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Roberta Pressel, Book Designer

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler, Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 3 comments

Roberta Pressel, Book Designer

  “I just learned that Roberta Pressel, the Macmillan designer who designed covers for my books Moonbird and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, passed away. Roberta put her heart and soul and brilliant eye into all of her work. Her conscience too. I remember she told me that she had been initially uncomfortable the assignment to create a cover for The Boys Who Challenged Hitler because she didn’t want to draw attention to Hitler in any way. But before declining the assignment she gave it a go. The result was spectacular, even by her...

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Building an Empathy Library

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Hey Little Ant | 0 comments

Building an Empathy Library

What does the world need more than a “Building Empathy Library”? Hey, Little Ant is honored to join such strong books in Lakeshore Learning’s...

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The Bee is Now in the Race

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird | 0 comments

The Bee is Now in the Race

  Each year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee publishes its School Spelling Bee Study List, a list of 450 words to help students prepare for a school-level spelling bee. These 450 words come from a list of books carefully selected by the Bee’s editorial team for their engaging and age-appropriate content, as well as their rich vocabulary. That list of books is called the Great Words, Great Works list. Scripps National Spelling Bee typically chooses five books per grade level, including at least one nonfiction and one classic per grade...

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Phil Hoose Interviews Mr. Rogers

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Music | 0 comments

Phil Hoose Interviews Mr. Rogers

“During the minute or so that I am on hold, waiting for Fred Rogers to pick up the phone, I grow increasingly tense. The next voice I hear will belong to a man whose sweater is in the Smithsonian, along with the Spirit of St. Louis and pterodactyl skeletons and Archie Bunker’s chair. He is one of the most identifiable figures in American life. When he finally does answer, how many other callers will be on hold as I scramble for whatever I can get of his time? . And then the voice arrives and instantly everything is all right. It is a...

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Claudette’s Fight for Rights: An Essay by Jeremy Felix

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

Claudette’s Fight for Rights: An Essay by Jeremy Felix

Jeremy Felix, a seventh-grade student at Glen Meadow Middle School in Vernon Township, NJ won the Scholastic Scope national essay contest for his essay on Claudette Colvin. Kristen Lewis, executive editor of Scope magazine wrote to Jeremy, “We loved how you captured the dauntlessness and courage of Claudette Colvin…Wonderful work!” Thank you to Language Arts teacher Nancy Grimaldi for connecting us with Jeremy so that we could share his essay here. Thank you to Jeremy Felix for such a  powerful piece of writing.   Claudette’s...

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Raising Activist Kids

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in It's Our World Too! | 0 comments

Raising Activist Kids

The Washington Post shared, “The Best Books for Raising Activist Kids.” Proud to have It’s Our World, Too! Young People Who Are Making a Difference: How They Do It — How You Can, Too! by Phillip Hoose (FSG) among such amazing children’s literature titles. “As protests and marches continue to sweep the country, parents can use books to help them broach complex topics with their kids. Many kids recently attended protests for the first time and these budding activists often have tough questions. . Here is a list of books...

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March 2 Named Claudette Colvin Day

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

March 2 Named Claudette Colvin Day

The city of Montgomery, Alabama has declared March 2nd,  Claudette Colvin Day.  That date marks the day in 1955, when the impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus. “She was an early foot soldier in our civil rights, and we did not want this opportunity to go by without declaring March 2 as Claudette Colvin Day to thank her for her leadership in the modern day civil rights movement,” —Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange Author Phillip Hoose worked...

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Leave the Books on the Bed

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Educators & Librarians | 1 comment

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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