Turning Pages

Turning Pages is a collaborative effort featuring twelve local Boise BIPoC leaders, reading and discussing children’s books that hold deep meaning and importance to them.

Each ten-minute episode includes the reader’s introduction of their personal journey, examples of overcoming barriers, celebrating who they are, and how each selected book has enriched, inspired, and encouraged them.

Turning Pages was created to center BIPoC voices and role models, while elevating the importance of reading and literacy. Each episode seeks to engage K-6th grade learners, teachers, and parents in discussion and awareness of the diversity of experience and expertise found in our community.

You can visit the Turning Pages YouTube page here, or watch the videos below:

Turning Pages: Whitney Mestelle reads from The Last Stop on Market Street

From Turning Pages: Whitney Mestelle, a DEI strategist, speaker, social entrepreneur and the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Inclusive Idaho, reads from The Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Inclusive Idaho is focused on building inclusion and belonging for underrepresented, underserved and minoritized Idahoans. In…

Watch the video

Turning Pages: Life Ilunga reads from The Day You Begin

From Turning Pages: Life Ilunga, administrative assistant for the vice president of finance at Boise State University and board member of the International Health and Peace Initiative, shares: The Day You Begin, by Jaqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Life migrated to Boise from the D.R. of Congo in 2000. She graduated from Boise State…

Watch the video

Turning Pages: David “Eleven” Maxwell reads from Iggie’s House

From Turning Pages: David “Eleven” Maxwell, musician, writer and teacher, reads from Iggie’s House, by Judy Blume. Raised in East San Diego, David grew up playing multiple sports, reading literature, and writing. In college he played basketball and ran track and field. He graduated with a BS in Journalism/Writing and an MA in cross cultural…

Watch the video

Turning Pages: Leta Harris Neustaeder reads from Hair Love

From Turning Pages: Leta Harris Neustaedter is an arts educator, performer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and community organizer. She owns Metamorphosis Performing Arts Studio where she maintains a private practice and teaches lessons. She contracts with schools and organizations to create and facilitate arts-based curriculums and is a certified Change Leader through the Idaho Commission…

Watch the video

Turning Pages: RJay Barsh reads from Kia the Queen

From Turning Pages: RJay Barsh is an Assistant Basketball Coach at Boise State and Generation Wellness Trainer. Barsh, originally from Tacoma, Washington, spent seven seasons as the head coach at Southeastern University (NAIA) in Lakeland, Florida. While with SEU, Barsh led the Fire to three NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances and a Final Four,…

Watch the video
%d bloggers like this: