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Towers Falling

Towers Falling

Towers Falling Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Published by Little, Brown and Company 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-26222-4 Grades 4-8 Book Review “Six weeks at a new school has changed everything. School didn’t teach me everything about 9/11. Still, I understand a lot more. I understand some of the enormous hurt to families, my family, and country” […]

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 […]

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, […]

Courage has No Color

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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, […]

2012 Coretta Scott King Award for Writing, Honor Book for Illustration: Heart and Soul

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Balzar and Bray, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-06-173074-0 Review This extraordinary work of art tells the story of America through the lens of African American history. It is at once familiar and yet unfamiliar to all too many. Even author-illustrator Kadir […]

All the Way to America

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All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel  Written and Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Alfred Knopf Publishers ISBN 978-0-375-86642-5 Grades K-4 Book Review There are plenty of picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, which address the period of European immigration in the late 19th and early 20th […]

Ten Years Ago: Remembering September 11, 2001

This week, The Classroom Bookshelf is offering a different format to provide you with resources to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001 in a way that is appropriate for your students, school, and community. It is early in the school year, and, just like teachers that very day ten years […]

2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award: One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia Winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Award Published by Amistad, an Imprint of Harper Collins ISBN 978-0-06-076088-5 Grades 5 and Up Book Review In 1968, the nation was in tumult; Martin Luther King was shot in April, Bobby Kennedy in early June. Right in the middle of this year […]