Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

If you answer YES to at least one of my questions, you're going to love today's video. If you do not answer YES to any of my questions, it must mean you have not read The Mighty Miss Malone.

*Are you mapping out how you're going to book talk The Mighty Miss Malone to your students?

*Do you want to place it in the hands of every child who enters your library, bookshop, or classroom?

*Do you get teary-eyed just thinking about the trials and tribulations of Deza's family?

*Do you want to give precious Deza a big hug and tell her she's one of the bravest and smartest characters you've ever met?

*Do you send Colby Sharp random text messages about how you cannot stop thinking about Christopher Paul Curtis' characters?

*Did you go into work groggy because you were up all night reading?

* Did you start your 2013 Mock Newbery list with it?

*Do you want to add it to your social studies curriculum?

* Do you think it is a beautiful title that will make kids question their actions, think, and want to learn more about the Great Depression?

*Are you thankful
Christopher Paul Curtis told Deza's side of the story?

*Do you imagine yourself re-reading it in ten years?

I answered "yes" to every question. Thank you, Christopher Paul Curtis, for educating and inspiring me.

Borrow The Mighty Miss Malone from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


Random House created a top-notch educators guide.

"I have four rules for young people who want to be writers, and the first rule that I have is — and you've got to follow these. Rule number one is to write every day, because writing's like anything else that you do. The more you do it, the better you're going to get at it. " - Christopher Paul Curtis

Libraries have always been very special to Christopher Paul Curtis.


  1. Reading MISS MALONE right now. I haven't tweeted Colby Sharp about it, but otherwise, I can answer YES to all of your questions!

  2. I told a group of 3rd graders who just finished reading Bud Not Buddy about The Mighty Miss Malone. They were so excited. We are going to read it together.

  3. @Carol and @Alyson - Great news! Deza slips into my mind throughout the day. She's a one-of-a-kind character.

  4. Carol, feel free to Tweet me about it. I LOVE DEZA!

  5. I love Curtis's suggestions for young writers. I have no aspirations of being a writer and still it is fun and inspirational to hear writing suggestions from a writer. Thanks for introducing me to book trailers and to You Tube videos about children's books in general. I never knew they existed until I found your blog.