"If we are lucky each of us has, in our reading lives, a book that leaves us forever changed, a book that causes us to think about ourselves before and after we met the characters and ideas on the page." ~~Pamela K. Coke
Coke sums up why I wanted to become an English teacher, why I write this blog, and why I have chosen to write articles and books about authors and their work.
I am convinced my life would have taken a different turn had it not been for books read during adolescence that changed me forever.
I can’t thank all those responsible, but thanks, especially to,
Mama, who put the first book in my hand.
Maya Angelou (autobiographical series)
Mildred D. Taylor (e.g., Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry)
Malcolm X (autobiography)
Judy Blume (e.g., Tiger Eyes)
Source:“It's in My Hands: Creating a Space for Nonfiction in the Literature Classroom," Signal Journal, 31.2, Fall 2008, p. 20-24.
*Ms. Artis was my eighth grade English and French teacher.