|From Todd A. Collins on Facebook. This photo says it all!|
Week of Sunday, June 7 through Sunday June 14 (Day 88 through Day 95):
It's been another week of protests for justice, not only in the US but all around the world.
And on top of that, the pandemic is still with us, people! States that reopened in May are experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases. It's not over, and we all need to continue to be vigilant. I'm constantly shaking my head at people going to the beach, or to restaurants, or even, for heaven's sake, a graduation party. Gatherings have been proven to spread the virus.
An article from the Washington Post claims "The Coronavirus isn't ending -- it's surging"!
Is this the second wave already? Not at all! We're still stuck in the first one, according to this article from NPR.
|From Karen Schilpp on Facebook|
Are you still staying home as much as possible? This week, I've been reading a lot, writing a little, taking daily walks, and cleaning out closets one shelf at a time. I find it easier to handle the chore that way!
What have I been reading? This week, I finished We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly, from Greenwillow, May 5, 2020, for ages 8 to 12.
This lovely MG novel takes place in January 1986. Yes, that's when the Space Shuttle Challenger launched -- and immediately exploded (I remember that day. I worked in a school library). The Nelson Thomas twins, Bird and Fitch, and their older brother, Cash, are all learning about the upcoming launch in science class, while their parents continue to argue and fight. Bird dreams of one day being the first female Shuttle Commander. Gorgeously written, as are all Erin Entrada Kelly's novels, this book about family ties will linger with you for a long time. These siblings are people I'll remember.
After that, I started reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds. He's so good at voice! And just as talented with MG stories as YA stories (like Long Way Down, that I read last week). Ghost, aka Castle Cranshaw, is a boy who only wants to play basketball. But being short, he never gets to play. Ghost can run fast (the reason for this is heartbreaking), and he gets a chance to join an elite track team, organized by an ex-Olympic runner.
Of course, in my ongoing effort to educate myself about systemic racism, I also read a lot of social media. I started following Dwayne Reed on Twitter. (@TeachMrReed) Mr. Reed is an educator, public speaker, author, and rapper.
|Dwayne Reed (@TeachMrReed on Twitter)|