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.
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.