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#AllOurChildren

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | 0 comments

#AllOurChildren

In a December 2016 column entitled, “Notes from the Resistance,” journalist and author Summer Brennan observes that it’s impossible to respond to all the current threats to what we hold dear: “What we must do, instead, is to find our particular hills to defend, and then to defend them as if our freedom depended on it… “Get a diary or journal and write down as many words as you can that relate to the things that you value. Fascism favors sameness; it represents a desertification of language and thinking. You can fight sameness with diversity. Inside this...

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I’M NEW HERE: Resources for Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Bk: I'm New Here, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | 2 comments

I’M NEW HERE: Resources for Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

In the midst of the shocking events of the last week, including the Executive Order banning immigrants from certain Muslim countries, one hopeful sign has been the response of teachers, librarians and parents who have sought out books about the immigrant and refugee experience to share with children. I’ve received multiple messages from educators who have read and discussed I’m New Here in classrooms. Here are some resources that can be used to expand student engagement:     AUDIO/VIDEO I’m New Here audiobook “I’m New Here: Welcoming Immigrant...

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Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in For Educators, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

On April 30, I presented my workshop, “Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race,” for the Massachusetts School Library Association conference in Amherst. Here is the title and resource list I’ve developed for the workshop. Many of the titles are older ones that I’ve used for years; they are intended as prototypes so that librarians, teachers and parents can apply these categories to other, more recent titles as well.       BOOKS AS BRIDGES Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race: A Bibliography developed by Krista Aronson and...

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Why #BigFiveSignOn? #WNDB

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators | 2 comments

Why #BigFiveSignOn? #WNDB

Anne Sibley O’Brien Illustration Dear Publishers, Please sign up for the Diversity Baseline survey designed by Lee & Low. As they state, Our goal with the Diversity Baseline Survey is to establish a baseline that shows where we are now so we can start taking concrete steps to address the problem. The purpose is not to point fingers or to shame anyone. The purpose is to find out exactly who we are and where we are, as an industry, at this moment in time. You’ve seen the numbers: while more than 50% of our entering kindergarteners are children of color, only around 10% of our...

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Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Events & Presentations , For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Once again I participated in a National Association of Korean Schools teachers conference – the second in a week – this one the New England chapter, in North Andover, MA. (It’s a complete coincidence that I did them back-to-back; this invitation came through another Korean acquaintance.) Annual gatherings like the two I attended offer teachers (mostly volunteers) from across a region the chance to connect and to gain new knowledge, skills and inspiration to improve the effectiveness of their instruction.   Korean schools usually meet on Saturdays or on Sunday...

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Finding the Audience for a New Book

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 3 comments

Finding the Audience for a New Book

I’ve just begun the Udemy Course for Freelancers taught by author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. Subscribing to his blog, I’ve found that at least a quarter of his daily posts are so useful, challenging or thought-provoking that I wanted to share them and/or save them for further reflection.  In his course, a series of 87 short videos with writing exercises, Godin guides students through a process designed “to create a non-generic, unique and remarkable individual who has the leverage and the freedom to make a ruckus.” There’s also a comment board where students...

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