I’m Sad, by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi

“I’m sad. Will I always feel like this?” Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi must be mind readers, because the world needed this book. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but we don’t all have the tools to understand, communicate, and process those feelings in a healthy way. I’m Sad normalizes sad feelings – and reminds […]

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Coming Soon: Family Night

Mark your calendars – Family Night is NEXT TUESDAY! I am so excited to celebrate all of the unique and wonderful families in our school community. This book club with a twist requires no preparatory reading – all you need to do is grab your fam and join the party. The amazing Jesús Pino Agular, from Jesus […]

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Quest: How can we make our spaces more inclusive and welcoming for all?

What is an inclusive playground, and why does it matter? Our Quest has been working to understand and break down barriers that children in Charlottesville face that keep them from being able to read and play. Last month, we were lucky enough to meet Kara with Bennett’s Village, who taught us so much about Bennett, […]

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A Family is a Family is a Family

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is this Friday! It’s tons of fun to welcome so many meaningful guests to our campus. We’re all feeling excited about spending time with our families… and maybe a little anxious about what makes them different. So I’m thankful for books like A Family is a Family is a Family, […]

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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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Runaway Words

When a student says, “I brought a book from home that’s very special to me – can we share it with the class?” You drop everything and read! Runaway Words is the story of 6 year old Addi and her quest to understand her nonverbal older brother, Charlie. Charlie used to talk, but a few […]

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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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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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