|Diane Browne's 'Ebony and the |
Auntie of the Starlight' is on
Amazon as an e-book.
The second, especially in Jamaica, is to expose children to an adequate number of books from which to choose. The third is to find people who are willing and able to help them make these choices.
In this and subsequent posts, I am putting forward some suggestions of sources of books (other than The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and books by Enid Blyton).
|One of the titles in Carlong's|
Sand Pebble Series
Nowadays, children have the option of reading on their tablets or even on their phones. Book Fusion in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information have made available books in the Doctor Bird Series, Literacy 1-2-3 and the Blue Mahoe series, which are no longer available in print.
Marley Dias, a girl from New Jersey whose mother is Jamaican, took social media by storm with her campaign
"1000 Black Girl Books" after she was tired of reading about white boys and their dogs. See below for the books she chose for girls her age.
On Amazon, you can find many children’s e-books, for example, Diane Browne’s “Ebony and the Auntie of the Starlight” and “Abigail’s Glorious Hair”.
An advantage of choosing both e-books and hard copies from Amazon is that you can read the first few pages. You can see the size of the print, the type of vocabulary and sentence length, and the illustrations. Children too can choose books in this way.
Another source of book ideas is the Center for Teaching and Learning website. At this school, reading for pleasure is mandatory, both at home and at school. The only problem is that the lists of books which children like are very long. I have been through one for girls in grades 5 & 6, and picked out the more well-known books - see below. It is my intention to pick out and recommend books for boys and girls for other grades, and post them in my next blog.
Lexile is a way of matching readers with text using the same scale. The lower the lexile, the easier the book. Not all books have a lexile assigned. Grade equivalents are given in the lexile website as a guide, but the important thing is to match reader with text.