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Exploring Power, Agency, and the Black Freedom Movement with Never Caught

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Never Caught, the Young Reader’s Edition of Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s 2017 National Book Award Finalist, explores the intricate and intimate ways in which the personal lives of George and Martha Washington and the enslaved men and women they owned were tangled together. As Martha Washington’s personal maid, Ona Judge, a skillful seamstress, had access to fine clothes, trips to the theater, and the chance to travel beyond Mt. Vernon. But for Judge, that was not enough. Only freedom was enough. Ideal for biography genre study as well as explorations of the Black Freedom Movement and the American Revolution, Never Caught can play many roles in middle grade language arts and social studies classrooms.

2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book: The Parker Inheritance

Parker Inheritance

Winner of a 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Parker Inheritance is a part historical fiction novel, part puzzle mystery full of masterful plot twists and clever riddles. Set in three distinct and alternating time periods, Author Varian Johnson weaves a mystery across time, place, and generations that captivates with every chapter.

Laughter as an Inference Tool: Teaching Ideas for Theordor Seuss Geisel Honor Winner Fox+Chick and Other STories

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Following in the literary footsteps of the famed friendships of Frog and Toad and Elephant and Piggie, a new pair of unlikely animal friends has entered the early reader scene. Author/illustrator Sergio Ruzzier has crafted two endearing characters in Fox and Chick that young readers will enjoy following through their humorous antics across three clever vignettes in this first book in this soon-to-be a series

2018-2019 Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards

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Celebrating the 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards, along with other notable children’s and young adult book awards, we’ve curated links to the recipients we’ve blogged about over the past 2 years.

The Stories That Shape Us: Teaching Ideas for Alma and How She Got Her Name

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Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela thinks her name is too long – when she tries to write it, she needs to add an extension piece of paper in order to fit it on a single page. With the support of her father’s family stories, she comes to see how her name is actually the perfect fit for her, celebrating her both her connectedness and her uniqueness.

The Power of Apology: Teaching with Orbis Pictus Honor Book Thirty Minutes Over Oregon

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon

This book is a welcome invitation to all of us to model civility and forgiveness in our communities, without waiting for our elected officials.

Every Month is a New Year

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The first of January may have already passed, but that doesn’t mean the start of the New Year is over. With the help of this jubilant picturebook by award-winning children’s poet and author Marilyn Singer, the New Year celebrations can extend for months to come.

Curated Best Children’s Book Lists of 2018!

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Looking for books for the children, teachers, or librarians in your life? Use these year-end “best of” lists to guide your selections!

Learning to Listen with Heart: Teaching with New York Times 2018 Notable Picture Book “The Rabbit Listened”

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When Taylor’s block tower is suddenly destroyed by several swooping crows, his animal friends all think they know how to help. Written in response to witnessing several of her friends experience difficult times, author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld has crafted a deeply poignant, unforgettable tale rooted in a childhood scenario that both children and adults can draw meaning from.

Rodent Rascals: From Tiny to Tremendous – 21 Creatures at Their Actual Size

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A superhero rat who can scale buildings and chew through cement; a capybara as a seeing-eye guide animal; rats trained to detect landmines and Tuberculosis – these fascinating rodents and 18 more are the subject of author/illustrator Roxie Munro’s latest picture book.