Saturday, March 31, 2018

Reading Challenge Check-In: March

This year I am doing Playpire's 2018 Diversity Challenge, and March's theme was "Woman History Month", and it was specified that non-fiction was required, and I read:

All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island, New York's Most Notorious Jail by Liza Jessie Peterson

Published: May 2nd, 2017
Genre: Memoir
Binding: Hardcover
Page Count: 243 including all the acknowledgments and such.
Part of a series? No.
Got via: The library
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Eighteen years ago, performance artist Liza Jessie Peterson never thought that her day of substitute teaching at Rikers Island C-74 would change the course of her life, but it did. It ignited a lifelong passion--which continues in her work with incarcerated kids today--to make a difference in the lives of youth in trouble.

Her powerful narrative captures the essence, humor, intellect, creativity and psychology of children in the penal system. She intimately introduces readers to her students. We see them, smell their musk, feel their attitudes, hear their voices and learn how they came to be jailed--residents of "the island."

Everyone in the classroom grows-including the teacher-in this must-read memoir for anyone who cares about children and education. Peterson's perspective and insights will make any teacher a better teacher. This book will encourage and empower anyone committed to social justice.

The part where I talk: I specifically wanted to choose something by a woman of colour for this month, and this was recommended to me another time. I'm glad I picked this one!

And my backlist book list hasn't changed:

1. Angels Fall by Nora Roberts
2. You by Charles Benoit
3. Ruined by Paula Morris

I didn't read very much this month, so my list hasn't changed. Oh well!

What did you all read this month? How are your challenges going?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

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