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Mary Ann Cappiello

About Mary Ann Cappiello

Mary Ann is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former public school language arts and humanities teacher, she is a passionate advocate for and commentator on children’s books. Mary Ann is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets and Teaching to Complexity.

Exploring Women’s History and Gender Perspectives through Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Voices

Ideal for verse novel genre study, an exploration of the power of poetry, historical fiction genre study, an examination of the lives of women in medieval Europe, and more, Voices has much to offer mature tween and teen readers and their teachers.

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.

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.

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!

Post-Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Musings, Round Two

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Last week, Erika and I wrote a post about the Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck Book Award announcements at the NCTE Annual Convention. The Orbis Pictus Award was the first stand-alone award for children’s nonfiction, established by NCTE in 1989 and first awarded in 1990. You can learn more about the award on the NCTE […]

NCTE Conference and Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Book Awards

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction! Mary Ann and Erika have just returned from the annual conference, having served as chairs of the two committees. The past five days have been filled with great conversations, wonderful books, […]

Dad’s Camera

Dad's Camera

Dad’s Camera Written by Ross Watkins, Illustrated by Liz Anelli First US Edition, Candlewick Press, 2018 Originally Published as One Photo by Penguin Random House Australia, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0138-3   Grades 2-8 Book Review In this touching and quiet picture book, we learn about a father living with Alzheimer’s Disease through the eyes of his […]

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci

Merci Suárez Changes Gears By Meg Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2018 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9049-6 Grades 4-7 Book Review During the fall of her sixth grade year, Merci Suárez faces a range of challenges. Instead of trying out for the school soccer team now that she is eligible, she must spend the autumn watching her twin […]

I’m Your Neighbor Books: Immigration Children’s Literature

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If you are a frequent Classroom Bookshelf reader, you have likely noticed that over the past year we have posted a range of entries about books that reflect the immigrant and refugee experience. This week’s Monday post was devoted to two books: La Frontera and Dreamers. Last spring, we wrote entries on The Night Diary, Escape from […]

La Frontera and Dreamers

La Frontera

La Frontera: El Viaje con Papá/My Journey with Papa Written by Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva Illustrated by Claudia Navarro Published by Barefoot Books, 2018, ISBN 978-1-78285-388-6 Book Review “Cuando era niño, mi familia vivía en el pequeño pueblo de La Ceja, en el centro de Mexico, en el estado de Guanajuato. Mi familia había vivido allí […]