|New and Notable
by Michael Wertz $17 A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying "hi!" This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland's unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz's bold, whimsical prints and jaunty text reflect the city's energetic and wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Bursting with civic pride, ABC Oakland encourages children and adults alike to explore the possibilities that "the Town" has to offer.
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Becoming Ms Burton
by Susan Burton $25.95
Susan Burton's world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As a resident of South Los Angeles, a black community under siege in the War on Drugs, it was but a matter of time before Susan was arrested. She cycled in and out of prison for over fifteen years; never was she offered therapy or treatment for addiction. On her own, she eventually found a private drug rehabilitation facility.
Once clean, Susan dedicated her life to supporting women facing similar struggles. Her organization, A New Way of Life, operates five safe homes in Los Angeles that supply a lifeline to hundreds of formerly incarcerated women and their children-setting them on the track to education and employment rather than returns to prison. Becoming Ms. Burton not only humanizes the deleterious impact of mass incarceration, it also points the way to the kind of structural and policy changes that will offer formerly incarcerated people the possibility of a life of meaning and dignity. **
** Meet Susan Burton on Monday, June 5**
Maker-Centered Learning; Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds
by Edward P. Clapp, Jessica Ross, Jennifer O. Ryan and Shari Tishman $32.95 This is one for our home-school, educator, and librarian friends. I was fortunate enough to be at the presentation of projects that have been in the works for a few years that create curriculum for maker lessons. They were fabulous! This book will help any teacher create a maker space that can foster creativity and innovation. You have to see it.