The Classroom Bookshelf
February 7, 2022 by Erika Thulin Dawes
Weaving past and present together through image and anthem, master illustrator Bryan Collier gifts us the inspiring message of the protest song “We Shall Overcome” in the form of a picturebook. Immersed in Collier’s deeply symbolic collages, readers accompany a young Black girl wearing a bright yellow dress as she leaves her home, goes to school, and gathers with friends to paint a mural near a street with bright yellow lettering that reads ‘Black Lives Matter.’ The illustrations fuse past events with the present narrative; historical figures and monuments are represented by Collier in black and white, while the present is represented in bright colors. This moving picturebook invites us all to reflect on the contributions of the freedom fighters who have come before us, and on all of our roles and responsibilities in sustaining the continuing journey toward freedom.
November 16, 2020 by Mary Ann Cappiello
The Teachers March! captures a powerful moment in U.S. history, celebrates the tenacity and intrepidity of teachers, and has an important role to play in language arts and social studies curriculum.
March 25, 2020 by Mary Ann Cappiello
Whether you are a K-12 teacher trying to support students online or a parent, grandparent, or family or community member trying to support learning for a range of students and ages during this period of disruption, we hope you can find these resources interesting and engaging, and these simple protocols helpful.
February 24, 2020 by Erika Thulin Dawes
“There are two sides to every story.” This well known phrase appears on the cover of Australian authors Kate & Jol Temple’s unusual picture book along with the image of two seals, presumably a child and caregiver duo. An initial read of this book prompts expressions of concern for this pair as they travel away from their storm ravaged home only to be met with the words, “There’s no room on our rock,” when they seek shelter. The text is reverse poetry and read from back to front, it offers an entirely different reading experience.
October 31, 2016 by Mary Ann Cappiello
Snow White Written and Illustrated by Matt Phelan Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7233-1 Grades 4-8 Book Review The Roaring 20s and Art Deco New York City meet the Great Depression in Matt Phelan’s new graphic novel Snow White. Phelan introduces the climax of the novel at the very beginning, revealing to readers a […]
January 7, 2013 by Mary Ann Cappiello
Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN: 978-0-374-30516-1 Written by Tracey Fern Illustrated by Boris Kulikov Grades 3-8 Book Review “Barnum collected more dinosaur bones than anyone on earth.” In fact, before he started working for the famous American Museum of […]
The Classroom Bookshelf
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