Monday, July 06, 2020

Synergy: Body Image

Body image is a person’s perception of their own body. These feelings are impacted by other personal and environmental issues. Possessing a positive body image is important in healthy individuals.
Read the recently published young adult book, then learn more at the websites:
THE (OTHER) F WORD: A CELEBRATION OF THE FAT AND FIERCE edited by Angie Manfredi is an anthology of prose, poetry, and art celebrating body image. Each work in the collection explores a different aspect of body image acceptance. Designed for people of all sizes, the book encourages confidence and courage.
The JED FOUNDATION YouTube channel features videos that promote emotional health and positive body image. Of particular note is an interview with model and positive body activist Hunter McGrady sharing her experiences and what she wished she’d known when she was 16.
JED Foundation
Hunter McGrady
ARC courtesy of Amulet Books.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Synergy: John Hancock and Samuel Adams

John Hancock (1736-1793) was a wealthy merchant and Samuel Adams (1722-1803) was a politician and activist. As a result of the Stamp Act, they joined forces to create a peaceful boycott of British goods. For a decade, they led protests in Boston prior to the Revolutionary War.
Read the recently published children’s picture book, then learn more at the websites:
MOST WANTED written by Sarah Jane Marsh and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham explores the partnership of John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Boston. Readers follow Hancock and Adams through the ten years leading up to the Revolutionary War. The picture book features both well-known and lesser-known quotes from primary source documents. It concludes with additional background information, a timeline, and author notes.
THE COMING OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1764-1776 is a web project of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The project focuses on over a dozen key primary source documents. Many of these documents are featured in the Marsh’s picture book.
The Coming of the American Revolution
ARC courtesy of Disney/Hyperion.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Synergy: Working Dogs

Working dogs are trained to perform specific tasks such as detecting bombs or assisting a visually impaired person. In most cases, the dogs are breed to promote particular physical characters such as herding dogs.
Read the recently published children’s picture book on this topic, then learn more at the websites:
CADI: THE FARM DOG by Lisa M. Gerry is part of the new DOGGY DEFENDERS series celebrating the experiences of real-life working dogs. Each book explores a different type of dog such as the fire dog, therapy dog, police dog, and search dog. Cadi is a farm dog that protects farm animals and assists humans. Each two-page spread contains colorful photographs and engaging, easy-to-read text. The book concludes with information about Cadi and his human family.
WORKING DOGS is a short video from National Geographic that introduces the concept of working dogs to viewers. A YouTube search for particularly types of working dogs returns lots of videos.
Working Dogs
ARC courtesy of National Geographic Kids.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Synergy: Mister Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) was a beloved American television personality and producer who hosted a television series for children titled Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968-2001.
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YOU ARE MY FRIEND written by Aimee Reid and illustrated by Matt Phelan tells the story of Mister Rogers. This beautifully illustrated biography explores the elements of Fred Rogers’ childhood that impacted his decision to create a television program for children that emphasized kindness and celebrated individual differences.
MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD is a website dedicated to Fred Rogers and his television programs. It features information about his message and music; his guests, puppets and colleagues; and key locations. The website also provides excerpts from the early television program.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
ARC courtesy of Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Monday, June 08, 2020

Synergy: Racial Equity in Education

Racial educational equity refers to fairness, inclusion, and equal opportunity in schools. In the United States, many schools were segregated by race until this practice was declared unconstitutional in the 1954. As schools throughout the American South began the process of desegregation, many students found themselves in the middle of local conflicts.
Read the recently published nonfiction children’s book on this topic, then learn more at the websites:
THIS PROMISE OF CHANGE by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the story of a girl’s fight for school equality. The book begins by providing a context for readers about the time leading up to the summer of 1956. Author Jo Ann Allen was one of a dozen students enrolled at Clinton High School in Tennessee in August of 1956. As the school year began, outsiders joined by locals rioted causing conflict in this small town through the Fall. This middle grade novel weaves together free-verse with primary source documents to immerse readers in this true story of risk and courage. The book concludes with information about the key people and a scrapbook of photos and other resources.
CLINTON DESEGREGATION CRISIS is a web page telling the story of desegregation in the town of Clinton, Tennessee. This short article provides useful background information for youth reading the story of the Clinton Dozen.
BEFORE LITTLE ROCK is a photo gallery from Life Magazine telling the story of mob violence through a set of photographs.
Clinton Desegregation Crisis
Before Little Rock
ARC courtesy of Bloomsbury Children.

Monday, June 01, 2020

Synergy: Collections

A collection is a group of things someone has gathered. A person is a collector when they bring things together into a group. People collect many different types of things. Collecting is a popular hobby.
Read the recently published children's book on the topic of collecting, then learn more at the website:
FINDING TREASURES written by Michelle Schaub and illustrated by Carmen SaldaƱa is a picture book about collections and collecting. When the class is given the assignment of sharing their personal collection, one student goes on a quest to learn about the collections of friends and family. From teapots and coins to baseball cards, the exploration leads to the discovery of her own passion.
THE LEARNING LAB from the Smithsonian invites youth to discover, creative, share, and learn using the Smithsonian collections.
ARC courtesy of Charlesbridge.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Synergy: Abraham Lincoln and Poetry

Most people know Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president of the United States. But, most aren’t aware that he was also a poet. Abraham Lincoln enjoyed reading and sometimes even writing poetry as a young man.
Read the recently published children's picture book, then learn more at the website:
THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN by Eileen R. Meyer and illustrated by Dave Szalay contains eighteen poems about Abraham Lincoln along with background information and an illustration for each poem. An author’s note encourages children to write their own poetry.
LINCOLN AS POET is a web guide from the Library of Congress that explores Lincoln’s life as an avid reader of poetry. It also shares surviving verses written by Lincoln as a teen including both digitized documents in his own handwriting along with transcriptions.
ARC courtesy of Charlesbridge.