We Are Here Lit! invites guest interviewer Middle School Scholar-Athlete James to interview Track Olympian and Businessman Kenny Selmon
Join us as We Are Here Lit! invites guest interviewer Middle School Scholar-Athlete James to interview Olympian & Businessman Kenny Selmon about discovering track, being in the Olympics, balancing school and athletics, defining your identity beyond sports, and more.
Narrative stories have been an engaging more personally responsive means for learners to remember histories and culture.
After reading selections in 'Narrative in Instructional Design' and finishing Wade Hudson's middle-grade memoir DEFIANT, it made sense to pair the two books for educators as teaching and writing tools for curriculum or professional development.
Bring the narrative to the present day by pairing it with Wade and Cheryl Hudson's 'Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life'.
Join We Are Here Lit! as we talk to the Hudsons this Saturday LIVE on the We Are Here Lit Facebook page this Satuday at 12 pm EST.
We will discuss the book, the contribution of the Hudon's to Black publishing and literature, supporting Black lit and bookstores this holiday season, and much more!
Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, who are people who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
We Are Here Lit! highlights books with Black men who have served in the military in United States history.
Also listed are several ways kids can thank a Veteran:
1. Say ‘Thanks for your service.”
2. Pray for veterans
3. Make a care package for the troops.
4. Deliver a homemade gift to a veteran.
5. Attend a parade.
6. Spend time with a Veteran.
A clever and endearing story of Noah, who is anxiously waiting to go sailing and seal watching with Nana. While waiting for his Nana, he does what most children at the beach do dig in the sand. He sculpts, imagines, and builds a speckled seal.
As a storm rolls in Noah takes cover, as his new sand friend braves the storm. What happens to the seal in the storm? Author Layn Marlow provides an imaginative mystery and a wonderful opportunity for young readers to create their point of view about Noah's seal.
One of the highlights of this book is seeing a young child of color play, imagine, and sail. This multigenerational story's colorful and beautiful illustrations provide a perfect day-in-the-life experience.
Especially suited to Pre-1 read-aloud, and independent elementary readers.
Pair this book with informational texts about seals to learn more about spotted, Harbor and the many other types of seals, their habitats, and other interesting facts.
The last in the art series features achitecture.
Of the 116,242 licensed architects in the United States, just two percent are Black. Only 2,325 Black architects are building the cities and suburbs, shaping the skylines and creating the museums, housing, schools, government buildings, places of worship and any other variety of structures we live in or with every day.
Today we feature Phil Freelon for leading the design team of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture.
We also featured MindWare Toys Keva Planks and Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 : starter stunt set to inspire our future achitechs.
We hope you thought the art series was useful to you. If you have any requests for book sets and/or manipulatives on a topic, message and let us know what you'd like to see.
While watching Colin's Black & White on Netflix, one theme was following your passion, despite how others define you.
Ernie Barnes (football) and Romare Bearden (baseball) were athletes, as well as artists. They both followed their passion.
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Mae Jemison
'Trust your power'- Colin Kaepernick
So many racial stereotypes have historically defined Blackness, especially for Black boys. How do we reimagine curiosity, passion, exploration for Black children to define and reimagine their identity and agency?
You can be more than one thing and more than how others see and define you.
The 15-year-old artist and author's new book, 'We Can, Portraits of Power', shows his brilliant portraits of people who have inspired, influenced, and encouraged him to be brave.
He discusses how he became a painter and with each profile explains the characteristics each person profiled possess that provided him with inspiration.
Following in the footsteps of @gordoncjamesfineart , @jerrypinkneystudio @floyd.cooper.4 , and @brycollier, we hope to see Tyler Goron write and illustrate many more books sharing his artwork and stories with young readers.
I would like to credit Dr. Cooke and her 12 year-old son Roman for suggesting this title.
Javaka Steptoe, author and illustrator of Radiant Child, a biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat used collage elements to capture Jean-Michel’s multi-faceted visual style. He used paint, paper scraps, paint tubes, and photos on wood panels.
Check out the book to see if you can pick out the different materials used in Javaka’s collage work.
Join us as we talk to Jonathan Beatty, author of the recent Newsweek opinion piece The Challenge of Defeating Illiteracy in America and Founder of I Love Books. We’ll discuss how we can end illiteracy through cross-sector collaboration, collective problem solving, and strategic resource allocation.
Jonathan Beatty, better known as the “Chief Bookman,” is the founder of I LOVE BOOKS (ILB), an apparel startup on a mission to end illiteracy, #bookbybook. The company sells bookish merch, and donates half of its profits to provide new books to children who need them most. Since April, ILB has donated nearly 1,000 new books to kids in Kentucky through partnerships with local schools and nonprofits.
Before launching ILB, Jonathan spent over a decade working in corporate finance for some of the largest companies in the world, including Procter & Gamble, McKesson, and Amazon. He left his career to ensure all young people have access to books and the opportunity to become lifelong learners.
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