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Step Up for Diversity in Children's Literature

How many kids do you know who wish they were Harry Potter? Or Katniss from The Hunger Games? Or Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon? Now try to think of an African American protagonist with the same level of popularity. Or an Asian American. Latinx. Until recently, it wasn't so easy.


Check Out April's STEM Festivals for Families

April is a great month to get your kids out of the house and actively engaged in STEM/STEAM education. Did you know that National Robot Week and National Environmental week both fall in April? Or that North Carolina hosts a state-wide STEM festival for the whole month? These are just a few of the cool events happening around the country that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Read a Book to a Child on International Women's Day

For anyone paying attention to the news coming out of the world of children’s publishing these days, International Women’s Day might take on a new sheen of relevance.

Showing Up, Showing Effort

I always think that if the zombie apocalypse did come, there's nowhere I'd rather be than in a karate dojo on lesson day. Boy, those kids are fierce, and they know how to wield a bow.

Myth Busting: The Work-Life Balance Doesn't Exist

We've all heard that phrase, “the work-life balance.” It's offered up as something to strive for, something to accomplish, something lots of other people brag about on social media. The topic of work-life balance has been brought into sharp relief this week after a BBC commentator was interrupted by his two adorable kids during a live interview, causing the Internet to burst out laughing.

Great Speeches from Past Presidents for Classroom Discussion

Download a free ebook and embark on a fascinating presidential history lesson!

Discussing Civil Rights with Kids: Because It Makes a Difference

What impact does Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech have today? Is it still relevant? Is it, perhaps, more relevant than ever?

Take a Family Vacation That Counts

During the next month, and then again through the spring months, families all over the United States will be embarking on those hallmarks of childhood: the family vacation. Where are you and your family going this year?

Invent Your Own Country and Learn About Democracy!

This week, there’s a lot of talk about elections, democracy, and power. Our children are hearing it, as hard as we might work to keep the news off the radio and television, as hard as we try to keep discussions positive, as determined as we are to find our way toward forming a more cohesive nation after a bitter campaign season.

Kids Can Save the World! Here's How

It's November, and while we might not want to start decorating for the holidays, it's a great time to open up discussions in your classroom about serving your community.

 

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