Category Archive: Primary (K-2)

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

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Goodbye Brings Hello : A Book of Firsts by Dianne White (ill. by Daniel Wiseman). 9780544798755. 2018. Gr PK-2. Yes, I do realize that for most of our readers, school has just finished… Continue reading

Summer is (almost) here again!

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For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It is an exciting, energy filled couple of weeks for students and teachers still in school. When I taught, it was the… Continue reading

Simple Acts of Kindness in Picture Books

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As adults, we struggle with how we can make a difference in the world. Think how much more helpless young children feel. The picture books below teach that kindness begins at home and… Continue reading

How Great Books Can Foster Students’ Voices

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Many students across the county have recently demonstrated to the world that teenagers have the power to use their intelligence, passion, and voice to bring attention to issues important to them and to… Continue reading

Moving Isn’t Easy, and Books Can Help us Understand

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After living near my hometown my entire life, I just recently moved to a new state that requires a plane ride or a cross-country road trip to get home. Moving is one of… Continue reading

Accepting Differences in Gender Identity

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Before Alex and Nathan were born, I spent a lot of time thinking about names—most importantly, the meaning of the name. Only Nathanial means gift of God (he was also born the day… Continue reading

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

You Can Do ANYthing! : Women Who Tried, Dared, & DID!

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Back in the mid-1970s, I was debating what I wanted to do after high school. My options seemed to be limited to nursing or secretarial work, and I was not thrilled about either… Continue reading

Black Characters in New Fiction

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Every February, we celebrate the achievements of men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Octavia E. Butler, and Rosa Parks. Most of the lists that I’ve made… Continue reading

Teaching the Refugee Experience

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There seem to be many opinions all over the world about refugees, where they should go and how people should help. There are times when myths and misconceptions shape these opinions due to… Continue reading