A Family Book Club: Stella by Starlight

stella by starlightOur friends at Brightly have created a way for families to explore important topics through books, and have some fun! The idea of a family book club is that everyone in the family reads the same book and then gathers together to discuss it and take part in book-themed activities.

You can even pair up with other families to double the fun. It’s a great way to spend time together and encourage a lifelong passion for books in your children.

This month’s pick is Stella by Starlight, by Sharon Draper. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!

LangstonHugesLangston Hughes
February 1, 1902-1967
Hughes, who claimed Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman as his primary influences, is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. He wrote novels, Langston Hughes bookshort stories and plays, as well as poetry, and is also known for his engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing, as in his book-length poem Montage of a Dream Deferred (Holt, 1951). His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

Read more about Langston Hughes . . .