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An Interview with Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal’s first picture book as both author and illustrator—Alma and How She Got Her Name—was awarded a 2019 Caldecott Honor and Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor,…

Nov 4, 2021  |  By Jennie McDonald
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Inclusive, Authentic Children’s Literature in the Classroom: Ten Best Practices for Educators

Let’s talk about literature in the classroom: the books that children choose for independent reading and the books that teachers read aloud to the entire class, whether students are gathered on a rug or on Zoom. At Collaborative Classroom, we know how much the stories in these books matter for learning, identity, and connection. And through our work selecting authentic children’s literature for our literacy and SEL curricula, we know how hard it can be to find books that reflect the full range of human experiences. But finding these books is exactly what we must do

Nov 23, 2020  |  By Jennie McDonald
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Diversity in Children’s Literature: Checking our Blind Spots in 2020

“From the princesses to the dragons to the stories themselves, sometimes it seems like I have been looking at the same books for fifty years. The princess, curiously…

Sep 17, 2020  |  By Jennie McDonald
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The Virtual Bookmobile: Increasing Book Access and Awareness

Tanny McGregor has a wealth of experience as educator, author, conference speaker and teacher on special assignment for West Clermont Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. She brings a deep understanding…

Apr 23, 2020  |  By Tanny McGregor
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Reading List for Black History Month and Beyond

It’s February 2020 and Black History Month is more important than ever. Why? Because although this year may imply clear vision, we still haven’t achieved 20/20 hindsight when it comes to Black history. So yes, we should seize the opportunity to shine an extra bright light on it in February and then carry that focus throughout the year. Let’s work to ensure that Black history and culture are seen, understood, honored, and reflected upon by all. And ultimately, that they are fully integrated into and viewed as American history. Period.

Feb 11, 2020  |  By Jennie McDonald
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An Interview with Saadia Faruqi

If you haven’t heard of Saadia Faruqi yet, you will soon because she seems to be everywhere at once these days. Her popular early reader series Yasmin has…

Nov 18, 2019  |  By Jennie McDonald
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