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Need a Brush Up on the Constitution?

Current events this week may leave you and your middle grade students with more Constitutional questions than answers. Perhaps our entry on teaching with the 2018 Orbis Pictus Honor Book Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today can help!

Rethinking U.S. History through an Indigenous Lens

A necessary read for teachers and students alike in middle and high schools across the country, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is an important step in transforming curriculum and student understanding of the Indigenous knowledge, activism, and agency that have existed, often unrecognized, throughout American history.

Orbis Pictus Honor Book – Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect us Today By Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2017, ISBN 978-1-56145-945-2 Grades 6-Up Book Review On this President’s Day, it is important to note that “not one of our first eight presidents had any real power” (p. […]

Post-Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Musings

Imagine having hundreds of nonfiction books arrive on your doorstep. A teacher’s dream come true, right? When you’re a member of NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Committee, you are living the dream as you unpack box after box of titles, ranging in audience from preschool to young adult. The NCTE book award committees are somewhat unique in […]

Children as Refugees: The Syrian Crisis

“What they left to be here, in the cold country, where winter lasts forever,  haunts them in the dark– golden hue of souk in sunlight, gentle calling through streets that said, brother, sit with me a minute, on the small stool with the steaming glass of tea. Sit with me. We belong together.” by Naomi […]

2015 Newbery Medal Winner: The Crossover

The Crossover 2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner Written by Kwame Alexander Published in 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades 4-10 ISBN: 0544107713 Book Review “See, when I play ball, I’m on fire. When I shoot, I inspire. The hoop’s for sale, and I’m the buyer.” Twelve-year-old Josh Bell is […]

The Family Romanov

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia Written by Candace Fleming Published by Random House Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-385-86782-8 Grades 7 and Up    Book Review What do we really know and understand about the Romanov family? What really happened to them almost one hundred years ago when they fell from […]

The Port Chicago 50

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Written by Steve Sheinkin Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-59643-796-8 Grades 7 and Up Book Review “[I]t’s important to remember that before Brown v. Board of Education or Truman’s executive order, before Rosa Parks or Jackie Robinson— before any of this, […]

The Griffin and the Dinosaur

The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science Written by Marc Aronson, with Adrienne Mayor Published by National Geographic, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4263-1108-6 Grades 5-8 Book Review If your students root for Gryffindor, dream of attending Camp Half Blood, or find themselves reaching into the backs of their […]

Courage has No Color

Written by Tanya Lee Stone Candlewick, 2013   IBSN: 978-0-7636-5117-6 Grades 6 and Up Book Review The reader drops into Courage has No Color, just as thousands of soldiers dropped out of airplanes and into Europe and the Pacific region during World War II. The author carries us through the jump, from plane to ground, […]