Literature

8 multicolored book covers

Please Judge These Books: Our Favorite Books of 2022

The golden rule of reading is “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and even though I’m not in this instance, it would lead to the same decision: buy it, read it, love it. This last year has been filled with beautiful book after beautiful book and entertaining storyline after entertaining storyline....

Illustration of a pear sitting on top of three books

Perfect Pear-ings

Your Bow Tie Literacy Guy Michael Guevara is showcasing his favorite book pairings! Add these titles to your classroom library and download an accompanying ELA lesson. Happy reading!

3 book covers against a light blue background. The first is #NeverAgain, the second is People Kill People, and the third is Parkland Speaks.

#Neveragain—No, Really

From San Antonio, you take I-35 S until you hit Hwy. 90W just outside of the city limits. You’ll then hit Castroville, which everyone pronounces Casterville and drive a bit before getting to D’hanis. After D’hanis, you’ll pass through Sabinal, then Knippa, and about an hour and twenty minutes later...

Book cover of Kelly Yang's Parachutes. On the cover are two illustrated figures of Asian women, who are sisters. In the background are multicolored parachutes. To the right of the book is an illustrated green ribbon, with a sticker in front of it reading

Mental Health Awareness: Parachutes

It’s not a secret that people compare American schools with other countries’ schools, and Chinese schools are known as some of the strictest in terms of exams—particularly their college entrance exams called gaokao. In Kelly Yang’s book Parachutes, this topic is introduced right away. We find out...

Book with yellow cover and Asian American girl on the cover. Title reads

Mental Health Awareness: Yolk

In Yolk, author Mary H.K. Choi portrays a pair of estranged sisters. They’ve grown apart following their childhood in Texas and now both live in New York City separately. June is three years older, very successful in her vile finance job, and Jayne is in college and a bit egregious and...

Outline of person's head with a heart where the brain should be. Text reads

Mental Health Awareness Month: You'd Be Home Now

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s also the last full month of school for traditionally-scheduled districts. I think mental health is the last thing on our minds as we rush through final units, encourage students to turn in missing work, improve those failing grades to passing ones, and...