Tag Archives: @EsMteach

June 23

“Eight reasons we’re ready: Human Rights, Social Justice, and LGBTQ Book Clubs” by Emily Meixner, Rachel Scupp, and Rachel’s 8th grade students at Grover Middle School

Last fall, I had the good fortune of being welcomed into Rachel Scupp’s 8th grade IRLA (Integrated Reading Language Arts) classes.  Earlier in the summer, I had mentioned to Rachel that I wanted to develop LGBTQ middle grade curriculum — to which she immediately replied, “Why not my classes? We teach a social justice curriculum!” […]

November 06

Fear Not The Adaptation by Emily Meixner

This summer my son finished reading all thirteen books in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events series. He’d wandered uninterested past the first few books on our bookshelves for several years, even though he knew my husband had read and enjoyed them.  Then, this spring, as we desperately waited for sunshine and warmer weather, we […]

July 07

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: A Retro-Review by Emily Meixner

There is only one thing in this world right now that I want. I want to get out of here.  I want to get up, go find my sister and drag her out the front door.  I don’t want either of us to ever set foot in this place again. I’m starting to think things […]

December 11

Nerdy Book Club: The Threads that Connect Us by Jennifer Shettel and Emily Meixner

This is the story of how two complete strangers became friends, all because of the Nerdy Book Club.   Jen: “For the past ten years, I have been teaching college courses on children’s and young adult literature.” As soon as I read the opening line of Emily Meixner’s April 12, 2014 Nerdy Book Club post, […]

May 29

Girls and Graphic Novels by Emily Meixner

My eight-year-old niece loves graphic novels.  She ingests them voraciously, and when I saw her during the winter holidays, ninety percent of that time she was reading.  Truth be told, I didn’t actually see her all that much – I just saw her fingers and the top of her head.  That’s her in the photo […]

March 12

Retro Review: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien by Emily Meixner

At some point last year, a colleague popped by my office and handed me a large plastic bag of children’s books his teenage daughter had decided she no longer needed.  Knowing that I often take these discarded books and distribute them among my English education students who are beginning to build their classroom libraries, he […]

May 23

We’re All In This Together by Emily Meixner

Most of the people in my life have rich reading lives.  As an English professor, this isn’t surprising.  I’m surrounded all day every day by colleagues who love to read and read voraciously.  But this passion for reading isn’t exclusive to members of my particular department.  Virtually everyone I know from every department on campus […]

April 12

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Can’t Stop Reading Children’s & Young Adult Literature by Emily Meixner

For the past ten years, I have been teaching college courses on children’s and young adult literature.  Even after a decade, it’s still a thrill, and every semester I look forward to new books and new students.  Occasionally, usually around mid-semester, a student will ask why I love these texts so much: “Don’t you want […]