When children hear about injustices, like this past weekend in Buffalo, its important to HEAR them when they ask WHY.
A book to help engage with discussion is (@tayediggsinsta) Taye Diggs book WHY. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans, this book STARTS the dicussion around the pain, protest, praying, and anger of the injustices facing Black people.
This book does not answer questions, but provides the space to have critical conversations about race and racism, Black resistance and protest, and social justice.
Pair this book with age appropriate news stories, about the Civil Rights Movement, The Black Lives Matter Movement or in explaining yet another hate crime that they may hear aboout.
Answering WHY helps young people figure out the world, build concepts, and understnad the unknown, even with difficult topics like raci
Engaging in Culturally Relevant Math Tasks by Matthews, Jones, and Parker, is an excellent learning community resource.
This book helps teachers rethink and refine mathematical thinking to provide challenging, engaged student learning experiences.
Example, how does 'real world' relate to your students perspective?
Focusing on mathematical conceptual knowledge, relevance, and agency, this book provides tools, anecdotes, and practices for culturally sustaining elementary math instruction.
While middle and high school students are enjoying summer break, include a few graphic novels, to add some variety to your summer reading. I’ve included Black male biographies in this post, but you can find plenty of different genres and subjects to choose from.
Tre has a new book in his series Cheesestakes & Clippers.
His books focus on community and financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Tre also hosts an AMAZING Vlog focusing on literacy and does tremendous work to create access for young people to engage in reading.
Check him out at @mrlitedu and support his efforts to create opportunities through literacy.
Amid the NBA Playoff season, I recently read 'The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale" by Charly Palmer. This book tells the legendary story of a local basketball hero named Gravity.
This book dives into the moments on the courts where players earn their nicknames. Palmer gives readers a relevant, engaging way to understand similes and metaphors. There is also an opportunity for readers to understand what 'Tall Tales' are related to stories told on the court.
IN HIS DEBUT PICTURE BOOK, and AMAZING artist in his own right (check out his web page), Palmer also won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award winner for "Mama Africa!
Add this book to your collections as a mentor text for similes, metaphors, tall tales, and basketball fans.
The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America by Desmond Williams.
Join us as we speak to Educator & Author Desmond Williams and discuss literacy, being an administrator, and deconstructing the educational system, and what it takes to get young Black males to succeed.
Spring is here! These two books help 'germinate' ideas for gardening projects.
Gabe and the Green Thumb by David Miller
Gabe discovers the power of growing food as his magical green thumb is recognized at his State Fair.
Let It Grow by Mary Ann Fraser, Illustrated by Riley Samels
This book tells the story of a young boy who learns to grow a special pumpkin seed. What happens to the pumpkin? There is a surprise ending tied to a real-life adventure.
Use these books as a read-aloud to discuss the life cycle of plants and also as a writing prompt about growing magical plants. These books are great for STEM and gardening projects.
Quote by James Baldwin, taken from the book, James Baldwin's Little Book of Selected Quotes.
Research shows expectations influence outcomes.
What are your expectations for you and your students or young library patrons? Are they high or low, in between?
The book, 'Expect the Most, Provide the Best: How High Expectations, Outstanding Instruction, & Curricular Innovations Help All Students Succeed By Robert L. Green, PhD., provides a guide focusing on expectations and how they can affect learning outcomes, especially for Black and Brown students.
Primarily for teachers, this book also works well for those in library or community organizations working with our K-12 young people. The book lists resources, voices from the field, reframing mindsets, and accountability.
Library managers, parents, principals, teachers, and community workers, use this book to reflect on and create discussions around what high expectations look like from your perspective and how to change a 'poverty of spirit' mindset to one of persistence and limitless potential.
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