How a Coronavirus Story Hour Became the Highlight of My Week
During the coronavirus lockdown, a fifth-grade teacher, Linda, contacted me asking for help. She teaches in a school district in Southern California where over 80 percent of the students qualify for free lunches. Linda was struggling with students’ not showing up for online class. “Before the lockdown, I had started reading ‘It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel,’ so I thought of asking if you have any ideas,” she said. “The kids all related to your story about being an immigrant and having to translate for your mom.”
My immediate reaction was to do a weekly book club where I read to the students. This idea came to me not because I’m a writer, but because of Mrs. Sandberg, my first teacher in America.
When I moved to Whittier, Calif., from Iran in 1972, I spoke seven words of English: white, …continued .
[Source: New York Times]