, an avid reader since an early age, who often visited the library with her mom to catch up on summer reading as a child. “But most kids, their parents are working throughout the summer and so they don’t have the chance to go to a summer reading program.

”Vaher visited the Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont and — in coordination with its director, Susan Mosk — learned some 300 kids regularly attend the branch’s afterschool and summer activity programs. While the branch has a large playroom with TV and video games, Vaher noticed it only had a small bookshelf and lacked a comfortable reading environment for kids.

That’s when she envisioned her opportunity to bring that option directly to kids at the YMCA.

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The story behind this heartwarming Hurricane Harvey photo | KREM.com

After four days of being cooped up inside as Hurricane Harvey flooded Southeast Texas, Clarice Brito-Salcido saw her children grow restless, cabin fever taking full effect.

She grabbed her camera as her son and daughter put on their rain boots and ran outside to play with other kids in their Kingwood neighborhood. She didn’t plan to take a photo that would capture the hearts of thousands of flood-weary Houstonians.

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11 books to help you talk to your kids about race and racism | BabyCenter Blog

I know many parents are confused or concerned on how to begin the conversation of race when it comes to their children, especially after recent events.

A book (or a film, cartoon, etc) can help by being a non-threatening jumping off point for the conversation.  This blog has done a good job of giving you a starting point by featuring eleven different books approaching this topic from a variety of angles.

Take a look at the list & don’t be afraid to have the difficult conversations.

Article: 11 books to help you talk to your kids about race and racism | BabyCenter Blog

Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank gives hundreds of thousands of free books to kids in need – News 5 Cleveland

Tucked away in a warehouse in midtown Cleveland, you will find thousands upon thousands of books.

They’re brand-new, slightly used, and there’s every single genre you can imagine.

It is the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, a program with the goal of putting books in the hands of every child in Cuyahoga County.

Full Story: Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank gives hundreds of thousands of free books to kids in need – News 5 Cleveland

19th Annual Battle of the Books takes place at ECC South | wivb.com

I would have absolutely LOVED this as a kid!!

Twenty three teams. One hundred and fifty nine competitors.14 libraries and five books. That’s what makes up Buffalo’s Battle of the Books.

Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director of Erie County’s Public Library System, told News 4, “It is an exciting jeopardy round program, that will go through a series of eliminations answering unbelievably specific questions about 5 books that these children have been reading.”

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NYC Could Win 100K Free Kids Books From Soar With Reading

Kids in New York City have a shot at winning 100,000 free books to build their very own home library — but not if their counterparts in Boston have anything to do with it.

Both cities, along with San Francisco and Los Angeles, are contenders for the donation, which is part of the annual Soar with Reading campaign, a joint effort between JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books. As of Wednesday afternoon, Boston was in the lead with 57 percent of online votes, while New York was second with 25 percent.

Full Story:   NYC Could Win 100K Free Kids Books From Soar With Reading

Allegro Dance Project performs “In Our Element” at Lyric Theatre

What a beautiful idea & story.

A few years ago, Lexington dancer Jeana Klevene was teaching one of her open adult ballet classes when one student caught her attention: a young man with autism. The student focused his body on dancing and put all his energy into the class, Klevene said.That student gave Klevene an idea for what is now Allegro Dance Project, a Lexington-based contemporary dance company with an outreach program for children with autism, Down syndrome or other specific needs.

Full story :  Allegro Dance Project performs “In Our Element” at Lyric Theatre | Lexington Herald Leader