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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Nikki Grimes: A One-Woman Hurricane of Change

Hello, readergirlz! Here's a repost from my blog. Please feel free to repost!

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Meet one of my writer-mentors, Nikki Grimes, a NY Times bestselling author and Coretta Scott King award winner. She is brilliant and fierce and 100% heart.

She called me last night to check in on me, shored me up with some solid advice, and then told me her chilling story. Just nine days after speaking at a school in Arkansas, the entire town was leveled by a hurricane. "Cherish every day," she told me. "Every day."

Nikki is a woman after my own heart. She is singlehandedly spearheading her own Operation Teen Book Drop by trying to replenish that school's devastated collection of young adult titles. So if you didn't rock the readergirlz drop and still have YA books lying around that are in need of a good home, consider sending a few of them here:

Jimma Holder
Literacy Specialist
Mena Public Schools
501 Hickory
Mena, AR 71953
Today, I am grateful to be surrounded by friends who are changemakers. Who are forces of nature. Who live by their words and actions.

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~justina, readergirlz diva

9 comments:

kalea_kane said...

That is VERY dear. I am going to look around here. :)

Little Willow said...

Posted at my blog and at GuysLitWire. I hope folks contribute!

Melissa Walker said...

Getting a box ready right now!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

We love Nikki! And this work!

holly cupala said...

I admire her efforts so much. Thanks, Justina, for letting us know!

Color Online said...

Edi from Crazy Quilts posted about this.

I'll be working in the library I run this weekend. I'll be forwarding a box. And will post about this.

Thanks,

susan said...

Your post is linked here, Little Lov'n Monday. Hope it brings you traffic and new regular readers.

Hope some of you will participate in LLM, too. Book prizes and opportunity to support fellow bloggers.

susan said...

Justina,
I'm putting a box together. Is she requesting specific grade levels? Is she collecting for all schools?

Color Online said...

We, at Color Online, emulate women like Nikki Grimes. Talking is fine. Doing is better.

Box of 15+ plus in the mail today.

Kudos to Justina for sharing this with us.