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April is National Poetry Month! In celebration of this national observation month, we’re spotlighting verse novels, stories told entirely through poetry. Verse novels can provide readers with the opportunity to explore...

Driven by Martin Luther King Day, this month’s book list celebrates value-based learning in the form of civic engagement and service-based learning. Spotlighting diverse stories of civic engagement, this collection of...

From Our Library: A Booklist for Studying Seed Dispersal Fall isn’t just about leaves falling from trees – it’s about seed dispersal, too! As summer’s lush plants turn to brown, crumble,...

From Our Library: A Book List for Studying Bones

Bones are fascinating to study because they come directly from the insides of creatures - the very...

From Our Library: A Book List for Studying Immigration

Immigration is an incredibly important topic to study, perhaps right...

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Julia Alvarez's Return to Sender

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Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher The grey lady is out for a day of errands, stopping by her local...

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Rebecca Rupp’s After Eli [caption id="" align="alignright" width="215"] Download the Learning Map, which links this book...

A lovely narrative of life on a Vermont farm during sugaring season, Jessie Haas' Sugaring also serves as a resource for learning the process of making maple syrup - from tree...

A short and sweet tale of a very young trapper's change of heart, Prize in the Snow can serve as a catalyst for both learning animal tracks and signs, as well...

You may have heard that author Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. Ishiguro is best known for his 1989 novel, The Remains of the Day. More recently,...

Eve Bunting's beautiful words tell an emotional and thought-provoking story - one that sheds light on both the intense love and immense loss that are left when a loved one dies...

Shy Mama’s Halloween beautifully illustrates the experience of learning a new and unfamiliar culture. Though the book is set in the past (mid-20th century), the story itself is timeless, capturing the...

Dig into apple season with this perfect fall book! A young narrator brings readers into his home to share a family tradition of applesauce making, all the while teaching about...

Derived from the true stories of the countless native students who endured boarding schools in Alaska, "My Name is Not Easy" paints a portrait of a school trying to save students...

Beautifully blending nature and childhood imagination, this lesser-known work of Dr. Seuss' is surely one of his best! Incredibly detailed illustrations and Seuss' characteristic rhythmic, rhyming text tell a tale...

In this fantastic and creative work of children's literature, a family trip to the zoo serves as a reminder of the human need for authentic experiences in nature. Best if...

Sparking studies of eggs of all kinds, Ruth Heller's "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones" is a dense, informative, and beautiful nonfiction text. Basic enough for the youngest of readers but...

Told through the eyes of a young girl on the Autism spectrum, "Rain Reign" is a beautiful story of determination, love, and building connections across differences. A story well-suited for...

A lesser-known work of Bernard Waber but an essential title for the libraries of strong, resilient children, Courage spotlights the everyday acts of courage enacted by people of all shapes and...

One of literary great Leo Lionni's lesser known titles, "Tillie and the Wall" is a symbolic tale that encourages readers to bridge the gap (or, rather, tunnel beneath the wall) between...

Centered around the shared environment of the natural world, "Once There Was a Tree" tells the story of a stump's usefulness once a tree has died. A number of visitors utilize...

Introducing the concept of homeschooling to young audiences, Jonathan Bean's loosely autobiographical book takes a close look at a day in the life of a busy and constantly learning homeschooling family....

Told in graphic novel format, "Nobody Particular" spotlights shrimper-turned-activist Diane Wilson's early efforts to increase regulation of the petrochemical industry and to draw attention to the impact that such manufacturing had...

A science project of vegetable seedlings is launched into space. Giant vegetables of all varieties land in town across the United States. Is it some kind of strange coincidence, or has...

A complex tale of love, loss, and learning how to be a family, Half a World Away follows Jaden, a boy adopted from Romania, halfway around the world to get a...