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Since we launched in 2017, the core values that we use to guide our work have been joy, justice, and community. Thank you for joining us in promoting joyful reading experiences that center the stories, identities, and experiences of young people in our Bronx community and beyond.
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This week's #1 new release:

This adaptation for young people of Michelle Obama's bestselling memoir Becoming is an honest and fascinating account of her life led by example. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. In telling her story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become?
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Our favorite preorder:

How to Love the World:
Poems of Gratitude and Hope

edited by James Crews

includes "At the Age of 18–Ode to Girls of Color" by Amanda Gorman!

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Upcoming events you don't want to miss:

March 6: Boogie Down Storytime with Jane Yolen
March 11: Book Club Discussion of GROUND ZERO for Ages 8-13
March 13: Boogie Down Storytime with Jessixa Bagley
March 18: Reading/Race Discussion of YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN for Educators


I visit a museum somewhere in NYC almost every week. During the pandemic I've found them to be true havens where I'm reminded of all that humans have overcome and achieved over millennia and all that we are capable of in the future. Plus they are generally wide-open, well-ventilated, and crowd-controlled spaces where I get to safely be around strangers, one of the quintessential New York experiences I've missed most over the past year.

Last week I went to see KAWS: WHAT PARTY, a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. KAWS's work is polarizing, and I was admittedly turned off by the unabashed merchandising and the other visitors clamoring for selfies. But I was also surprised by how emotionally resonant many of the pieces were, and how affected I was by the cartoonish forms embodying everything I feel right now like the one above: grief, loss, and puffiness :/

I absolutely loved experiencing the exhibit, as well as debating its merits afterward. If you live in the New York area, I highly recommend this exhibit for kids and families. And if you don't, I'd love to suggest visiting a museum near you if you haven't done so recently. They are among the best places we can go to remind ourselves that we are not alone, not now, and not ever.

About books, James Baldwin once said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." The same could be said for visiting a museum.
Thank you for reading–

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