A Black Kid In A Hoodie Brings Tidings Of Comfort And Joy: Critical Linking, December 24, 2017

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The Snowy Day postage stamps present an opportunity to help heal implicit bias. The irony surrounding their iconic images is indisputable. The stamp’s illustrations were created by a Jewish immigrant who grew up in poverty and whose family suffered oppression in their homeland. Also, the stamps depict what has been perceived by some as threatening — an African American kid in a hoodie. Peter’s tender head is covered in the same ways that Trayvon Martin covered his head, and in a similar fashion to that of so many kids who, books in-hand, stride across the quads of America’s leading colleges and universities on a cold day. These boys are the thought-leaders of tomorrow, yet today they’re considered by some people to be trouble.

This is a beautiful and powerful piece about The Snowy Day and the US postage stamps honoring it. 


Goodreads’ data shows that The Hate U Give was the most searched-for 2017 book on the website this year. It also received the highest number of five-star reviews given to any new book in 2017, and was added to more users’ Want To Read shelves than any other new book this year. As you might have guessed, The Hate U Give also won two 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction and Best Debut Author.



Charles Dickens has pretty much dominated the Christmas story game for the last 170 years as of this week, since that’s when his famous novella A Christmas Carol was released. To break that down: that’s 170 years of knowing you’re going to hear the story of Bob Crachet, Tiny Tim, the ghost of Jacob Marley, and, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge around this time of year. And even though A Christmas Carol might be the best example of mixing high literature with the festive season, Dickens certainly wasn’t the only writer that could write a beautiful Christmas scene. Here are a few other classic, yet underrated, Christmas tales in literature.

‘Tis the season.

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