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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Celebrating Strong Women: Resources for Women’s History Month

  For the first time this year, I put the work into bringing Black History Month to life in my library. It was such a wonderful month of questions, discussions, explorations, and growth! It changed the way that I look at displays and celebrations in my space, and the deep thinking they can inspire. As […]

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Black History is American History: A Month of Daily Facts

I’ve been so amazed at the incredible displays and pieces of art that educators have shared from their schools and libraries to celebrate Black History Month! I mean, come on – this is stunning! Unfortunately for my readers, I’m not much of an artist, which puts many of these beautiful pieces outside of my grasp. […]

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Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Second graders were so fascinated by Barack Obama’s picture book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters. We started our lesson by learning a little bit more about Barack Obama’s life and career from two of our Black History Month displays, the Who Said That? game and the daily facts on the circulation desk […]

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