So some of you may know that I'm in the embryonic stages of starting a community YA book club that focuses on issue books. I've been interested in this ever since Simone Elkeles mentioned to me that she did book club in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
My MSW friends have offered to help and we'll be working in conjunction with clinicians and pediatricians in the community to find kids who would be interested in something like this. Luckily, I happen to know clinicians and pediatricians and social workers who have A LOT of heart for this idea. We had a BIG meeting today to brainstorm over how to run something like this because it actually takes a lot of parts.
We need space for the book club (thank you, library). We need teens to be in it. We need books. We need book club questions. We need resource information (since we're dealing with issue books, we thought it would be good to have resources available on the issues). And we need PARENTAL CONSENT.
Julio asked me why I would get involved with something that is seemingly a TREMENDOUS amount of work. My answer was very simple, but also very true:
And in case you haven't read the article "Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood" from Sherman Alexie, I'm linking it here.