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Author Meg Medina is pretty awesome. Look what I got in the mail today!

favicon Most of my students, even if they’re big readers, don’t quite understand that there is an actual, live person writing the words they’re reading.

But really, to be fair, growing up, I thought the very same thing.

That’s why it makes me incredibly happy to let you know what happened today.

Meg Medina, a well-known author who writes excellent books, sent my students a copy of her very popular book, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Here it is!


OK, but it gets better. Ms. Medina also autographed the book and wrote a thoughtful note to my students:


It reads: “For Mr. Isero’s Students. Be good to each other.”

In case that wasn’t enough, Ms. Medina also included The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, published last year, which I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t yet read. But read it I will, and soon! (And yes, this book is also autographed.)

I am extremely appreciative of Ms. Medina’s contribution to our classroom library, and I look forward to showing the books to her biggest fans. Latina girls, in particular, love Yaqui. Thank you so much!

If you’d like to leave a kind word to thank Ms. Medina, please do so in the comments!

Or, better yet: Consider making a $10 donation on my recent DonorsChoose proposal, which is trying to get more copies of Yaqui. If you don’t like DonorsChoose, head on over to the KCP Wishlist. The books will come directly to me on my gift registry.

I’m hopeful that I can connect with more esteemed authors. Most of the good ones believe the same things what we do: Young people of color deserve to have access to tons of high-quality books in which they can see themselves and their futures. favicon


  1. Laura Hawkins

    That is so exciting!!! How powerful for students to realize that the AUTHOR of the books they enjoy cares about their learning! Ms. Medina did a truly remarkable thing!!

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