Tag Archives: Educators

Ties That Bind Across Generations: A Guest Post by Monica Brown

In this guest post, author Monica Brown shares the magic that is passed down through generations of women in her family in the form of creativity and dreams. El cuarto turquesa / The Turquoise Room will be published September 27 and is available for pre-order now.

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¿Dónde encontramos textos diversos en español y cómo podemos evaluar su calidad?

Por Michelle Fuentes, Literacy Specialist, y Katie Potter, Senior Literacy Manager

Nuestro enfoque en Lee & Low Books es publicar historias contemporáneas y relevantes sobre experiencias y personas diversas. Para nosotros es importante proteger la autenticidad cultural de todos los aspectos del libro (incluyendo el texto, arte, lenguaje, sintaxis, traducciones, etc). Encontrar textos de calidad y auténticos puede ser difícil, y por eso nuestro equipo en Lee & Low hemos construido una lista de recursos para encontrar textos diversos en Español.

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7 Ways to Make a Case for a Challenged Book in the Classroom

By Katie Potter, Senior Literacy Manager

Educators are entering a new school year, and there are themes and units that we’re excited to tackle. It’s always a joy to see the wonder on children’s faces when they’re engaged with a riveting book and the powerful conversations that ensue.

Despite those exciting feelings, sometimes challenges will arise, and we as educators need to be prepared to have nuanced discussions with administrators, caregivers, and other people who want to be involved with students’ lives and the books we’re showcasing in our classrooms. It is also important to make sure to have a challenge policy in place that will treat all challenges equally if they arise. Continue to consult and follow the policy all school year to address any potential pushbacks.   

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8 Books Exploring How We Take Care of Our Mental Health

We all know that taking care of our physical health is crucial to surviving. Unfortunately, we don’t always address an aspect of our health that affects us just as much as our physical health does: our mental health.

Young people all over the world are dealing with mental health struggles in many shapes and forms. Today, we are recommending books that contain different portrayals of mental health and the ways in which the protagonists address them depending on their unique situations.

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Watch the Webinar: SEL on Your Shelf: Using Books to Build SEL Skills

Thank you to all who joined us for our most recent webinar, SEL on your Shelf: Using Books to Build SEL Skills featuring guidance on how to select the right book to teach Social and Emotional Learning skills, competencies, and values that will guide our students through academic, social, and emotional development and challenges.

If you missed it live (or just want to watch it again), you can access the webinar below, or here on YouTube. Keep reading for links to resources and booklists shared during the webinar and feel free to reach out for more information and/or a Professional Development certificate.

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The Mysterious Case of Writing with Grace: A Guest Post by Guadalupe García McCall

In this guest post, author Guadalupe García McCall unravels the personal and shared traumas and experiences of women that inspired her newest novel. Echoes of Grace will be published August 16 and is available for pre-order now.

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Utilizing Picture Books in Upper-Grade Curriculum

Many middle school teachers are skeptical of utilizing picture books in the upper-grade curriculum. While they have positive attitudes toward picture books in general, there can be hesitancy to add them to core curriculum. Taraneh M. Haghanikar, Associate Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, shares four tips on how to integrate picture books into upper-level curriculum.

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Upcoming Webinar: SEL on your Shelf: Using Books to Build SEL Skills

How do we select the right book to teach Social and Emotional Learning skills, competencies, and values that will guide our students through academic, social, and emotional development and challenges? How can we be strategic in building a collection of books and read-alouds that explore your school’s SEL framework? How can we build classroom community with SEL texts that align to our students’ needs and interests?

Join us for a critical webinar on Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 at 4:00 PM ET about using children’s books to teach about critical SEL skills just in time for the upcoming school year.

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A Tale of Two Crescent Cities: A Guest Post by Chris Clarkson

In this guest post, author Chris Clarkson discusses his inspirations for his debut novel and the duality of its setting, the city of New Orleans. That Summer Night on Frenchmen Street will be published June 28 and is available for pre-order now.

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How to Use Writing to Support Vocabulary Acquisition with Bebop Books

Word acquisition is essential in building a reader’s knowledge base. Furthermore, a robust vocabulary is important in equipping students with the skills they need to engage with a variety of texts, content and in a mix of settings.

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