As a child in Iowa, there were no racial minorities in my neighborhood and the values and family practices discussed in the school books were utterly White American. That didn’t mean that I was the middle of anything.
The need for connection with book ideas and the relief and thrill they can bring, is powerful these days, more than ever.
This week we’d like to encourage what may be new for many families…Poetry!
It’s never too early to begin reading to and talking with a child. Language and communication skills are acquired from birth. Read on.
Make learning fun by creating challenges, inviting exploration, and sharing what’s learned through conversations that affirm everyone’s experiences.
Authors’ voices are heard and emotions are felt when we read with expression.
Self-selected reading offers children an opportunity to discover their passions.
Stories delight and entertain. Factual books can add enhance stories’ topics. There’s a place for both fiction and nonfiction books on every bookshelf.
Toys are the tools children use to learn about their world. Books can diversity playtime by introducing other cultures to a child’s frame of reference.
Factual information helps people feel empowered and safe. A new COVID-19 collection of books written in English and Spanish, and narrated in many languages helps high-risk, underserved children and families navigate this stressful pandemic.