Middle School Book-Trailer-a-Thons (and 5th Graders’ Favorite Historical Fiction Book Trailers)

As 5th graders start each new Humanities unit this year, teachers Mrs. Thomson, Mr. Reed and I are trying something new to kickstart the excitement – Book-Trailer-a-Thons! On these special library days, students gather in the “FitzHenry Theater” and watch anywhere between 4-8 book trailers right in a row, however many can fit into approximately 20 […]

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20 Great Books featuring Neurodiversity

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein. School should be a place for all types of learners and thinkers to shine. This year, Learning Village Librarian Sarah FitzHenry learned about the idea […]

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Best of 2019: Blog Posts

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday. I’m excited to share our top posts of 2019 – they’re always so different than I expect. Some of these were favorites last year, too, and some are brand new. I know that I loved writing them – I hope that enjoyed reading them […]

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Pride All Year: Kid-Approved LGBTQ+ Titles for Middle Grade & Young Adult Readers

Happy Pride Month, my friends! It’s June, which means that Pride celebrations are in full swing – there are rainbows, commercial collaborations, and booklists everywhere you turn. In February, I shared a list of picture books popular in our library that celebrate gay families, and I was so moved by your responses. Thank you – […]

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Waiting for the Biblioburro, by Monica Brown

Our kindergarten Kindness Ninjas have spread so much joy by helping others, I knew they’d love Waiting for the Biblioburro, by Monica Brown. This book is all about Luis Soriano and his traveling library, which delivers library books to children in remote villages in Columbia via donkeys! Luis and his helpers, Alfa and Beto, work […]

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Big Questions in the Library

  How big were the dinosaurs? Do all families look like mine? What does an American look like? Do you have BIG QUESTIONS? Me too! The library is the perfect place to wonder. Your biggest, toughest questions are always welcome here. This book display tackles some of the big questions I’ve heard from little minds recently. […]

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The Tiny Activist: Sunday Shoutout

I’m so excited to be this week’s Sunday Spotlight for The Tiny Activist, a website and social media project run by two teachers that are dedicated to creating welcoming, engaging, and transformative educational experiences for every child. Each week, the team behind The Tiny Activist features another educator or activist working to help children become […]

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Women in STEM display for Women’s History Month

Our library’s little 🤚🏽🤚🏿🤚🏻🤚🏾🤚🏼 can’t get enough of these gorgeous Women in STEM posters from Women You Should Know. I find readers touching the faces and tracing the words countless times a day (especially Mae Jemison, who, along with Leland Melvin, has reached beyond rockstar status in our world). Did you know that Rosalind Franklin was integral […]

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For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” 🌍 For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story has my readers feeling two of my favorite things: curious and grateful. Grateful for our beautiful school, the freedom to learn and read, and a safe place to live and play. And so curious […]

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Happy birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg! It just so happens that we’ve been reading about Ruth’s incredible life and impact this week as part of our ongoing conversations about Women’s History Month. Can your first graders spot RBG’s dissent collar in a crowd? Thanks to I Dissent, mine can! This brilliant picture book walks us through […]

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