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.

School Summer Reading Lists: A Brief and Nerdy History

School summer reading lists originated in the 19th century. Why did they begin and how have they evolved over time? Read on to find out!

Critical Race Theory Books to Help You Make Sense of all the Hubbub

Learn more about Critical Race Theory in this introductory guide listing essential reads like Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic.

20 Great Books About Music for Young Readers

Music provides the soundtracks for life’s biggest moments! Check out these books about music for tuneful tots, tweens, and teens, including Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan.

What is the Best Way to Teach Reading? A Literacy Professor Weighs In

To understand where we are in the conversation around how to teach reading, we have to understand where we've been. Let's dive in, shall we?

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.