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Big Bright Feelings

Tom Percival has taken on the task of making conversations around emotions and regulation of those emotions more easily accessible to children. In a year like no other books like Ruby's Worry, Perfectly Norman, Ravi's Roar, and Ruby Finds a Worry have allowed me to initiate and continue conversations with my kindergarten students. They identify… Continue reading Big Bright Feelings

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A letter from your teacher…

My back to school line up, with my new addition, front and center. Written by Shannon Olsen and illustrated but Sandie Sonke, this beautifully written letter written to students assuring them of teachers' hopes and dreams and sharing the true love and passion teachers have to support and help their students learn and grow. As… Continue reading A letter from your teacher…

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Big Feelings ~ are you feeling them?

The book jacket is a poster that can be used for a variety of things. Here I am introducing new feeling words. I have so much to say about the true power of this book…So many incredible things that have already happened with my students because of this book.  But the thing I’m currently feeling… Continue reading Big Feelings ~ are you feeling them?

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Love for Lola

The Lola series by Anna McQuinn is a yearly favorite in my kindergarten classroom. Lola goes on typical five year old adventures and lives a happy little life. Lola loves her little brother and she loves stories. The family models a literacy rich, reading culture. Lola's little brother Leo has his own book series and… Continue reading Love for Lola

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“Yasmin…she be like me!”

My kindergarteners fell in love with Yasmin, the star of an early readers series written by Saasia Faruqi, the moment we started reading. She's a friend, a reader, a writer, a superhero, an artist...and so much more. She's just like my kids. Yasmin is a typical kid who does typical things and she happens to… Continue reading “Yasmin…she be like me!”

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I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoët

Kerascoët is a husband and wife team who created this powerful wordless picture book about a topic that can often be hard to discuss with children: bullying. I Walk With Vanessa became a fast favorite in my kindergarten class as soon as we started reading it together. Each illustration is packed with detail. Children notice… Continue reading I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoët

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I Am Enough by Grace Byers

"We listen to Enough again please Miss Masse?" One of my kindergarteners asks with eagerness in her eyes. We have taken to audio recording our read alouds to listen to them during transition times and other times during our day. This idea came at the suggestion of a friend and mentor, Audrey O'Clair, who was… Continue reading I Am Enough by Grace Byers

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Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

"Miss Masse, in Somali, we say 'Kim-ar'." Anzal directs as I begin talking about today's read aloud, Mommy's Khimar. Books like this are a part of our culture in my small kindergarten class in semi-rural Maine. What's amazing about my class is that 11/14 kids speak English as a second language. There are 7 languages… Continue reading Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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Ibtihaj Muhammad’s “The Proudest Blue”

"I'm just glad to know we're not the only ones." Abdirizak looked at me with his deep, contemplative eyes as he started to walk out of my classroom. The Proudest Blue, A Story of Hijab and Family speaks to the exciting first day of hijab for Asiya told through the eyes of her little sister… Continue reading Ibtihaj Muhammad’s “The Proudest Blue”

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Under My Hijab by Hena Khan

“It’s her, it’s her!” the twins exclaim upon seeing the cover of Under My Hijab by Hena Khan. The girls make an instant connection to our helping buddy who wears a hijab. A seemingly simple moment, a real-life connection; but in reality, it was so much more.  Later, after the twins had the book read… Continue reading Under My Hijab by Hena Khan