Family Book Club: Out of My Mind

“Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do. Thoughts need words. Words need a voice.” Last week, fifteen families gathered in the Learning Village Library at 6 PM  Family Book Club, inspired by Sharon Draper’s novel Out of My Mind. Here […]

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Family Connection: Picture Books that Celebrate Gay Families

The other day I was in the library with a friend and fellow teacher, cleaning up after a volunteer event. She was looking through the books on display on the top of the shelves and picked up a copy of King and King, a fractured fairy tale in which a prince, searching for his future […]

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Things that Made My Brain Explode: February 15, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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Mae Among the Stars

What is your biggest dream? And how would you feel if you shared it, and someone said, “You can’t do that”? Mae Among the Stars sparked out of this world conversations with kindergarten and first grade this week. We are having so much fun learning about Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go to […]

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Insta Review: Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram How do you prepare for a devastating hurricane when you don’t know what a hurricane looks like or feels like? Can’t evacuate – no money, no car, nowhere to go. Can’t buy extra supplies – […]

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Oh yeah! Exploring Black History through Jazz

The beautiful book Jazz Baby, by Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie, and some fabulous tunes from Louis Armstrong, Ella FitzGerald, Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and John Coltraine were the perfect way to bring some swing into our storytime. We got our bodies moving, said a thank you to some important Black History Month musical heroes, […]

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Things that Made My Brain Explode: February 8, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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Behind the Shelves: Who Said That?

Your Who Said That? activity looks awesome! I’d love to see all of the pics, descriptions and quotes if you are up for sharing! I think I’d learn something new, too. 🙂 -Karen February is Black History Month, and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend extra time talking about amazing Black figures, both past and […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… February 4, 2019

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from February 4th! With our 2019 Challenge taking up this wall all January, it’s been awhile since my last check in! My recent favorites include Pride, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Blended, Mercí Suarez Changes Gears (which won the Newbery a few weeks later!), the graphic novel adaptation […]

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