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Goal: Bury the White House in Books

Goal: Bury the White House in Books School Library Journal By Mahnaz Dar Librarians seeking a way to make their voices heard among the new political administrative have a new outlet. A social… Continue reading

A Valentine’s for the President

Lesson Plans for Teaching Radiant Child

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe was recently awarded the Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for Radiant Child. Radiant Child is a picture book biography of… Continue reading

Books about Holi (होली)

From March 12 – 13, Holi (होली) will be celebrated. Unfortunately, as of now, there are not many children’s books published in English about Holi. Here is a list of titles: Rani Celebrates… Continue reading

Finding Hope, Strength, and Resilience in Children’s Books

We’ve put up a new display outside the Lower and Middle School Libraries.  Posted above the display are Gandhi’s words, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  Also Woody Guthrie’s… Continue reading

Mock Caldecott Selections: 2017

  Frank and Lucky Get Schooled School’s First Day of School Giant Squid Freedom in Congo Square They All Saw a Cat Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to… Continue reading

Mock Newbery Selections: 16 for 2016 – 2017

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin Pax by Sara Pennypacker Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds Towers Falling by… Continue reading

Fierce Fathers: An Addition to a Single-Parent Family Picture Book Collection

After publishing my previous post, I realized that my list did not feature picture books that focused solely on the experience of fatherhood.  Although this is not a book explicitly addressing single-parenting, it… Continue reading

Single-Parent Family Picture Books

Recently, I was asked to put together a list of picture books for young children ages 2-4 with single parent households.  Here are my top picks: The Great Big Book of Families by… Continue reading