Spotlight Post: Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh et al.

Hey everyone! Today, I’m highlighting a book that is VERY important: Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Editor), Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Baptist, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle and Jacqueline Woodson. It published on January 3, 2017 from Crown Books for Young Readers.

Diversity has ALWAYS been important. But it’s especially important right now, with everything that’s happening in our country. United we stand, divided we fall – and the only way we can be united is if we stand up for those being discriminated against. Now is NOT the time to be silent.

You can learn more on If you want to join the conversation on social media, you can use the following hashtags and handles: #WNDBFlyingLessons – #WNDB – @DiverseBooks – @RandomHouseKids.

Without further adieu, here’s more about this incredibly important book:

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

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« “Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms.” —School Library Journal, starred review

« “The collection as a whole highlights the importance of perspective, perseverance, wonder, courage, and creativity during the middle school years. . . . Thought-provoking and wide-ranging, this first anthology from WNDB should not be missed.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

« “There’s plenty of magic in this collection to go around.” —Booklist, starred review

« “A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Interact with the Authors Online:

Ellen Oh (Editor): Website | Twitter

Kwame Alexander: Website | Twitter

Kelly J. Baptist: Website | Twitter

Soman Chainani: Website | Twitter

Matt de la Pena: Website | Twitter

Tim Federle: Website | Twitter

Grace Lin: Website | Twitter

Meg Medina: Website | Twitter

Walter Dean Myers: Website

Tim Tingle: Website | Twitter

Jacqueline Woodson: Website | Twitter

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