This week I am reading Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan.
This book has been selected for the Rhode Island Center for the Book’s Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI) initiative. The program targets readers in grades 3-6.
About The Book
From the KRARI website:
Veteran writer Sarah Weeks and first-time author Gita Varadarajan address common middle school fears of two young characters struggling to find their way. Joe and Ravi are from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Librarians across the country recommend the book as a read-aloud forcing the listener to walk in someone else’s shoes. Save me a Seat, full of empathy and humor, explores issues of diversity, culture, assumptions and parenting styles.
I am looking forward to reading this with kids and will be at our State House this weekend for the kick-off. I always appreciate the celebration of children’s reading and the push to create a statewide conversation about a particular book. This book feels like a good fit for a number of reasons. If you live in Rhode Island, I hope to see you there!
The Library of Congress promotes a number of literacy initiatives such as the “Kids Reading Across …” and you can read more about their work here. What’s your state’s book this year? Find out today!