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What lies beneath

Pursuant to that Trump biography, over on Facebook Sarah Hamburg told me about a really perceptive article about biographies for young people. “George Washington and Slavery: Going Beyond Picture Books to Teach About Our Flawed Founders,”* written by my erstwhile Child_Lit colleague Ebony Elizabeth Thomas along with James Joshua Coleman and Lindsay R. Cicchino, asks–and […]

A book for small hands

I’ve been following the criticism of Scholastic’s biography of Trump for younger children, President Donald Trump, with interest but I only got a hold of a copy today, and thank you, Scholastic, for sharing it. By Joanne Mattern and illustrated with photographs, President Donald Trump is in the Rookie Biography series published by Children’s Press, a […]

Haiku: A Small Poem with Great Potential

snow melting the village brimming over… with children! –Issa (1763-1828) (translated by David Lanoue) Yes, I was taught that a haiku, a short poem that originated in Japan centuries ago, was supposed to consist of three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. And yes, because of the way haiku have been taught historically, they […]

On Robin Smith’s “Teaching New Readers to Love Books” (from 2003)

“Despite the pressures of parents and the winds of educational change, I do not teach children to read because it is good for them. To me, books are not meant to be the path to Harvard or even the best high school. I do not think of them as ‘tools for learning,’ a phrase I […]

HBook Podcast 1.12 – Special Guest Educator

Podcast the sixth in which Siân and early education teacher Meg Lederhos (who also happens to be Siân’s coworker at The Bar) talk about content, curriculum, and diversity (or lack thereof) in books for the classroom. Books we talk about Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings Aaron Becker, Journey Shana Corey, The Secret Subway Hervé Tullet, […]

Off to a fresh start

Hello dear education community. I’m back! Last year I was quite silent. This was due in part to the fact that I had moved to a new school. But mainly it was because I was simply at a loss for what to say. My previous school was strictly disciplined to the point where students were […]

Guiding the young

“This is a very good start, really. Now, you might want to move that line just a tad to the left, and think a bit about your colors.”

>Becoming a Nation of Wusses

>The recent report about the reluctance of high school biology teachers to teach evolution really drives me crazy. Again. I think I am most bothered by the 60% of teachers who weasel out of or around the topic because of fear, not their own convictions. It’s like librarians who don’t buy certain materials because they […]

>Well, what about Dick Sargent, then?

>The children’s librarians over at PUBYAC are discussing impossible homework assignments–like the kid who came in and needed a biography (it had to be a book) about Dick York, famous Indianan. I sympathize–I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before the hordes of kids who came into my little branch library needing copies of God Is My […]

>Reading aloud and alone

>Twitter is atwitter with responses to Richard Peck’s remark in Notes that “over and over [kids are]telling me that the books I wrote for them to read are being read to them by their teachers. And hearing a story read doesn’t seem to expand their vocabularies. If a teacher is going to take limited classroom […]