Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gettin Through Thursday

The day before mama gets paid is the hardest day of the week, and sometimes results in a broken heart.  What happens when you've been promised a celebration for a hard earned report card with top grades that you might not get after all? Report card day falls on a Thursday, the day mama doesn't have any money left.  Melrose Cooper and NNeka Bennett have provided readers with a narrative that includes concepts around economic inequality and access for children to engage in critical discourse around economic diversity.
 
Access and exposure to diverse narratives in picture books offer children opportunity to learn about their familiar communities and their unimagined, unexplored world.  Words and illustrations on the pages invite the reader to participate, with exposed characters and their personal experiences lived.  Thus, there is a great need for a variety of representations of family, school, and life.  As children deepen their own sense of self through the portrayals they connect too.  Bishop said:
Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange.  These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author.  When lighting conditions are just right, however a window can be a mirror. (1990, as cited by Harris, 2007, p.153)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Who are the poor in picture books?


Who are the poor in picture books? Jamaican Americans Zettie and her mom live in their car, while focusing on their plan for a real home of their own. They came to America after Zettie's dad died. They shower in public bathrooms, drink three day old leftover soda, and feel isolated from their community. Zettie's mom works part time and attends community college. The ending does not find the perfect solution, but leaves the reader with hope that the family might have a way out of poverty- with work, great sacrifice, luck, and access to a person who might be able to help some.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Call me Tree

"Some sing songs, Some sing along, All trees have roots, All trees belong"

With no gender specific pronouns, this beautiful book about connecting to nature, allows for all readers access to a child who is not about socially created stereotypes. It also just might nudge a conversation about gender conceptions. This book is part of a trilogy, and I have read them to kids as young as kindergarten (who quickly started unraveling their social understandings about gender).

Monday, July 3, 2017

K-2 Summer Reads

Kate & Chris nailed it with their Mercy Watson series, and now old fans, and new fans alike, will fall in love with their Deckawoo Drive series. Read it it to, or with your child, or let the budding chapter book reader in your life- read it to you. 

So many different Phonics Comics titles to chose from. Graphic Novels are a popular genre with young readers and its so great to have the perfect choices for our K-2 readers.


Read this one to your child, because you deserve a good laugh and to be engaged while you are teaching empathy, vocabulary, text structure, love for reading, all while defeated summer slide.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Insectarium & Writer's Workshop

Collecting insects for our Insectarium (they were hiding all over the playground). Learning to label collections for further study.
Kindergarten science writers chose one of their insects to write about. The illustrations were made with homemade Eric Carle paper and inspired by his work we learned about during one of our illustrator's workshops.

Our book shelf presents Kindergarten science writer's published books.