KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions

A Crack in the Sea: A Guide for Educators & Readers

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Fantasy, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Social Change, Theme: Social Justice, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

A CRACK IN THE SEA: A Guide for Educators & Readers Best Users: Librarians, Educators, Book Clubs Best Audience: Children Grades 05-10 ABOUT THE GUIDE The novel A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) opens a door from our world and our history into a second world.  Through mysterious cracks in the sea, a group of Africans escape death at the hands of slavers in 1781, and a group of Vietnamese refugees escape death by exposure on the open sea in 1978. Each of the groups discover a world with a vast ocean and sparse islands where refugees from our world have begun again. ...

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Skating with the Statue of Liberty: Discussion Guide

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, Theme: African American, Theme: Book Clubs, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: History (US), Theme: Immigration, Theme: Jewish American, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

SKATING WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Discussion Guide Best Users: Librarians, Educators, Book Clubs Best Audience: Children Grades 05-07   ABOUT THE GUIDE Looking to study immigration? Looking to connect historical immigration to the current debate of who should enter the U.S.? Author Susan Lynn Meyer’s father was born the same year as Anne Frank.  Both Jewish families sought refuge in the United States during World War II.  One family was accepted and one family was denied. The paired novels Black Radishes and Skating with the Statue of Liberty (Random House) are the fictional...

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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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The Storyteller: Activities for Educators, Librarians & Readers

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activity Sheet, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, Theme: Community Service & Service Learning, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 2 comments

THE STORYTELLER Activities for Educators, Librarians & Readers Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Community Groups, Families Best Audience: Children Grades 02-05   ABOUT THE ACTIVITY The tales in award-winning picture book The Storyteller by Evan Turk (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) pay tribute to the legendary stories told in the public squares of Morocco, and the artwork honors the colors and symbolism of the country’s traditional carpets. The following activities play with the themes and images of the book and offer readers deeper exploration.     AL-GARRAB: Quench...

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Either the Beginning or End of the World: YA Engagement Resources

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in * Grades 10-12, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, KidLit Tool: I'm Your Neighbor, Theme: At-Risk Youth, Theme: Cross Generational, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

Either the Beginning or End of the World YA ENGAGEMENT RESOURCES Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Booksellers, Cambodian American Organizations, Book Clubs, Veteran Groups Best Users: Readers Grades 10-Adult The Engagement Resources: SHARE the Video / Book Trailer     LISTEN to Cambodian American Singer Bochan DOWNLOAD Either the Beginning or End of the World: Discussion & Resource Guide. The guide includes: — Themes — Background: Khmer Rogue Regime — Background: PTSD and the Cambodian Experience — Discussion Questions — Playlist — Skype & Author Visit Info — Resource:...

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What a Beautiful Morning: Story Hour with Alzheimer’s Resources

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activity Sheet, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, KidLit Tool: Story Hour Kit, Theme: Cross Generational, Theme: Music, Theme: Physical Fitness | 0 comments

What a Beautiful Morning STORY HOUR KIT Best Users: Early Childhood & Elementary Educators, Librarians, Booksellers, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Support Groups Best Audience: Children Grades 00-05 About the Kit: Many in our communities struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  While the disease affects the entire family, children can feel the changes in a loved one most acutely. How can you be a catalyst for conversation and connection? The picture book What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur A. Levine & illustrated by Katie Kath (Running Press) explores Alzheimer’s...

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