Author Archives for Michala Sage

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (7/20/2020-7/26/2020).

Annamarie’s Reading

Picture Books & Readers:

Everything Else:

Note: I squeezed in a few more graphic novels this week. There is a big pile of j-fiction chapter books staring at me that I just haven’t had time for. Listening to a teen book, and will be spending part of next weekend reviewing another teen book, so I’m glad I’m fitting some more of those in this year.

I had a decrease in books with diverse main characters and diverse authors, BUT an increase in own voices, which is a number I really want to pay attention to. Just pulling these stats each week is making me more conscious of my reading choices. Stats:

  • 47 Books Read This Week
    • 23 Books with Diverse Main Character (49%)
    • 12 Books by Diverse Authors (25%)
    • 11 Books by Own Voices Authors (24%) (to the best of my knowledge)

This week’s reading highlights:

Michala’s Reading

Note: I took a few days off from work for a mental vacay and attempted the quarantine cleaning/organization thing that everyone else seems to have done at the beginning of this whole mess. My house now feels extra messy, Goodwill has gotten a lot of clothes from me, I am a craft supply hoarder, and I feel like I haven’t read anything.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (7/6/2020-7/12/2020).

Annamarie’s Reading

Picture Books:

Everything Else:

Note: I wasn’t feeling the reading this week, so I leaned heavily on picture books.

I’m going to do my best to keep myself to my reading goals created a during my mid-year reading, and here are some stats I’m going to try to keep track of week-to-week:

  • 51 Books Read This Week
    • 35 Books with Diverse Main Character (69%)
    • 14 Books by Diverse Authors (27%)
    • 11 Books by Own Voices Authors (22%) (to the best of my knowledge)

This week’s reading highlights:

Michala’s Reading

Note: I ACTUALLY READ THIS WEEK!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (6/8/20-6/14/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Picture Books & Readers:

Graphic Novels:

Everything Else:

Note: Pushing through as much reading as I can before I officially start partial back-in-the-building work this week, and (most likely) regular back to work schedule at the end of the month. Reading will drop off then between the commute, regular work exhaustion, and the added cleaning measures due to COVID and taking care of folks that are high risk.

Michala’s Reading

Note: I’m back in building 2 days a week now and am feeling extra burnt out. I was already dying from no human interaction and ramifications from the plague, now physical activity that I haven’t done in months and human peoples I don’t know how to interact with anymore combined with online burnout from my teens not coming to programs since they aren’t the same kind of weird fun we normally get to do (I don’t know how to make a Hunger Games Nerf War online!) and I am officially all kinds of destroyed. Positive note, I get a cat this week so hopefully he helps my morale a bit.

Black Lives Matter: A Non-comprehensive Book List for All Ages

If you have spent any time reading this blog, you know that I am not the best posting partner. But after sharing my resources with Annamarie (Scaffolding Anti-Racism Resouces, A Plan for Movement Worksheets, Student Voice) and reading her post, I felt like I should contribute more than a weekly post of “here are some good books I’ve read”.

Let’s be real, I am a white woman. I am not maligned because of the color of my skin. I do not face adversity, I am not profiled, and I am not judged or harmed because of the amount of melanin I have. I may have grown up in a “black and Hispanic” neighborhood, I may be considered an ally, but I am not a person of color and will never know the same struggles. My skin tone has given me an advantage all of my life even if I hadn’t always been conscious of that fact.

My story is not one that needs to be focused on.

But stories teach people. And written words can sometimes reach people better because they refuse to listen or cannot hear other’s truths over their own. So while my goal was to contribute more to this blog than a list of books…..I’m still going to give you a list of books.

Black Lives Matter: Books for All Ages

Picture Books & Readers:

Youth:

Teen: