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MLK Day: A Reflection

Today, in the United States, we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Today, kids in the U.S. might eat breakfast in pajamas. Their parents might shop a sale. Many will see (and welcome!) a day off of school or work. Some will use today as a day of service.

It’s easy to let a day like today slide by without taking stock, without offering it the full measure of what a day like today deserves.

So let us consider today.

Ruminating Process Alongside Kidlit Creators: Centering Our Why

As we move forward this season, near concluding a challenging 2021, I aim to respect the messy writing process for myself. We will share with our students over and over that getting your ideas out doesn’t have to look one way; that they can move forward and backward and around again. They can toss out ideas and start anew. And while I do that, I’ll hold Jasmine and Olugbemisola’s thoughts close: as educators, let’s not stifle by virtue of supposed tos. There’s no wrong way. The final product need not look the way we initially imagined.