Three Ways to Teach Etched In Clay by Andrea Cheng

Literacy specialist, Jill Eisenberg, provides three ways to use Etched In Clay in the classroom. Etched in Clay is a powerful book for a unit on poetry, author’s artistic and literary choices, American slavery, and more.

Poetry Friday: “A Poem!” from Etched In Clay

Author Andrea Cheng shares one of her favorite poems from ETCHED IN CLAY for National Poetry Month and Poetry Friday.

Andrea Cheng on Writing Biography in Verse

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Andrea Cheng shares why she chose to tell the story of Dave the Potter in verse.

Five Favorite Books for Snow Days

With 5-8 inches of snow headed our way, we put together a list of our 5 favorite books to read on snow days.

Unpacking the Common Core Standards, Part 3: Thinking Horizontally

Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge unpacks one of the new Common Core standards horizontally.

Poetry Friday: Marilyn Singer’s Favorite Poems

Poet Marilyn Singer shares a few of her favorite poems for National Poetry Month.

Spring into Multicultural Children’s Books!

A poem and image from the book “Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems” to celebrate the first day of spring.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall on how writing heals

In this excerpt from her 2012 Pura Belpré acceptance speech, Under the Mesquite author Guadalupe Garcia McCall shares how writing the book helped her heal and brought her closer to her father: My life with my mother was full of love and acceptance. I was blessed to be her daughter, even if for a little […]

California’s new poet laureate!

Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera, who has just been appointed California poet laureate! Herrera is the author of 28 volumes of poetry and other works, including several award-winning children’s books. In honor of Juan Felipe Herrera, here’s a poem from his book The Upside Down Boy: After a week of reading a new poem aloud […]

A Full Moon Contest!

In celebration of our new book A Full Moon is Rising, we’re having ourselves a little contest! A Full Moon is Rising, by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Julia Cairns, shows readers how people across the globe celebrate the full moon. Take a peek: Now we’d love to see how the moon looks from where […]

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