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Leave the Books on the Bed

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Educators & Librarians | 0 comments

Leave the Books on the Bed

Loving the Horn Book article,“’Leave the books on the bed’: Shaping a child’s social conscience” by Jen Mason Stott, the librarian at King Open School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Explore the book list. “…grounding difficult conversations in shared books shows respect for a child; a grownup trusts him or her to think critically about complex moral questions. . Part of growing up is constructing opinions based on the information available — whether online, print, or word-of-mouth. As kids hurtle toward adulthood, there’s an urge to imprint on...

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Pop-up Museum of Black History

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Educators & Librarians | 0 comments

Pop-up Museum of Black History

A high school in Oak Park, IL created a pop-up museum for African American History Month that included Claudette Colvin. “I teach African history, so we talk about how our history classes are white-washed and what that means and how that supports the racial hierarchy,” said Spoor-Harvey said while standing near a poster of Claudette Colvin… . OPRF student Honora Nudnik, who was in the hallway working on her laptop near the Colvin poster, said she didn’t know the woman the image depicted. She did know Rosa Parks. ....

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Claudette Colvin Interviewed by Great Big Story

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

Claudette Colvin Interviewed by Great Big Story

We love this interview with our friend, Claudette Colvin.

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Students Protesting National Anthem

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in We Were There Too! | 0 comments

Students Protesting National Anthem

  The following article appeared in the Portland Press Herald… History lesson vindicates students protesting national anthem As Justice Fortas wrote in 1969, children don’t shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door. By Phillip M. Hoose I write in response to the Sept. 15 Associated Press article “High schoolers joining chorus of anthem protesters” (Page A5) that presented the difficulties that school administrators experience when students make visible social protests during the national anthem. The author...

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Horn Book Summer Reading

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Horn Book Summer Reading

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Horn Book just released their summer reading list.  The list includes Phillip Hoose’s The Boys Who Challenged Hitler. “Hoose brilliantly shows how the astonishing bravery of ordinary Danish teens started something extraordinary.” —Horn...

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All Gratefulness to Maine Libraries

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Knud Pedersen, the subject of  The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club says in this video that “gratefulness has no distances.”  Indeed, Knud, it does not.  Phil Hoose, FSG and readers owe you much gratefulness for your bravery, for your ingenuity, for your stubbornness and for all the ways you have preserved this incredible story of valor and loyalty.  Thank you. Phillip Hoose, while unable to be in Maine to accept the 2016 Lupine Honor for the book, also proclaims that “gratefulness has no...

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Give Claudette Colvin the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 3 comments

Give Claudette Colvin the Presidential Medal of Freedom

On March 2, 1955, a young African American woman boarded a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., took her seat and, minutes later, refused the driver’s command to surrender it to a white passenger. “It felt like Harriet Tubman was pushing me down on one shoulder and Sojourner Truth was pushing me down on the other shoulder,” she mused many years later. “History had me glued to the seat.” READ MORE in the Washington...

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Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor 2016

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor 2016

Our heartfelt thanks to Elizabeth C. Overmyer, Gratia Banta, Alan Bern, Alexandra Burns, Nick M. Glass, Eric Gomez, Susan Dove Lempke, Grace W. Ruth and Jennifer R. Sommer of the The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Committee for their hard work and dedication in reviewing 2015’s children’s non-fiction collection for the Sibert.  Non-fiction writers are so lucky to have dedicated professionals like you that see the power of informational books to connect and compel young readers to citizenship. The Boys Who Challenged...

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Gratefulness Has No Distances: Knud Pedersen Talks About The Boys That Challenged Hitler

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 1 comment

Gratefulness Has No Distances: Knud Pedersen Talks About The Boys That Challenged Hitler

Knud Pedersen, the subject of  The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club recorded this video in 2014.  In the video, he talks about working with author Phillip Hoose and the publishing team at Farrar Straus Giroux on the development of his story. He says that “gratefulness has no distances.”  Indeed, Knud, it does not.  Phil Hoose, FSG and readers owe you much gratefulness for your bravery, for your ingenuity, for your stubbornness and for all the ways you have preserved this incredible story of valor...

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The Museum is Closed: Knud Pedersen, the Artist

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

The Museum is Closed: Knud Pedersen, the Artist

In Denmark, Nikolaj Kunsthal has launched a retrospective exhibition that tells the story of Knud Pedersen, the subject of the Boys Who Challenged Hitler, as an artist, event maker, resistance fighter, author, and exhibition arranger. “Knud Pedersen, who died last December, was one of a kind on the Danish art scene. The potential of ideas and thoughts and the notion that art should be for everyone were pivotal points to Knud Pedersen. He aimed for the utopian, rejected authorities, and the range of his imagination seemed to know no...

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