Reading to Relate: Cover to Cover Session 2

By: Julie Vazquez

BHGH of NY is thrilled to announce that our second series of Cover to Cover is underway. On Tuesday, February 26th, our scholars returned back from their Mid-Winter Recess eager and ready to participate in our Spring Book Club. For this Spring edition of Cover to Cover, we have brought back two scholar favorites including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie as our freshmen read, and The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore as our sophomore read.  

Books open up a new door for exploration and adventure outside my daily life. - Senior, Kalia 

Additionally and with much excitement, we were able to add two new Cover to Cover books into our reading rotation this semester. Our junior scholars are reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It tells an inspiring true story of a devoted attorney who has dedicated his life to serving underrepresented people in the criminal justice system. Our second addition is We Believe You by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino. This senior read shares the amazing stories of survivors of college campus sexual assault. We kicked off our very first senior session with a special workshop led by The Healing Center, a local, Brooklyn-based health and wellness organization. The session not only spoke to our scholars around the topic of consent, but also provided them with an abundance of supportive resources. As our seniors prepare to head off to college, not only did we believe this topic was relevant, but we also believed there was no better time to educate our scholars.  

When asking scholars what they were most excited about this second Cover to Cover series, they answered:  

“I’m looking forward to reading about a topic that I can connect to in more ways than one. So far, “Just Mercy” has talked about the trials and tribulations of black men and women on death row and what their lives are like. It also explains the experience of lawyers when prosecuting these cases. Both of these topics are ones I can relate to personally.”  

Mejeen Mclain; junior scholar 





“I am most looking forward to connecting with my peers through literature. Books open up a new door for exploration and adventure outside my daily life. Having the opportunity to challenge myself to talk about “difficult” topics in a safe space is exciting. These conversations with my peers and staff will not only allow for a better understanding of issues discussed, but furthermore provide me with methods to combat these very issues.”

Kalia Wamer; senior scholar   



We look forward to sharing their process as it unfolds!