ALLen Reads is a one-book program under the leadership of the Friends of the Allen Public Library. It is unique in one-book programs in that related books are chosen as “companions” to the main book to promote families and all generations reading and talking together.
This year’s selection as the Main Book for grade 5 through adult is brown girl dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson.
In vivid poems, Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow laws and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world and joyfully finds her voice through writing stories, even as she struggled to read as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
Chloe and her
friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe
and her friends, they reject her. Eventually, Maya stops coming to school. When
Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change
the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks
about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness
toward Maya. Recommended for Grades 3-4.
mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their
African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. However,
the two girls strike up a friendship and get around the grown-ups' rules by
sitting on top of the fence together.
Parents will recognize the symbolism of the fence between the
yards. Children will love the story of
how a new friendship is built and the beauty of the watercolors illustrations.
Recommended for Grades K-2.