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Why Did the Whole World Stop?: Talking with Kids about COVID-19 by Heather Black

The title of this book asks a question I think many of us, not just children, have been pondering over the last few months. We have all had our lives uprooted as we deal with the effects of a global health emergency. As adults, we can become overwhelmed with all the information that is available… Continue reading Why Did the Whole World Stop?: Talking with Kids about COVID-19 by Heather Black

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Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

"My color is black... and there's no black in rainbows." The first time I read these words, it felt sad. But on the very next page, the narrator begins to list all the places the color black is found, like a crayon, "the dirt where sunflowers grow," and "the braids in my best friend's hair."… Continue reading Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

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The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner

"It starts with one." This is the opening and closing lines of "The Brilliant Deep" by Kate Messner, and students really noticed that the book has a strong message of how one person can make a difference. Kids talked about how one person could help the planet, and how person could find something they care… Continue reading The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner

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Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival is a relatable story for all kids, and probably most adults too! When Ruby finds her worry, she tries to ignore it, but that only makes it grow larger. Ruby finally realizes that the only way to make her worry go away is to talk about it. When… Continue reading Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

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Always Anjali by Sheetal Sheth

I have been reading "Always Anjali" by Sheetal Sheth to a lot of classes this fall! Anjali is so excited to ride her new bike to the school carnival with her best friends where they decide to buy matching personalized license plates. Mary and Courtney find theirs right away, but Anjali's name is nowhere to… Continue reading Always Anjali by Sheetal Sheth