1. Toxic stress is the heavy hand of early poverty, scripting a child’s life not in the Horatio Alger scenario of determination and drive, but in the patterns of disappointment and deprivation that shape a life of limitations.

    — 

    Poverty as a Childhood Disease, by Perri Klass.

    As we saw at this year’s schoollibraryjournal Public Library Leadership Think Tank, school and public libraries have a very strong role to play in mitigating the effects of poverty, for both children and their caregivers. 

    (via librarylinknj)

  2. Infrastructures of Opportunity: Poverty, Writing, & Boo →

    roxanegay:

    This all got me thinking about Behind the Beautiful Forevers. I was wary as I read the book because all too often, we see the stories of people of color mediated through white writers. We see the stories of the poor mediated through the lens of privilege. 

    Yes. Yes. Yes. These stories need to be told, but who is telling them? And who should be?