When I was growing up in México, my parents worked hard to keep our bookshelves full. They pushed me and my sister to learn English as a second language, sure of the power that came with being bilingual. I remember trips across the border to shop for books we couldn’t find in México and I have great memories of sitting with my mother while she read to me in both languages, practicing day after day.
Eugenia Vela, kids’ event and marketing coordinator at BookPeople in Austin, Tex., recommends Ghost Boys, Jewell Parker Rhodes's powerful new novel about a black boy killed by a police officer. You can probably guess what this book is about. The title alone gives it away, but it’s the cover that will draw readers to the shelf—a boy, dark skin and fixed stare, against a bright red background, asking you to hear his story.
It's that time of year, people. Oscar season is upon us, and if you're anything like me, you're not strong-willed enough to boycott the show completely. As Stanford Blatch would say, "Some people do arts and crafts, we judge." And especially during awards season, we love to judge.