Category Archive: Multicultural

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

Native American Heritage Month

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When I was a sixth grade teacher, one thing I always wanted more of were good books that opened up a dialogue with students about a variety of historical topics. I wanted more… Continue reading

Bicycles, Books, and Service Learning (Oh my)

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    While splashing through rain puddles, running errands, and joining in group rides—all month long I’ve been pedaling through my pledge to ride my bicycle each and every day of April. It’s called… Continue reading

Review: The Nameless City

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Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. 9781626721562. 2016. Gr. 4-7. Nameless City is the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks. The core of the story revolves… Continue reading

We are all part of the human family

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Human rights and respect for others are values we want to instill in our children. As we grew up in the fifties, my parents taught us The Golden Rule of “Do unto others… Continue reading

Review: The Wrath & The Dawn

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The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of Arabian Nights told within a fantasy world. Khorsan is ruled by an eighteen year old king or caliph, Khalid who takes a new bride… Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

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In honor of upcoming Mother’s Day, I’ve selected 3 new picture books illustrating the joys and sorrows of motherhood. A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World by Christine Leronimo… Continue reading

Books and Gender

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I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of upper elementary-age boys at a local public school last week. Their wonderful librarian had set up the “guys group” to be a focus… Continue reading

Book Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter

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The Tyrant’s Daughter, by J.C. Carleson.  9780449809983.  2014. gr 8-12. For me, anything that sheds light on Middle East culture is a good thing since I know nothing about it.  This illuminating story… Continue reading