Resources for Talking to your Child about Immigration and Refugees

  When I first started working with kids, I was under the naive assumption that parents and teachers had complete power over the opinions of the children that they work with. “My students will always be kind and patient and tolerant,” I thought, “because that is what I will teach them.” Cute, right? Enter: Reality. Children […]

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Foiling Fake News with Fourth Graders

Over on School Library Journal today, STAB Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I are talking about Foiling Fake News, a unit we developed for fourth graders to help them to put their digital literacy and computer science skills to the test. We had a blast while helping our fourth graders to sharpen their critical thinking […]

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Resources for Talking to Your Child about 13 Reasons Why

Note: This post is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, and students, instead of a personal reflection. If you would like to hear my personal feelings about 13 Reasons Why or engage in a discussion about difficult topics in young adult literature, I invite you to contact me privately via email at fitzbetweentheshelves@gmail.com.  When […]

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Visiting Author: Liz Starin

Liz Starin is both an author and an illustrator, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School students have had so much fun learning about her and sharing her work during an author visit thanks to the Virginia Festival of the Book. Students loved all of Liz’s books – but Splashdance, which Liz both wrote and illustrated, was so beloved […]

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Visiting Author: Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes

Thanks to the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book, St. Anne’s-Belfield School welcomed more than 2,400 young students from around the Charlottesville area onto the Learning Village Campus on Wednesday for a special event: Out of Wonder: Poets Celebrating Poetry – A Conversation Between author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Ekua Holmes, moderated by Sarah FitzHenry. In my […]

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“Book holes” and Repeat Readers

Have you ever seen this viral Amazon commercial from 2015? If you’ve ever binge-watched a TV show (I’m looking at you, Gilmore Girls), then you know that yes, indeed, the struggle IS real. When you’re attached to a fictional world and invested in what happens to the people inside of it, it can be hard to […]

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Five Star Review

Social media might be a popular way to unplug and waste time, but if you know where to look, it’s filled with nerds and educators sharing ideas and swapping favorite titles. My favorite social media platform, Instagram, delivers a feed full of colorful book covers and succinct reviews right to my fingertips. What is library […]

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Family Connection: Gift Guides for Your Favorite Readers

I have a family friend who abides by the time-honored gift buying guide, something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. So every year, she comes to me and asks for books that her children will like. As they’ve grown up I’ve suggested everything from board books to adventure series, and it’s […]

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5th and 6th Grade Book Club: Booked, by Kwame Alexander

Finding a book exciting and interesting enough to captivate both 5th and 6th graders, boys and girls, with a wide variety of interests and reading levels, is no easy feat. The book needed to be short enough not to frustrate readers working on their skills, but challenging enough for even our best readers to push […]

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