BOOK REVIEW #5: Through My Eyes

We are back with another book review, this time of Tammy Wilson’s Through My Eyes. Along with being a first time author, Tammy Wilson is a school principal at Discovery Elementary school in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The inspiration for writing the book arose following Tammy’s realization that there were no books in her school library…

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BOOK REVIEW #2: Going to Mecca

Book Review #2: Going to Mecca Author: Na’ima B. Robert Illustrator: Valentina Cavallini Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books     At the Somali Literacy Project, one of our goals is to find children’s books which are culturally responsive to the literary needs of Somali children. With that said, we were delighted to find Going to…

And So it Begins: Literacy Workshop No. 1

Naima Shirdon When Sirad and I first began talking about the Somali Literacy Project, we knew we wanted it to be an effort steeped in community activism. Simply giving lip service to the complex issues of literacy within the Somali community is a one-dimensional approach, rather akin to diagnosing challenges and stopping short of actualizing…