Tag Archives : inclusive lit

Indigenous Literature for Secondary ELA


It’s Native American History Month! How are you celebrating and honoring Native culture in your classroom? One great way is through books. In today’s post, Megan Tipler from @tiplerteaches brings us recommendations for using Indigenous literature for Secondary ELA.   This post uses Indiebound Affiliate Links. We earn a small percentage of each sale (at no additional cost to you)…

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Creating an Inclusive Classroom Library


Books can be both mirrors, reflecting students’ lives, or windows into the lives of others. You know the value of creating an inclusive classroom library, but maybe you’re not sure how to start. Our guest today is Dr. Sheila Frye from Teaching Literacy. She’ll share practical tips for auditing what you have, making informed purchasing choices, and thinking critically about…

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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus feat. L. Sam Smith


Writer & teacher L. Samantha Smith joins us to chat about The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus, a lush, split perspective YA debut. (Transcript)     In today’s episode… The Stars and the Blackness Between Them follows two girls, Audre and Mabel. Audre has just been sent to Minnesota from her home in Trinidad after her…

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LGBTQ Middle Grade Novels


Since we started the YA Cafe Podcast, we’ve gotten a lot of questions around LGBTQ middle grade novels. This means anywhere from 4th-8th grade. Since our show doesn’t always cover this age range, we thought we’d spend some time here talking about it.     Why should I include LGBTQ titles in my classroom library?   My students are too…

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert feat. Nikea JaLynn


BookTuber, Nikea JaLynn (cohost of the series #BlackGirlLit), joins us to chat about The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert. (Transcript)   In today’s episode… The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert Dove “Birdie” Randolph has tried hard to live up to her parents’ expectations: she’s at the top of her class, she works hard, and she even…

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Short Stories for High School – YA Anthologies


Are you teaching short stories for high school, and all you have is a dusty anthology of “classic” stories? An easy way to engage students in the form is to incorporate YA short story anthologies! These collections help students discover new authors and genres they can continue to enjoy throughout their lives.     We’ve got some great recommendations of…

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