Theme: History (US)

Step Right Up: Artist Process Video & Kindness Pledge

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activites for Picture Books, 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 retelling...

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Nice Work, Franklin!: Book & Artwork Winners

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians, Theme: History (US) | 0 comments

PICTURE BOOK GIVEAWAY For Educators & Librarians Serving Kids in Grades 02-06 (Giveaway Closed – Winners Below!) Thanks to Penguin Kids, we gave away 10 copies of this Presidential Picture Book with 10 FDR portraits by illustrator Larry Day! THE PICTURE BOOK As one of our most inspirational and determined presidents, Franklin Roosevelt overcame his disability to lead the country out of the Great Depression. With their anticipated non-fiction picture book, Nice Work, Franklin! (Penguin Kids), author Suzanne Tripp Jurmain and illustrator Larry Day team up to tell the story of how our...

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28 Days: Audio Performances Promote African American History

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Theme: African American, Theme: Audiobooks, Theme: History (US) | 0 comments

Curious City DPW loves when books come alive for young readers. Live Oak Media has recorded the non-fiction picture book 28 DAYS: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated by Shane W. Evans and AudioFile Magazine is offering one excerpt each day of the 28 days of African American History Month. Creative director Dion Graham has choreographed an astounding production with performances that include Dion Graham himself, William Jackson Harper,  Zainab Jah, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell,  Jonathan, Earl Peck and Carter Redwood....

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Words as Freedom: Poetry Workshop Based on Don Tate’s Poet

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, KidLit Tool: Activites for Picture Books, Theme: African American, Theme: History (US), Theme: Poetry | 0 comments

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses 
Horton, a nonfiction picture book by Don Tate (Peachtree Publishers), 
tells the story of a North Carolina man who spent his lifetime writing and performing poetry despite being enslaved. For most of Horton’s life, words were the only freedom available to him. “Fascinated by the power of words, Horton taught himself to read and began composing verses…remarkable man’s life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review POETRY WORKSHOP For Classrooms, Libraries &...

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Searching for Silverheels: Book Club Kit

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, KidLit Tool: Book Club Kit, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, Theme: Book Clubs, Theme: Cross Generational, Theme: History (US), Theme: Women's History | 0 comments

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK
 The political climate of 1917 Como, Colorado, churns with the declaration of war against Germany, exhibitions of patriotism and accusations of un-American behavior, and a lone cry for the women’s right to vote. Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books) opens with 13-year-old Pearl saying that it is “strange how sometimes, even though the whole world is changing around you, everything can feel so much the same.” But, like every girl coming of age, the world starts to affect Pearl’s day-to-day life in Como. The war will bring...

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