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Spring 2020 Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards

In this entry, we provide links to the books that we blogged about over the last year that have won recent awards and honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. We invite you to explore our previously written blog entries for these winners and honor books.

Preparing for the 2020 Election Cycle

When headlines scream out our political dysfunction, and a global pandemic keeps us uncertain at home, we can all feel powerless. But with a book like this, that offers both information and action, young people, their teachers, and their families can feel empowered.

Teaching Children about the Coronavirus

Written with a gentle, conversational, but nonetheless straightforward approach, this book engages young readers in a dialogue about the pandemic that has interrupted life as many of them know it.

Feeling It All through Reading, Writing, and Creating

Learn ways you and your students can honor feelings of uncertainty and loss while also providing a source of hope. Invitations include read alouds, writing ideas, and opportunities for students to create as a source of joy.

Exploring Native American Activism and Environmental Justice

In this historic moment, as people around the world shelter at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, there has never been a more potent time to be reminded of our need to be good stewards of the earth we share.

Pursuing Meaningful, Authentic, Student-Centered Writing During Precarious Times

As educators and schools transition to emergency remote teaching, we all know that so much of what makes for effective teaching can’t be fully replicated online with the limitations of social distance and city lockdowns. While we may have district mandates and community expectations to provide standards- and skills-based instruction, we also hope this is a chance for all of us–teachers, administrators, and teacher educators–to re-think what meaningful, engaging learning really involves.

Reading Together….. Books as a Site for Connection and Comfort

Our experiences with remote learning, so far, have highlighted for us how key social interactions are in the learning process. What our children miss the most are the sustained interactions with their classmates and their teachers. As we ‘carry on’ under these extreme circumstances, sharing books together can be a way of connecting and of comforting one another.

Celebrating National Poetry Month From Home

Celebrate National Poetry Month with students from home with a variety of teaching and learning ideas that focus on reading, writing, and sharing poems as a source of comfort and joy.

Using Online Museum Resources for Literacy Learning

Whether you are a K-12 teacher trying to support students online or a parent, grandparent, or family or community member trying to support learning for a range of students and ages during this period of disruption, we hope you can find these resources interesting and engaging, and these simple protocols helpful.

Coronavirus Support: Teaching Resources for K-8 Online Learning

What a challenging and confusing time this is. All of us are juggling the demands of taking care of our families, our students, and ourselves. We’re worried about what’s happening hour-to-hour while trying to remain positive and optimistic when we’re with the young people within our care. Rather than create a traditional entry for this week, we decided to curate some of the amazing resources that schools, libraries, companies, and organizations have been making available during this time of crisis.