Neighbors called police when little black girl sprayed lanterns, exposing a deeper problem, mom says

CNN — A young girl’s fascination with the spotted lanternfly forces a community in northern New Jersey to grapple with racist ideas and what happens when police get a call from a black child. Nearly a month after a neighbor called the police to report the death of 9-year-old Bobbi Wilson, her mother, Monique Joseph, … Read more

Banned book lesson pushes Oklahoma teacher to campaign

By Sean Murphy, Associated Press writer Norman, Okla: (AP) – Summer Boismier was living her childhood dream. A bookworm grew up, became a high school English teacher, and filled the classroom and home with her favorite literature. She taught her students: “Stories are the foundation of the human experience. We all have them.” Boismier especially … Read more

7 Books You Should Read Right Now, According to TikTok

If you’ve walked into a bookstore in the past few years, you’ll notice the signs/stickers that say, “TikTok Made Me Buy it.” number? Here’s an example from an online retailer – this is the kind of metadata some publishers add on Amazon UK. Mentioning TikTok in the book title helps authors appear in TikTok related … Read more