Theme: Social Change

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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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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Unidentified Suburban Object: Discussing Identity, Difference & Cross-Group Friendship

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, Theme: Anti-Bullying, Theme: Character Education, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Social Change, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 1 comment

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK In Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung (Scholastic, Inc.), Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who’s Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. She’s had it with people thinking that everything she does well — getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, et CETera — is because she’s ASIAN. Of course, her own parents don’t want to have anything to DO with their Korean background. Any time Chloe asks them a question, they change the subject. They seem perfectly happy to be the only...

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Another Kind of Hurricane: Giveaway Winners

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians, Theme: African American, Theme: Character Education, Theme: Community Service & Service Learning, Theme: Social Change, Theme: Social Justice | 6 comments

GIVEAWAY WINNERS of the award-winning MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL For Libraries, Educators & Community Groups Serving Grades 04-09 Curious City gave away 22 individual copies thanks to Random House and author Tamara Ellis Smith! A Bank Street Best Book of the Year! A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble. How they intertwine is at the heart of the beautiful, poignant novel Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith (Random House). When ten-year-old Zavion loses his home in Hurricane Katrina, he and his father are forced to flee to Baton Rouge. And when Henry, a ten-year-old boy in...

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The Another Kind of Hurricane Project: Connecting with Communities in Need

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, KidLit Tool: Event Kit, Theme: African American, Theme: Community Service & Service Learning, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Social Change, Theme: Social Justice | 5 comments

ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE Service Learning Project   Best Users: Educators Grades  04-12, Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Community Groups, Faith Groups Best Audience: Children Grades 04-12   In the stunning debut novel, Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith (Random House Children’s Books) two very different characters—a black boy who loses his home in Hurricane Katrina and a white boy in Vermont who loses his best friend in a tragic accident—come together to find healing. The “Another Kind of Hurricane” Project (AKOH Project) hopes to inspire...

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