The magic of storytelling has helped my sons and I connect with a kindred spirit half a world away. Now if that isn't grace, I don't know what is.
We underestimate the intelligence of our children if we don't expose them to stories like this.
What I have learned in my fleeting 11 years as a mom is that the act of letting my children map out their own paths, even when it means failure, does not come easily.
If you spend five minutes peeking into the world of children's books and librarians, you are bound to find yourself on Betsy Bird's blog. The youth materials specialist for New York Public Library is a powerhouse and defies any librarian stereotypes you might have.
As a teacher in a private school I am not currently required to follow the Common Core State Standards. That said, because I am a teacher, I am following closely the discussion about them, their implementation, issues, and so forth.
Harriet was born into slavery and raised in a world with no hope. Still, she dreamed her dreams and did what she had to do. She broke the law of the land by following the North Star to freedom. Where did a woman who was whipped as a child get that kind of courage?
While preparing for other tournaments at the provincial and national levels, Sophia says her dream is "to be a worldwide chess champion and win a medal for Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands." She also dreams of becoming a great artist someday.
How brainy are humans compared to other animal species? One measure of intelligence in mammals is the ratio of brain size to body size, called the encephalization quotient or EQ. By this measure the human is a seven and the cat is a one.
Laurie Halse Anderson is a familiar name in the world of children's and young adult literature . In her latest, The Impossible Knife of Memory, we meet 17 year-old Hayley Kincaid whose mother died when she was small.
These books will interest adults and open everyone's eyes to the kind of books kids should be reading to meet the CCSS; if only more teachers and administrators were aware of them.
These are just a few examples of what a little seed money can do when put in the hands of someone with a vision and a plan to change the world. If you were given $1000, how would YOU seed the change?
Last fall, author Marc Nobleman came up with the idea of "... a variation on a poetry slam at which kidlit/YA authors read aloud their most critical or absurd user reviews (from Amazon or Good Reads) for comic relief/catharsis."
DiCamillo burst on the children's book scene in 2000 with Because of Winn-Dixie, a lovely book about a community, a girl, and a dog that continues to resonate with its intended audience almost 15 years later.
She started crying. The contradiction was overwhelming, and my explanation just made things worse. I tried to cheer her up, adding, "Then there were dinosaurs! Apes turned into people!" Full. Mental. Meltdown.
For readers unfamiliar with these characters, I often describe Frog and Toad as amphibian versions of Bert and Ernie. Frog is like Ernie -- affable, good-natured, and a bit of a trickster. Toad is Bert: a little crankier, a tad more reluctant, occasionally grumpy.
You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.
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