* Grades 06-09

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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Hyacinth & the Secrets Beneath: A Book Stack Treasure Hunt

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, KidLit Tool: Game, KidLit Tool: Library Tour, KidLit Tool: Treasure Hunt, Theme: Book Clubs, Theme: Fantasy, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

HYACINTH AND THE SECRET BENEATH: A Book Stack Treasure Hunt to Introduce the Series Best Users: Librarians, Booksellers, Educators, Book Clubs Best Audience: Children Grades 03-06   ABOUT THE GUIDE This event kit is designed not only to introduce readers to the middle grade series that Booklist called a “wild ride that’s fun, freaky, outlandish, and suspenseful,” but also to introduce readers to the layout of your library or bookstore. Perfect for book clubs or tween events! In the first book in the series, Hyacinth, who recently moved to London, makes a near-fatal mistake when...

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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...

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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, 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 retelling...

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Deadly Flowers: Ninja Game

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, 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, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 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...

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