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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Building Information Literacy Skills in the Era of Fake News

Back in the day when news outlets were limited to television, radio, and print journalism, it was possible to dismiss fake news as the stuff of celebrity tabloids in the grocery store checkout aisle or the broadcast of “War of the...

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Understanding How Children Learn to Read

Reading is such a critical life skill, yet it’s very hard for most of us to pinpoint exactly how or when we learned to do it. As young learners begin school, there is often a push to read, but it’s critically important to realize...

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STEM Books for Kids: Preschool–Middle School

Want to spark your child’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and math? Do you have a child who is fascinated by coding but you don’t know the first thing about it? Check out this list of STEM books from Lowell’s...

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A Middle School Book List for Black History Month and Every Month

In honor of Black History Month 2015, Lowell's Primary School librarians created a display of books organized by topic for Primary School children.  It was so popular, our Middle School librarian, Melissa Hill, created this list...

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