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Complicating and Celebrating Identity: Where Are You From?

The titular question of this picturebook is one that anyone who appears or sounds different in a given social community has probably heard. Though simple in its phrasing, the implications for asking and answering “Where are you from?” are anything but simple.

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 […]

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery Written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Illustrated by Bryan Collier Published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-4387-6 Grades K-5 Book Review “Ernest looked around his neighborhood. It no longer appeared ordinary. In the movement […]

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

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 […]

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt de la Pena Illustrated by Christina Robinson Published by G.P. Putnam’s and Sons, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399-25774-2 Grades PreK-8 Book Review “He wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look.” So ponders C.J., the protagonist of Last Stop on Market Street, as […]

Separate is Never Equal

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation   Sibert Honor Book; Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book; Orbis Pictus Honor Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4197-1054-4 Grades 3 and Up Book Review “Go back to the Mexican school! You don’t belong […]

Teaching for Change and Social Justice

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As we think about our goals for our students, we embrace the fact that we are not just teachers of academic content. We also want to support our students to be productive, responsible, and thoughtful citizens. Here at The Classroom Bookshelf, one of our goals is to feature selections […]