Resources For Teaching About Wangari Maathai and Seeds Of Change

Jill Eisenberg, our Literacy Specialist, celebrates Wangari Maathai’s birthday and shares online resources, activities, and lesson plans for educators teaching the book Seeds Of Change.

Where Do Boys Belong In Women’s History Month?

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares her experiences and strategies on teaching about women’s contributions during Women’s History Month and all year round. “If we want to instill resiliency and develop children’s imaginations, we need to present children with stories about long odds, big dreams, and fantastic leadership that come in all shapes, sizes, and bodies.”

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

Our resident literacy expert, Jill, recommends books to use in the classroom to celebrate MLK Day, National Hobby Month, and Chinese New Year.

What does Passover celebrate?

An explanation of what Passover celebrates, and some recommended resources for teaching young people about slavery and freedom.

What is Chinese New Year?

This Sunday is Chinese New Year and that means firecrackers, food, and family! You can greet someone by saying Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) or Gung hay fat choy (Cantonese), which means “wishing you prosperity in the coming year.” Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar (the moon’s orbit around the Earth), therefore […]

Cultural Travels in Cambodia and Vietnam

This past summer I took a trip to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Trips that take in a different culture firsthand are a great way to broaden one’s perspective as a citizen of the world. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I hope these photos give you a glimpse of what my trip was like.

What do Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Celebrate?

Over the summer, our former intern Mitul shared her take on what Ramadan celebrates. Continuing in that tradition, since I’m Jewish I thought I’d share a bit about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. If you’re not Jewish, you may have seen these holidays on the calendar – or, if you’re lucky, even gotten off from […]

What does Ramadan celebrate?

Today marks the first day of Ramadan, a month-long celebration for Muslims around the world. Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is a time for prayer, fasting, and self-reflection. According to Islamic tradition, Ramadan is when Allah, God, revealed the first verses of the Qu’ran, the holy book, to the […]

A Deep-Fried Holiday

I, among many, am celebrating Chanukkah this week. It’s a good holiday: candles, chocolate coins, and deep fried foods, especially latkes. Most people know latkes as potato pancakes, slathered in apple sauce or sour cream, and they are both plentiful and delicious. But they’re not the only kind of latkes! Jews from around the Mediteranean […]


Turkey Day. Autumn Pie Day. American Gluttony Day. Thanksgiving. It’s coming. Are you ready? Have you picked out a book to get your kids in a spirit of thanks and appreciation for the natural world? Have you picked out a book to teach your kids the American origins of popular Thanksgiving foods like cranberries, potatoes, […]


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