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Children’s Book Week in May

During Children’s Book Week, bookstores, libraries, and schools participate in various events to celebrate children’s books and the joy of reading. Learn more at everychildareader.net

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Martí’s Song for Freedom: Book Review and Activities

Marti's Song for Freedom

Learn about José Martí, often referred to as the “Apostle of Cuban Independence,” in this bilingual biography written by Emma Otheguy and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. Written in verse, including excerpts from Martí’s own poetry, this picture book introduces children and adults to his inspiring life story and his important contributions toward winning Cuba’s freedom from…

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Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

pysanky

What are Pysanky? Pysanky are Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk art using a wax-resist method. Its name comes from the word “pysaty,” which means “to write.” Pysanka (PIH-san-kah) is the singular form, and pysanky (pih-san-KIH) is the plural form. The designs are created with a kistka, a special stylus that holds liquid wax. The wax is applied to the…

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The Cloud Artist: A Choctaw Tale Book Review & Activities

The Cloud Artist

Gazing at the clouds – watching them move, shift, and create beautiful art in the sky. Many of us have experienced this, but what we haven’t experienced is being able to create the art. That special gift belongs to the Choctaw*, shared in the Native American tale The Cloud Artist. The Cloud Artist (Hoshonti Holbvttoba Inchunli) is a bilingual…

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The Saint Nicholas Day Snow: Book Review & Free Printable

Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Award-winning author Charlotte Riggle and illustrator R.J. Hughes have teamed up for another holiday children’s book that is both touching and informative. The Saint Nicholas Day Snow is a story about family, friendship, and the St. Nicholas Day traditions of two friends – with interesting historical facts of the legendary figure woven in. Disclosure: We received a complimentary…

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¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish Review & Activities

Hola Let's Learn Spanish

Introduce kids to new cultures through language, literature, and fun activities with ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay. This book is great for parents and educators teaching Spanish to young children, regardless of their own Spanish skills. Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes; however, all opinions are our own.…

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4 Ways to Introduce Global Learning Into a Classroom

4 Ways to Introduce Global Learning Into a Classroom

We’re excited to share a guest post written by Becky Morales from Kid World Citizen as part of our Global Learning in the Elementary Classroom miniseries. Hello! My Name is Becky Morales, and I am an ESL and Spanish teacher and mom to five kiddos through adoption and birth. Our family is somewhat unique because we have such…

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Global Learning in the Elementary Classroom

Global Learning in the Elementary Classroom is a mini-series designed to provide educators with quality resources to teach their students about world geography and cultures. With the help of some great global educators, we are featuring information, ideas, and resources to teach our youngest learners about the diverse world we all share. Kicking off the series is an introduction to…

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Sharing Many Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

We’re excited to share a guest post written by Lisa Heintz from Little Songbird: Songs for Learning as part of our Global Learning in the Elementary Classroom miniseries. Lisa has lots of great suggestions for global activities, books, and songs. Sharing Many Cultures in the Elementary Classroom Make no mistake: True “multicultural” or “global” education takes creativity,…

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Pepe Builds a Nest Book Review & Activities

Pepe Builds a Nest

Pepe Builds a Nest by Theodore Jerome Cohen is a wonderful book to share with young children that deals with the issue of bullying. A conflict between two penguins leads to learning important values and life lessons including honesty, hard work, persistence, standing up for yourself and others, friendship, and forgiveness. Written in rhyme, it makes for a…

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