Books About Living More Closely to Nature

Lowell School’s science teacher and outdoor educator, Lucas Kelly, has spent a lifetime exploring the out-of-doors and delving into what it means to live more closely to nature. He has compiled this list of books that will deepen...

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Thinking Out Loud While Reading Together

If you’ve felt as though your child is being asked to learn more and think more deeply than you were asked to at your age, you’re not imagining things. The current standards are pushing students to be active learners who think...

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Black Boys in Literature Book List

Inspired by The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, we created a study group at our school called “Black Boys and Literature.” The teachers in our group worked with children ranging from two-year-olds to middle school...

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Books Featuring Gender-Nonconforming and Transgender Children

“There are lots of ways to be a boy. There are lots of ways to be a girl. There are lots of ways to be a kid.  Be who you are.” —Brooke Pessin-Whedbee in Who Are You?

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Picture Book Biographies of Inspirational Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve created a list of compelling picture book biographies that celebrate women’s accomplishments. Don’t be misled by the illustrations and format—these books provide entertainment and...

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Establishing Routines that Work for Young Readers

"How do I get my child to read?" “My child rarely picks up a book." "If it’s not technology based, my child is not interested!" "My child used to read all the time but not anymore." If you’ve ever said any of these things, you’re...

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Keeping a Love of Reading Alive

“If we teach a child to read but fail to develop a desire to read, we will have created a skilled nonreader, a literate illiterate.” —Kylene Beers

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Democracy, Caring, and Kindness: An Election Book List

I believe it is incredibly important to educate our students about democratic elections and voting, especially during such a turbulent time in our political history. That’s why I decided to create a display of print books in our...

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Books for Young Children about Identity, Social Justice, and Activism

Teachers of young children at Lowell know how vital it is to help children as they develop their identities, experience people’s many differences, and learn to form caring friendships and communities. One of the many ways they dive...

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"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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