* Grades 03-06

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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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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Some Writer: Creating Art with E.B. White’s Words

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activity Sheet, Theme: Arts & Crafts, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

SOME WRITER! THE STORY OF E.B. WHITE Creating Art with White’s Words Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Families Best Audience: Children Grades 02-05 ABOUT THE ACTIVITY After reading Melissa Sweet’s Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White (HMH), you can offer your readers quotations from White to use it in a collage or shadow box. The activity sheet provides the quotations.  All you need to add is collage materials, boxes, scissors, glue sticks, inspiration and to be (as E.B. White said), “obscure clearly.” This slideshow requires JavaScript.   DOWNLOAD THE ACTIVITY Some Writer: Quotes to...

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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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Lion, Lion: Story Hour Kit

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, KidLit Tool: Play Groups, KidLit Tool: Story Hour Kit, KidLit Tool: Treasure Hunt, Theme: African American, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

LION, LION Story Hour Kit Best Users: Early Childhood & Elementary Educators, Librarians, Booksellers, Families Best Audience: Children Grades 00-02 ABOUT THE KIT In the picture book Lion, Lion, a boy is looking for his kitten named Lion. He encounters a large lion who is looking for lunch. The boy and his animal friends start to suspect that the lion might have swallowed the kitten! Do not despair! The boy has a red flashlight and a plan… With the activities in this Story Hour Kit, your readers can make their own trusty red flashlight and go looking for the lost kitten. Where will they...

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