Diona Graves

About Diona Graves

Diona Graves is a Collection Development Specialist at Booksource and a proud book nerd since childhood. She remembers pulling the old “flashlight under the covers” trick as a kid and continues to sacrifice a good night’s sleep for a good book. She has an English degree from Miami University Ohio and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Media Communications.

The Power of Story: Recommended Black History Month Titles for Every Grade Level

Established on the coattails of the Civil Rights Movement and Negro History Week, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1976 with the hope that the public would “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor through our history.” This is a […]

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I Read, You Read, Teens Read, We All Read! 5 YA Titles to Get Teens Reading

Teen Read Week is an opportunity to turn those reluctant teen readers into life-long book lovers. It’s important to ensure that students get the right books in their hands, so we’ve rounded up engaging young adult (YA) titles to get teens reading for the fun of it this week.
What Is Teen Read Week?
The Young Adult Library […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Contests and Freebies, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on I Read, You Read, Teens Read, We All Read! 5 YA Titles to Get Teens Reading

The Twilight Gender Swap: Enter for Your Chance to Win a Copy of the Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

Every “wild” reader always has a story that they continually come back to and reread, to “absorb a treasured story into their skin” (Donalyn Miller, Reading in the Wild), Life and Death (Grades 9-12) by Stephenie Meyer provides fans a chance to experience her contemporary classic, Twilight, all over again with fresh eyes. Now told […]

By |January 5th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Contests and Freebies, High School|Comments Off on The Twilight Gender Swap: Enter for Your Chance to Win a Copy of the Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

Highlights from NCTE 2015

This year I had the pleasure of attending National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and although it was rather chilly outside, the convention inside was heating up with amazing conversations and discussions from English teachers across the country. The overall themes of the conference were responsibility, creativity and the […]

By |November 30th, 2015|Feature|Comments Off on Highlights from NCTE 2015

Coming of Age through a Cultural Journey

The shift from childhood to adolescence is often the defining moment when kids begin to wonder who they’re going to be. Sometimes it’s easier to see where you’re going once you’ve gained an understanding of where you’ve been. The protagonists in these books struggle with who they are and what they believe. It’s only after […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Scout Awards|Comments Off on Coming of Age through a Cultural Journey

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper: A Unique Perspective Of Civil Rights During the Great Depression

Grades 4-8, Lexile 740

Told from the perspective of Stella, a young African-American girl, Stella by Starlight (Grades 4-8, Lexile 740) begins one starlit night when she and her brother, JoJo, are out way past their bedtime witnessing something that they should never have seen. In the distance, the siblings see a flicker of flames burning […]

By |August 31st, 2015|Book Recommendation, Middle School, Scout Awards, Social Studies|Comments Off on Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper: A Unique Perspective Of Civil Rights During the Great Depression

Did the Movie Measure Up? “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Movie Review

Grades 9-12, Lexile 820

Jesse Andrews’ screen adaptation of his smart, quirky novel following the ever-hilarious Greg Gaines manages to be everything the book is and more.

I would like to give a special thanks to our Abrams rep, Eric Heidemann, for tickets to the advance screening! The big winner at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Book Recommendation, High School|Comments Off on Did the Movie Measure Up? “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Movie Review

Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

Every year several books make it to the big screen, and 2015 is no different. When books become movies, the words are magically brought to life, providing a visual depiction of the stories we’ve come to know and love. So let’s roll out the red carpet, because we’ve rounded up some of this year’s biggest […]

By |May 8th, 2015|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

Sun’s Out, Books Out!

Looking for ways to avoid the summer slump and keep students motivated to read? Then look no further than Booksource’s summer reading collections!

Even though students are relaxing and soaking up the sun, summer can still be the perfect time to read a fantastic book! You might be thinking “students aren’t going to interrupt pool or […]

By |April 3rd, 2015|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Middle School|Comments Off on Sun’s Out, Books Out!

Book Recommendation: Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Grades 3-7, Lexile 840
We’re under attack!!! At least that’s what the adult citizens of Greenwood, Mississippi, believe in the summer of 1964. They call the volunteers coming from the north, agitators, outsiders who want to disrupt their community and register African Americans to vote. As far as Sunny is concerned, the only injustice is in […]

By |January 20th, 2015|Book Recommendation|Comments Off on Book Recommendation: Revolution by Deborah Wiles