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Katie Cunningham

About Katie Cunningham

Katie is an associate professor of literacy at Manhattanville College. Her work focuses on children’s literature, 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. She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives.

The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

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Written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee Illustrated by Susanna Chapman To be published in 2017 by Compendium Grades K-5 Book Review   “Girls can’t run marathons, don’t you know that?…Good girls don’t run. You’ll hurt yourself!” What does it take to follow your heart, rather than bend towards the fears of others? From the […]

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow Written and Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Published in 2017 by Feiwel and Friends ISBN 978-1-250-07636-6 Grades preK-3   Book Review Get ready to challenge all of your assumptions about stories of girls in red-hooded jackets and wolves. Counter to traditional fairy tales that caution (and condition) us to be fearful of […]

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh Published in 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-1-101-93459-3 Grades 4-6     Book Review  Don’t we all have “milk-snorting-out-of-your-nose…listen-to-how-cool-and-awesome-we-are…come-close-so-we-can-whisper-in-your-ear” stories? In this groundbreaking anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books and edited by its co-founder Ellen Oh, are ten stories by […]

World Read Aloud Day

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Read aloud. Change the World. This is the motto for LitWorld’s global literacy event–World Read Aloud Day held today on February 16th, 2017.World Read Aloud Day was created in 2010 by LitWorld, a renowned literacy 501(c)3 organization, to share the message that the read aloud is a simple, powerful act of social engagement that can change […]

A Poem for Peter

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A Poem for Peter Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney Pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson Published in 2016 by Viking Press Grades K-5 ISBN: 978-0-425-28768-2   Book Review “Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white./ Bright as the day you came onto the page./ From the hand of a man who saw you for […]

Love in Action: Children’s Literature to Promote Hope and Counter Fear

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  Congressman John Lewis uses the phrase “love in action” when speaking about the nonviolent revolution of the 1960s. When faced with systemic oppression, Congressman Lewis and fellow civil rights marchers led with love. Today, we are faced once again as a nation with divisive, harmful rhetoric and actions that threaten the values of civil […]

Before Morning

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Before Morning Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-5 ISBN: 978-0-547—97917-5 Book Review What do you wish for? In this striking picture book by the dynamic team of Newberry Honor winner Joyce Sidman and Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes, readers are invited to wonder about a […]

Best of 2016 and Happy Holidays

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It has been another extraordinary year in children’s and young adult literature. On January 2nd, we’ll be back with a regular posting. In the meantime, we wanted to share a collection of “Best of 2016″ lists so that you have them all in one place. Part of our book selection process involves reading reviews by […]

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White

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Written by Melissa Sweet Afterword by Martha White Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-0-544-31959-2 Book Review “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White to the world and Andy […]

The Seventh Wish

The Seventh Wish Written by Kate Messner Published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-1-61963-376-6 Book Review  “I must have imagined the voice. I have magic flowers and crystal dresses and wishes swirling around my brain, and that all added up to a fish talking.” Life for twelve-year-old Charlie Brennan suddenly changes when she […]