Huck Finn, Racist Language, and Teaching

First published in 1884 and still an intellectual adventure, relevant to kids today  … “That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of a free-thinking kid,…

A deeply heartfelt glimpse into the life of a boy on the autism spectrum

“Written in third person, this engaging and insightful story makes readers intimately aware of what Bat is thinking and how he perceives the events and people in his life. With empathy and humor, Arnold delves into Bat’s relationships with his divorced parents, older sister, teachers, and classmates.” — Publishers Weekly A Boy Called Bat by…

A disarmingly delightful debut picture book from Andrew Bergmann

Are you looking for a great addition to your picture book library? Check out The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergmann (Author, Illustrator). In the tradition of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, a generous giraffe gives away all of his apples to his hungry friends in this winning picture book that begs to be read aloud….

Shai and Emmie: two third graders destined for superstardom

From Academy Award–nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes the first story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders destined for superstardom. In Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (Book #1 of A Shai & Emmie Story) by Quvenzhané Wallis Shai Williams was born to be a star (or…

“A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit”

 “You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. In Beartown: A Novel author Fredrik Backman, “is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet…

A Violent Time in the Fight for Civil Rights

“For readers new to the subject, the biographies will be a vivid, informative introduction, but even those who have some familiarity with the landmark events will learn much more here. . . . A penetrating look at elemental national history.” –Booklist How were you taught the Civil Rights movement? Teachers, how do you teach it?…

Teaching English Language Learners: Across the Content Areas

English language learners (ELLs) often face the difficult challenge of learning both a new language and new subject matter at the same time. In Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas, Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian offer strategies, tools, and tips that teachers can use to help ELLs at all levels flourish in mainstream…

A rollicking fun ready-for-baby story

From the author/illustrator of Too Many Carrots comes a rollicking ready-for-baby story—complete with chickens, pigs, and a very angry bull! Chick is getting a new baby brother . . . and he does NOT understand what all the fuss is about. What is so exciting about an egg that just sits there? Well, it turns out this…

VIDEO: Learn to Publish for Kids with “Writing for Children, Season One”

Using colorful graphics, clear explanations and examples, and plenty of humor, the mysteries of writing unfold in Writing for Children. From brainstorming to proofreading, viewers will discover how good writing makes words work! Grades K-4. Click here to watch the video. Here are some further ideas. Writing for children means thinking about your own past,…

Lucky Girl: A Thought-provoking Look at the Good-girl/Bad-girl Dichotomy

Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault. Rosie is a beautiful girl—and it’s always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She’s lucky and she knows it. But it’s the start of a new school year and she begins to realize that she wants…