Mikkaka Overstreet

Mikkaka Overstreet is from Louisville, Kentucky by way of Saginaw “Sagnasty”, Michigan. She has been an educator since 2006 and earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in 2015. By day she is a mild-mannered professor. By night she sleeps. In between, she belly dances, writes fiction, and reads books. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, cats, and snake.

Lil Nas X, Unapologetic Queerness, and the Books I Wish Upon My Past Self

The outcry against Lil Nas X's unapologetic queerness prompts a queer reader to write to her teen self about the books that might've helped.

Saying It Louder for the People in the Back: Kids NEED Queer Books

Let's say it louder for the people in the back: Kids need queer books. Adults need queer books. Everybody needs queer books.

Let it Snow! 10 Children’s Books About Snow

Let it snow! Let it snow! Bundle the kids up because we’ve got all the cute, fun, and thoughtful children’s books about snow, including Snowy Day by Anabel Soto.

It Takes a Village: How School Librarians Support Virtual Learning

School librarians are finding innovative ways to support virtual learning, stepping up to meet challenges in unprecedented times.

20 Ways to Read More in 2021 (When You Just Don’t Care Anymore)

These might not be REAL methods for reading more in 2021, but they're funny nonetheless.

Reading Logs for Kids (And More Easy Ideas to Support Kids’ Literacy)

A list of free and affordable reading logs for kids, plus some tips for using these and other tools to foster children's literacy.

Screen-Free Literacy Activities to Give Your Eyes a Break

Stuck at home staring at your screen? Here are screen-free literacy activities to help you out and keep it bookish.

6+ Books to Teach You about Judaism (So Your Jewish Friends Don’t Have To)

Do the work of educating yourself about other religions. Here's a list of books about Judaism for anyone looking for insight.

Read Harder: A Nonfiction Book About Anti-Racism

In this Read Harder Challenge post, we're recommending books for the task asking you to read nonfiction books about anti-racism.

Community Helpers in Children’s Books: Who is Helping and Which Communities?

We're taking a critical look at community helpers in children's books, including how they're depicted and who they're depicted as serving.