Books for Holidays: MLK Day, Chinese New Year, and More

Jill_EisenbergJill Eisenberg, our Resident Literacy Expert, began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language to second through sixth graders in Yilan, Taiwan as a Fulbright Fellow. She went on to become a literacy teacher for third grade in San Jose, CA as a Teach for America corps member. She is certified in Project Glad instruction to promote English language acquisition and academic achievement. In her column she offers teaching and literacy tips for educators. 

We’re in the process of updating our lists of recommended books for special holidays! Our diverse books cover a wide range of holidays, celebrations, and important moments in history. Whether you are looking to rejuvenate your holiday read alouds in the classroom or purchase a gift to remember a special moment, you’ll find the perfect title on our list. Here’s what we’re celebrating – and reading – in January:

JANUARY 20
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
The Bus Ride


Dear Mrs. Parks  
Etched In Clay
In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall John Lewis in the Lead
Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip 
John Lewis in the Lead
Night Golf
The Palm of My Heart
Paul Robeson
The Piano
Richard Wright and the Library Card 
The Secret to Freedom
Seven Miles to Freedom
Up the Learning Tree

National Hobby Month (January)
Allie’s Basketball Dream
Bird
Butterflies for Kiri
Capoeira
The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story
Ole! Flamenco Sam and the Lucky Money
Strong to the Hoop 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
Chinese New Year
Sam and the Lucky Money 
The Monster in the Mudball

Finally, bridge current events with classroom reading! The 2014 Winter Olympics (February 7-23) are almost here. Here is our recommended book list on sports history, athletes, and the Olympics.

Stay tuned for upcoming book lists for Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and more!

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