April is national poetry month, a celebration of how this literary art reveals the precious truth with words. All of us have experienced hardships, joy, and challenges these past two years. We have seen glimpses into a kinder society that shows our desire to gain a better understanding of each other. I believe we are lucky to be educators during a time of turmoil in our government and communities. Books that provide windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors have helped us understand what others’ hopes and fears entail. And no other form of writing expresses emotions and creates imagery like poetry. Following are details about four of my favorite new poetry titles...
Leaving a Legacy through Literacy
During a time when public libraries are closed and access to the school media center is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my senior has taken on a contact-free volunteer project to update and restock Little Free Libraries for his Community Involvement class.
New Prequels, Sequels, and Spinoffs of the movies that were released in 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several new family films skipped the silver screen and debuted on subscription-based streaming services. Following are four movie adaptations of children’s literature that have newly published prequels, sequels, and spinoffs.
Courage, Confidence, and Comfort during times of Change
Change is complicated and it’s important to support students during these current turbulent times. Instilling courage, confidence, and comfort in children is so important, especially during this time of uncertainty and establishing a new normal.
Providing a Foundation of Togetherness with Books
Shared reading experiences create community and stories can provide a foundation of togetherness for students during this unique time. There are some excellent read-aloud books that can help kick-off the new school year with a positive start. Following are three new titles and the publishers’ summaries of stories with themes of kindness, courage, and honor.
Stories That Go Beyond The Single Story Stereotypes And Celebrate Chinese American Culture
As we are all finding a #newnormal, some are facing greater uncertainty as public officials call #COVIDー19 "the Chinese virus." Stories can help break stereotypes.