May 31, 2020

The heading says it all, and at this time when racism continues to rear it's ugly head, we must remember those words. Many people feel like children are too young to discuss racism but not addressing what they experience and see is actually allowing racism to continue....

February 2, 2020

I'm sure you are familiar with the stop light and chances are you have heard of its inventor, Garrett Morgan, but he was UNSTOPPABLE.  As a kid when he saw a problem, he wanted to solve it. This passion propelled him into greatness, but a journey full of red and yellow...

November 7, 2019

Here is a great non-fiction text that teaches readers about Mary Blair, the artist and creator of Disney’s, Small World Attraction. In addition to being a story all about her life and career, it provides a powerful lesson about grit, creativity, and history as it relat...

October 17, 2019

PEDAL POWER is the story of the people who led protests against the unsafe streets and took over a vehicles-only tunnel on their bikes, showing what a little pedal power could do! When Amsterdam became crowded with bicyclists the people in the community decided they ne...

October 10, 2019

Here are four amazing books that teach children how to come together to enact change, and strengthen community. Just imagine how much stronger our world would be if we helped our youngest readers value themselves and their communities. 

Grace Goes to Washington: While t...

September 11, 2019

I distinctly remember where I was at that time the plane hit the first tower. I was instructing students in my 4th grade class. The devastation, the worry, sadness , fear their flooded my souls that day will forever be a part of me...History.

Today September 11th even w...

September 11, 2019

This is not the math you are used too, but in this case 2 things and the number 2 pencil must work as one. You see Linus the pencil wants to enter a contest but he is grouped or connected to Ernie the eraser who doubts and criticizes everything. This leaves Ernie with...

September 11, 2019

We lift our hands for many reasons. However I the last few years the act of lifting both hands has appeared to signal an act of submission often in response to aggression and fear. The picture book, Hands Up by Breanna McDaniel, reminds readers that raising your hands...

August 4, 2019

Based on the title of this post, you may have found yourself instantly singing a Whitney Houston song. However the "you" referenced in this title is not some dashing prince or bodyguard, but YOU, YOURSELF!  (Click on the book to purchase.)

Jason Reynolds has done it aga...

July 31, 2019

Have you ever met someone and wondered what was their life story?  Too often people make assumptions about others based on stereotypes instead of taking the time to get to know others. This leads to hate, discrimination, false accusations, brutality and a loss of oppor...

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