The Holocaust can be a difficult topic to teach to any age. The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of more than 6 million Jews and countless other people, including the mentally ill, disabled, and the Romani during World War II.
Ameilia Earhart broke a lot of records: first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, first woman to fly nonstop coast to coast, first woman to fly SOLO across the Atlantic—she was good at being first. What about being the first person to fly around the world? That was the trip during which she was lost.
It’s an interesting time to be publishing history books for the educational market. One of our forthcoming books is about the Oregon Trail. Intrepid settlers braving the wilds of uncharted territory in hopes of forging a new, better life out west—middle grade books about westward expansion have all the ingredients for a sweeping, epic experience!
Parents and educators have been trying to decide on best practices in terms of kids and screens for decades. With the onslaught of new technology and mobile devices during the past several years, these concerns have only increased. How is the Internet changing the way kids think and behave?
Last night, despite the six inches of wet snow on the roads, I made my way to my oldest son’s high school band concert. It was a regional concert, which meant the middle school band was there, too. You know, one of the best ways to feel good about the world is to watch a group of kids ranging in age from 11 to 18 belt out the "Star-Spangled Banner" with their trumpets, oboes, flutes, snare drums, bells, and other implements of enlightenment.
I grew up in a house built in 1812, and there was one room in the basement that my grandmother believed had been a stop on the Underground Railroad.