Tag Archives: diverse children’s books

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Rosetta’s Tech Manual

More than 2,200 years ago, King Ptolemy V of Egypt decreed a holiday in honor of gods most of us have never heard of. He decided to have his pronouncement carved into a stone (which we now call the Rosetta Stone) so no one would forget all of the sacrificing, praying and hoopla that went along with holidays […]

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Who REALLY Needs Diverse Books, Anyway?

I came across an article in the Pacific Standard magazine recently that got me thinking about what diversity in children’s books really means. It was authored by Noah Berlatsky, a somewhat controversial writer and cartoon editor. In it he says, “Diverse kids’ literature gives children of color a chance to see themselves as heroes, which is vital. […]

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Knowing and Growing Takes All Types of Books

Storybooks. The term conjures up images of fairy tales and mythical creatures and villains and heroines of all kinds. It reminds me of spending time with the characters in beloved series books for youngsters, like Encyclopedia Brown, Junie B. Jones, Ramona, Emelia Bedelia, Frog and Toad, The Magic School Bus, Magic Tree House and the […]

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Free at Last

It was the spring of 1968. Seven of us students from Kansas University were gleefully headed from Lawrence, Kan., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., anticipating acting out our personal freedom fantasies during a week on the beach. That journey didn’t turn out as we had planned, but then fantasies rarely do. We headed southeast for the long journey […]

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Raising Life-long Readers is Up to Us!

17 Great Read-Alouds for Preschoolers!   23 Never-Fail Read-Aloud Choices! Reading Aloud—the Launch-pad for Great Conversation! Parents and teachers see these kinds of headlines all the time. They are a constant reminder of the importance of reading with our kids and of the truly fabulous and fairly steady stream of wonderful book choices available from […]

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The UNcommon Core

I’ve just returned from the annual International Literacy Association conference which was held in St. Louis, Missouri. I was impressed most particularly with the ubiquity of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a touchstone for virtually everything that was being showcased in the huge exhibit hall. Every book publisher seemed to have something to […]

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It’s a Lovely DIA in the Neighborhood

Today, on April 30th, DIA will be celebrated by the American Library Association. DIA is about rejoicing in diversity in children and in the books they are offered to read. Diversity is such a very broad topic that it’s hard for any of us to get our heads around all of it. When folks throw in […]

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Women Weave a Tapestry of History, Learning

Okay, boys and girls, let’s name 10 things that women have done to enrich our history or enhance our opportunities. Right, okay, sure…uh…let’s see…hmmm. For me at least, that question is harder than I think it should be. I grew up long before there was much effort to educate children—boys and girls—that history should showcase the […]

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Linguistically Speaking…

Today our publisher, Holly Hartman, and I were talking about how sad it is that so few Americans speak a second language. We speculated that the positive impact of everyone speaking an additional language would have an enormous impact on our learning lives and, in particular, on our economy. We took turns praising those we knew […]

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Look at All the BOOKS, Honey!

New readers can get overwhelmed when presented with an abundance of books from which to choose. Beyond a random grab or selecting books based upon cover designs, novices don’t know how to select books the way more experienced readers do and little ones can get lost in the dizzying number of choices. So, how do […]