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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 level. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird was...

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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 slow voice, offered with modulation and care. There...

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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 Fight for Rights An essay by Jeremy Felix  ...

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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 that can introduce even the youngest children to...

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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 closely with Claudette Colvin to write the story of...

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