My students and I are just crazy about author Ni-Ni Simone's books. (Yes, I read the same books that my students love to read too!) We can't wait for the February release of her new book, "Upgrade U," to hit the bookstores. One of my students read Simone's first book, 'Shortie Like Mine' in one day after I did a book talk on some of the new books in the Library Media Center. When she returned to the LMC to check out the next book in the series, "If I Were Your Girl," all five copies were checked out. After explaining to my student that I would place the book on reserve for her, the student decided to take matters into her own hands.
She found another student in the building that was finished with the book, but just had not returned it to the LMC. Finding another student in the school that had the book was a pretty easy task. The students in my high school have clear book bags and often times place the book that they are reading directly in the back of their bags to 'show off' what they are reading. She begged the student to return the book to LMC. The student complied and did so during the 5th period, and she returned during the 6th period to check out the book. The expression of joy on her face was priceless and all I could do was chuckle. It warms my heart that my students have found a book series that truly captures their voice, concerns and issues.
|Author, Ni-Ni Simone |
(Tu Shonda Whitaker)