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Katie Cunningham

About Katie Cunningham

Katie is an Associate Professor of Literacy and English Education at Manhattanville College. Her work focuses on children’s literature, joyful literacy methods, and literacy leadership. Katie is the author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning and co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools. Her book Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness will be released September 2019. She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives.

New Kid by Jerry Craft is a Middle School Must-Read

In New Kid, Jerry Craft has taken the daily dramas of middle school life (cafeteria hierarchy, social anxieties, and tween hallway banter) to an arresting and devastatingly accurate new level. Offering hope for a more socially conscious, kinder tomorrow, New Kid should be required reading for every middle schooler (and middle school teacher) before the start of every school year.

Round Out Poetry Month with The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

Rooted in childhood wonderings like “How to Tell Goblins from Elves” and “How to Scare Monsters”, The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems takes the how-to genre to new imaginative heights with sensitivity and humor.

Celebrate Spring and the Start of Poetry Month with Bloom Boom!

Simple, yet soulful, Bloom Boom! is a book full of teaching possibilities for poetry reading and writing, plant investigations, student research, nature walks, and photo illustration.

A Subtle Call to Action for Planet Earth in Debut Picture Book Sea Bear, A Journey for Survival

Told from the point of view of a female polar bear journeying across the diminishing ice from winter to summer, Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival is both poetic and gripping. In her debut picture book, author/illustrator Lindsay Moore has crafted a lyrical text complemented and extended by breathtaking watercolor and pencil illustrations.

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

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

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

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.

Hey, Wall

Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community Written by Susan Verde; Illustrated by John Parra Published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster ISBN 97814811453134 Grades PreK – Grade 5 Book Review “Look at you now. You are beautiful! Now you tell the real story of us. And together we are somethin’ to see!” In […]

Ocean Meets Sky

Ocean Meets Sky Written and Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan Published in 20818 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-7037-7 Book Review “Finn lived by the sea, and the sea lived by him.” In their second picture book collaboration as authors and illustrators, brothers Terry and Eric Fan have crafted another […]

Square (Shape Trilogy)

Written by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published in 2018 by Candlewick Books ISBN 978-0763696078 Book Review What does it mean to be an artist? Does it mean you have innate talent? Commit yourself to hard work? Are recognized as an artist by someone else? Or, maybe even something else altogether? Masters of the […]

Tiny, Perfect Things

Written by M.H. Clark; Illustrated by Madeline Kloepper Published in 2018 by Compendium Books ISBN 9781946873064 Book Review Brimming with double page, intricate illustrations, Tiny, Perfect Things weaves simple prose with detailed images to invite young readers to pay attention to the beauty and mystery of the natural world around us. The opening page shows […]