Category Archives: Family

If education and hard work were enough leadership would be culturally diverse. How can we fix the imbalance?

Another great post from Cathy Ngo on how we can fix the imbalance that exists throughout our society.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Coretta Scott King Honor (Author)
Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee (Mystery Writers of America)
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
National Book Award Longlist
William C. Morris Award

Read it because:

You want a book that opens up the stark reality of life in America. The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful book. It opens up so many discussions, about why we need the Black Lives Matters movement, and why we need to start working on a better society now. Suitable for the upper secondary library. Best book for 2018.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Panther And The Crew #1

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice! The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

Read it because:

You need a new comic book title, that embraces diversity and also the lessons of history. A powerful book that helps the non-American understand what is happening in America. I found it incredibly powerful and have started book clubbing with my child…..Best comic of this year – 2018.

The Power of Literacy: Changing the Narrative of Toxic Masculinity by Travis Crowder

Let us all work together to change the narrative and make the world a more inclusive place. A great blog post that will start you thinking is The Power of Literacy: Changing the Narrative of Toxic Masculinity by Travis Crowder

Without quality sex education & without the power to decide, girls & young women face a world that wastes their potential.

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Coming up on 11 October, get ready to stand up, speak out to mark the International Day of the Girl Child. 

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker in Doctor’s first appearance

I wept with joy as I watched the new Doctor take to the small screen last night. Trying to explain the feelings I felt, as for the first time, someone who looked like me, took on the role was a deeply emotional moment. I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since the first time I saw Jon Pertwee transform into the new Doctor – we’re talking since 1971.

I’ve loved some Doctors more than others, (I knew my partner was the one for me when they admitted Pertwee was their favourite too), while others like Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker have been irritations. But last night, watching Jodie Whittaker take and make this role anew, moved me like no other new regeneration. Here at last, was the reflection of someone who spoke a little like my parents did  but more importantly shared a lot of the traits they bestowed upon me. I was transported back to watching Pertwee, the same glee and joy as I watched the episode.

I adored the new companions too. From Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill who play Graham, Ryan and Yasmin, I felt so much warmth and comfort. Here were folks who I would want as friends. I loved the connectiveness between them, they felt real and just like me too. I did so want Sharon D Clarke to be one of the companions and hope she returns. What is exceptional about this bunch of companions is that they are like people I know, they reflect that we live in such a wonderful diversely rich world.

This new season of Doctor Who will take us to new places and I for one am so very glad to be along for the ride.

Libraries are Freedom

Libraries are freedom

A beautiful celebration of Libraries and Reading by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell.


Crazy quilts are unique and innovative quilts created from scraps of materials. This expresses my hope for young people.


Humanising! Indigenising! Decolonising! Thriving

T is for Training

10 Years of Sharing Knowledge One Call At A Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

This is Lit

Book Blog

Kylie in the library

Musings of an emerging information professional

Sarah Cawkwell's Blog

"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." -- Tom Clancy

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

Life in the Information World

Mother Jones

Smart, fearless journalism

Librarian Lisa

school library consultant


nurturing the compassionate maker, the reluctant reader, and embracing #librarylife

Australian Aboriginal Languages Student Blog

A place to share anything at all that's interesting and related to the languages of Australia. WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names, voices and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. We strongly urge readers to exercise caution when viewing the blog so as to avoid distress.

I am Jessica

A student's attempt at environmentalism.


simple connected living, city style


Fitness Community

L-B the Librarian

Use your library

Imogen Crest

Creative Artist - Time Travelling Nature Hermit - Soul Food Cafe

Cybils Awards

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more


moneyless low impact living

Nikki Skies

I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

Whispers of a Womanist

A Black Female Perspective...

When Women Inspire

Inspirational Women | Health and Lifestyle Tips

Eliza Grace Quinn

Feminism, feelings and faraway places.

Jason's Movie Blog

A Movie Blog for the Latest Movie Reviews, Trailers, and More

A Library Lady

News and views from the world of children's books and libraries

Spoonie Authors Network

We love words and manage spoons.

Loving the Library Life...

living and loving life as a middle school librarian

Just So Stories

Random Reviews and Ramblings from Redcliffe

Matt Doyle Media Dot Com

Books, Cosplay, and viewing Pop Culture in a positive light

Simply Etta

Inspiration for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sophie Rai Liur

An Australian living abroad in Dili, Timor-Leste

The Hub for Just Kids' Lit


Supporting Bilingual Learners of English in Highland Schools

Australian author of young adult fiction

R&R Book Tours

Author Services, Publicity, Blog Tours & Other Promotional Events

Confessions of a Parentless Mother

My journey as a parentless mom

Blood Red Velvet

★Books ★ Art ★ Creation ★ A dream captured in a crystalline moment.

A Kids Book A Day

Reviewing a children's book from 2018 every day

Circulating Ideas

the librarian interview podcast


Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone