* Grades 10-12

Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 8-18

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12 | 0 comments

What chapter book, nonfiction book, or novel has changed your readers? What book could they not put down? What 2017 novels or nonfiction did you turn to again and again? Curious City boldly declares their 2017 “Besties” — children’s books that have been our best friends this fine KidLit year!   (Look for the Besties Awards for ages 4-8 here!)   Image © Yuko Shimizu from A Crack in the Sea (Penguin)     Best Breaking of Gender Barriers (Using a Giant Hammer)   Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Series: Jasmine Toguchi Series , #1 By Debbi Michiko Florence Illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic Published...

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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 | 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 dive into...

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Piecing Me Together: A YA Discussion Guide About Race, Class, Gender, and Intersectionality

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, Theme: African American, Theme: Arts & Crafts, Theme: At-Risk Youth, Theme: Book Clubs, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Social Change, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

  PIECING ME TOGETHER: YA Discussion Guide Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Community Groups, Book Clubs Best Audience: Children Grades 07-12   ABOUT THE GUIDE Sometimes it feels like I leave home a whole person, sent off with kisses from Mom, who is hanging her every hope on my future. By the time I get home I feel like my soul has been shattered into a million pieces. . Mom’s love repairs me… . Listening to these mentors, I feel like I can prove the negative stereotypes about girls like me wrong. That I can and will do more, be more. . But when I leave? It happens again. The shattering....

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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 | 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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Deadly Flowers: Ninja Game for Libraries & Bookstores

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, KidLit Tool: Activities for Chapter Books & MG, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, KidLit Tool: Game, KidLit Tool: Library Tour, KidLit Tool: Treasure Hunt, Theme: Book Clubs, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Fantasy, Theme: Kinetic Literacy, Theme: Mythology, Theme: Supernatural | 0 comments

DEADLY FLOWERS Ninja Game for Libraries, Book Clubs & Bookstores Best Users: Librarians, Book Clubs, Bookstores Best Audience: Children Grades 05-10   ABOUT THE ACTIVITY Librarians, booksellers, and book clubs can use this game not only to engage readers with Kata’s ninja adventures in Deadly Flowers and Deadly Wish (Boyds Mill Press), but also to engage them in using the library or bookstore as a resource. School librarians may find the kit to be a great way to introduce readers to the layout and search tools of the library at the beginning of the term. In the game, three teams follow...

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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 | 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: I’m Your...

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