Whether it be the arts, activism, politics, or the food industry, women have been making American history long before March was named Women’s History Month. Women have set records and won awards in nearly every industry. Therefore, March is the perfect time to look back and recognize the individual contributions women have made to our country’s historical accomplishments.
New Books to Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month
November is National Native American Heritage Month and in honor of this nation’s first peoples and their rich history, I curated a short title list featuring books by Indigenous authors.
Father-Daughter Bonds Demonstrated in New Books
Fathers teach their daughters about love, trust, and security. My dad taught me I can always depend on him. I am fortunate that my dad is a grandfather my sons can look to as an example to follow: a feminist man who loves his daughters, son, and grandchildren to the moon and back. I don’t need my dad to hold my hand anymore, because I know he will always have my back. In this #blogarticle I highlight five #newbooks that celebrate the unique bond between fathers and daughters.
New Books that Honor Mothers’ Love, Creativity, and Hard Work
Being a mother is hard work! Yet, it is the most rewarding role I’ll ever have. As I am helping librarians and principals build new school libraries, I have found many new beautiful books that celebrate all kinds of mothers. Following are three new titles that I think are especially important to have in school libraries.
Debuts that Celebrate Diverse Friendships
February is a great time to celebrate friendships because friends are important people in our lives. As educators build their library collections, it’s always important to provide titles that reflect the readers. Classrooms are becoming more and more diverse and it is very likely that youth have friends in different racial and ethnic groups. In this blog article, I highlight new #OwnVoices #ChildrensBooks & #YAlit that celebrate diverse friendships by #DebutAuthors.
Celebrate Black History by Honoring Today’s Diversity
2020 was a year of challenges and change. The events that our country endured have created a new generation of activists, and they are demanding an end to racism. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month are meaningful holidays for educators to take time to celebrate Black history and honor today’s diversity.
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.
Ideas on how Maker Education can help teach identifying Fake News
Identifying untruthful information and avoiding sharing fake news is an essential 21-century skill. By tapping into students’ creativity and imagination, maker education can be a helpful tool in teaching how to recognize fake news.