1. I’m guest posting at Diversity in YA, discussing and recommending some Asian-American YA fiction.
2. Please consider contributing to the Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC.
At the time the video was made early this year there were just over 1,150 books on the shelves at Ballou; there are over 1,200 students in the school. So there was barely one book for each student (the ALA standard is 11:1). The WaPo ran an article about Ballou in January and I have seen a few follow-ups here and there (National Geographic sent over a bunch of books) but what struck me in all the efforts to help is what always hits me – people send books they have (publishers do the same) which is lovely, but not necessarily the books that the school needs or, most importantly of all, the students want. That’s where we come in and why we keep doing this, and loving it, every single year.
More information and instructions at the GLW site.