California by Kevin Russ
"We practiced for about thirty minutes before he actually called my parents. I pretended to be my mom, and tried to think of all the reasons she’d object to us getting married, and he practiced his rebuttals. The actual call was a lot easier than the rehearsal."
(New Delhi, India)
I do not want Looking for Alaska to be a movie. But if it has to be, I think it needs to be rated R so that it can be told truthfully. It’s not a cutesy teen romance and it shouldn’t be treated like one.
It’s not cutesy teen romance and it shouldn’t be treated like one
make john green find this
Don’t linger; the darkness
has eyes, dear, and teeth
and a memory long
as the ocean is deep
I know that you’re tired
your mind begs for peace
but there’s so much more to us
when we’re at our least
Don’t forget to breathe
to catch life in your lungs
By Chandler Arnold, Chief Operating Officer at First Book We all want to see our kids become strong readers – a critical step to succeeding in school and in life. But this becomes much harder when kids aren’t able to see themselves in the books they read. As a nonprofit social enterprise, First Book helps entice and excite young readers by making new books available to 135,000+ teachers and program leaders serving kids from low-income families. In a recent survey of 2,000 of these educators, 90% said their children would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their own lives and neighborhoods. The need for diversity in children’s books doesn’t just affect children; it affects us all. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center recently reviewed thousands of kids’ books and found that while 17.1% of the US population is Latino, only 1.5% of children’s books feature Latino characters. Similarly shocking disparities exist for African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and so many others. As our schools and communities grow more diverse, it is critical that the books we read follow suit. As book lovers have long recognized, books act as both windows and mirrors for our children. They give kids the chance to look out and discover new worlds. They also reflect inward, allowing kids to celebrate themselves, their cultures and their communities. It is essential that children in need — that all of us — have both of these experiences. Last year, First Book created The Stories for All Project to dramatically expand the market for diversity in children’s literature. We’ve already invested more than $1 million in this ongoing effort, and we’re currently working with publishers to launch a new collection of diverse books with a focus on new voices from never-before published authors and illustrators. By aggregating the needs — and the purchasing power — of thousands of educators, First Book is building a viable, vibrant market for books featuring voices that often go unheard. This is great for authors and illustrators. This is great for publishers. And this is especially great for the children who need these books the most. Today, we invite you to lend your voice as well: Seek out diverse books for yourself and others. Ask your local bookseller or librarian to recommend some of their favorite multicultural titles. Share why you want to see increased diversity in children’s literature via social media using the hashtags #storiesforall and #weneeddiversebooks—and speaking of which, check out what some of our great friends are doing here. Do you work with kids in need? Sign up with First Book (for free) to access multicultural books and other great educational resources for the kids you serve. About First Book: First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 118 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive inspiring stories, photos and new ways to get involved each month. Chandler Arnold is the Chief Operating Officer at First Book where he oversees the daily operation of the organization, domestically and on the global level. To date, First Book has distributed more than 118 million new books to children in need. Chandler holds an MBA from Stanford where his work centered on harnessing the power of the private sector to advance social change and is the founder of the Harvard Emergent Literacy Project. Chandler is on twitter at @Social_CHAN_ge
Nice shout out from our First Book friends!!!
"Painful is the stress when one cannot reproduce or convey vividly to others, however hard he tries, what he’s experienced so intensely."
Haruki Murakami (via introspectivepoet)
"If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at 2 AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft."
from Karl Paulnack’s welcome address for Boston Conservatory (via dmkozlowski)
going to barnes & noble always gets my blood pumpin and reminds me im alive