Theme: Character Education

The Blue Pool of Questions: Guide to Classroom & Community Conversations

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, KidLit Tool: Video & Book Trailers, Theme: Character Education, Theme: Community Service & Service Learning, Theme: Cross Generational, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Social Change, Theme: Social Justice, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 2 comments

  THE BLUE POOL OF QUESTIONS Guide to Classroom & Community Conversations Best Users: Librarians, Booksellers, Educators, Community Groups Best Audience: Children Grades 02-12   ABOUT THE ACTIVITY The Blue Pool of Questions (Penny Candy Books) is an award-winning illustrated book for all ages.  In the tale, a man asks so many big questions that his questions form a pool that grows to the size of an ocean.  That pool strands the people who like “everyday answers” and have forgotten “what questions look like.”  The man, however, cannot look away from his questions and chooses to...

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Step Right Up: Artist Process Video & Kindness Pledge

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activity Sheet, Theme: African American, Theme: Character Education, Theme: History (US), Theme: Social Justice, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

STEP RIGHT UP Considering Kindness Best Users: Librarians, Educators, Art Educators Best Audience: Children Grades 02-05 ABOUT THE STORY It is hard to know where to begin with describing this award-winning non-fiction picture book.  Every part of the story of William “Doc” Key and his horse Jim Key is astonishing. That Doc raised the colt Jim to recognize letters, then to read, write, add, and subtract is more than compelling.  That formerly enslaved Doc Key used his stage show to teach post-war American lessons of kindness is doubly so. Performing from Broadway stages to...

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The Infamous Ratsos: Bikers & Lessons on Kindness

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activity Sheet, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, Theme: Anti-Bullying, Theme: Character Education, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 2 comments

THE INFAMOUS RATSOS Toughies vs. Softies and Lessons in Kindness Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Families Best Audience: Children Grades 01-04   BIKERS ON KINDNESS In a early chapter book The Infamous Ratsos, two brothers struggle to be the “toughies” their father wants them to be.  Ralphie and Louie try to be school bullies and neighborhood pranksters, but they keep messing things up giving others the impression that they are good kids (which, secretly, they are.) Who better to discuss the appearance of being tough vs. the drive to do good than…bikers.  Really? ...

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Finding Perfect: The Unfolding Identity Project

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, KidLit Tool: Activity Sheet, Theme: At-Risk Youth, Theme: Character Education, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 2 comments

FINDING PERFECT The Unfolding Identity Project   Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Counselors Best Audience: Children Grades 03-07 ABOUT THE ACTIVITY In the middle grade novel Finding Perfect,  Molly’s view of herself differs greatly from how others perceive her. Although Molly’s OCD makes her situation unique, we are all a little like Molly – who we present to the world is not always in perfect alignment with who we are on the inside. You can help your readers explore the layers of identity – both public and private – with a series of writing prompts.  The responses to the...

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Unidentified Suburban Object: Discussing Identity, Difference & Cross-Group Friendship

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, Theme: Anti-Bullying, Theme: Character Education, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Social Change, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 1 comment

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK In Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung (Scholastic, Inc.), Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who’s Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. She’s had it with people thinking that everything she does well — getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, et CETera — is because she’s ASIAN. Of course, her own parents don’t want to have anything to DO with their Korean background. Any time Chloe asks them a question, they change the subject. They seem perfectly happy to be the only...

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Another Kind of Hurricane: Giveaway Winners

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians, Theme: African American, Theme: Character Education, Theme: Community Service & Service Learning, Theme: Social Change, Theme: Social Justice | 6 comments

GIVEAWAY WINNERS of the award-winning MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL For Libraries, Educators & Community Groups Serving Grades 04-09 Curious City gave away 22 individual copies thanks to Random House and author Tamara Ellis Smith! A Bank Street Best Book of the Year! A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble. How they intertwine is at the heart of the beautiful, poignant novel Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith (Random House). When ten-year-old Zavion loses his home in Hurricane Katrina, he and his father are forced to flee to Baton Rouge. And when Henry, a ten-year-old boy in...

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