"Building Bridges" with Books: Immigration Stories to Share with Children

My mind has been on the power of immigration stories lately, in part because of current political debates, but especially because of the moving exhibit, Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees, in Lowell’s Berkeley...

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Honoring Excellence in Teaching via the Rainbow Flag

During Primary School Back To School Night this year, I had the opportunity to reflect on excellence in teaching. Great teachers invest a great deal of thought and preparation in their work with students and families. I used the...

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The R-Word and Teaching Kids about the Power of Language

Through the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign in the month of March, people across the globe work to raise awareness about how the r–word—retard—marginalizes an entire group of people. The campaign encourages people to “take...

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A Book List for Black History Month and Every Month

Updated: 2/18/2016

Last year, in honor of Black History Month, Lowell Primary School librarians created a book display for children K-5 showcasing titles, both fiction and non-fiction, that reflect the African-American experience....

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At the Intersection of Children's Books and Race

Living in the world of children’s and teen books, as I do, I get to explore a lot of different terrain. This fall I attended a young adult literature symposium in Austin, Texas, where I had a chance to attend sessions about serving...

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