Reading is a great way to build your vocabulary, gain diverse insights and perspectives, enhance
writing skills, and simply enjoy learning and being entertained.  However, I know many teens (and a
good many adults for that matter) simply have a hard time getting into reading.  But since reading is
so essential to personal, professional, and education development; it is especially vital that teens
engage in extracurricular reading activities.  
Let’s Read! is a web-based read and discussion
program that attempts to increase teen reading.

To start, we have chosen several relevant books that address important issues and are
entertaining, easy to read, and thought provoking.  The program includes assigned independent
reading of portions of the texts followed by web-based discussion and analysis. Interacting with
others, hearing other perspectives, sharing ideas and revelations, is a great way to get into a book.
Our fourth book is
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. The screenplay of this novel will
be in theaters
on Christmas day.  It has already been nominated for a Golden Globe award.  It
would be cool if we read the book together before seeing it in the movies. It is a pretty quick read,
so we should be able to finish it in short order.
Other books on our expanding bookshelf include:  

        The Hate U Give  (completed)
                                           Dear Martin (Nic Stone) (completed)
                                         Buck: A Memoir (M.K. Asante)
                                      Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds)
                                      Children of Blood and Bone (Tomi Adeyemi)
                                           American Street (Ibi Zoboi)
                                  Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
                                 If Beale Street Could Talk (James Baldwin)

If you want to participate in
Let's Read!--and I hope you do, please fill out the short registration
form below, check out from your local library or purchase
If Beale Street Could Talk and you will
hear from us very soon.  We have scheduled
December 27, 2018 for our first discussion session,
so as soon as you get the book, start reading.  On the 2
7th we would like to start our web-based
discussion about the first 51 pages.  You might be further along by then, but that is where we will

You can share this page with friends you think might enjoy reading along with us!  Don't delay,
submit your registration form right away!
Let's Read!
A Web-Based Read and Discussion Program
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