Latino Read-In Was So. Much. Fun.

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Rebecca Edwards is the Librarian at CUES, and we also serve together as Friends of the Martin Luther King Jr Branch of the Oakland Public Library.

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the Latino Read-In, an annual event (there are also African-American and Asian Read-ins, and I'm already scheduled for the African American one in February) focused on having guest readers visit OUSD classrooms to read to kids, usually a book that is culturally or historically relevant.

I read to a 5th grade class at Community United Elementary School (5th grade is my favorite age) a book called Separate is Never Equal, about an important civil rights case for the Latino community, concerning discriminatory student assignment practices in Southern California.  It's by Duncan Tonatiuh.  

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As you can see, the kids were totally engaged and had lots of questions - deep questions!  About racism, history, whether I liked serving on the School Board, and more.  It was so much fun, and I'm looking forward to reading again in February.

When the student asked if I like my job on the School Board, I said that if I got to read aloud to students every day, it would be a lot more fun.  

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If you have not participated in one the read-ins, I encourage you to volunteer.  The next one will be the first week of February, and you can sign up with the Oakland Public Education Fund.


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