We've always known that access to high-quality, new books is a critical component of early literacy. In 2020, when our Spitfires weren't in schools, libraries, or community centers, our kids desperately needed access to excellent, free books. There have been a lot of changes to how we do our work as a result of this time. One is that every Spitfire gets to choose #diversereads for their home libraries!
We're proud to say that, this term alone, we've distributed over 400 books to our participants!
Here's what our Spitfires were reading this fall:
(in no particular order. Note: a portion of the proceeds from purchases made using these links will benefit The Spitfire Club)
A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks
Stella Diaz Never Gives Up by Andrea Dominguez
Ways To Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
Where the Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin
Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed
Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris
Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham
Fast Pitch by Nic Stone
Merci Suarez Can't Dance by Meg Medina
Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd
Areli Es Una Dreamer by Areli Morales
The House the Lou Built by Mae Respicio
Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly
We're grateful to these amazing authors who tell fantastic stories, offering mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors, and demonstrating the power of all that it means to identify as female. Check them out!