5 Classroom Activities for National STEM Day
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    National STEM Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate it than with some hands-on, engaging, and educational activities for your students? I’ve put together a…

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    Let’s Close the Black Boy Literacy Gap
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    The literacy gap between Black boys and their non-Black peers is a well-documented and persistent issue in the United States. According to a report by the National Assessment of Educational…

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    How SEL Books Can Help with Post Pandemic Learning Loss
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    The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted traditional schooling and has led to significant learning loss for many students. As schools and educators work to address this issue, social emotional learning (SEL) children’s…

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    4 Ways Picture Books Can Help to Improve 3rd Grade Reading Scores
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    Reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade is a critical academic indicator. In fact, research has shown that students who are not proficient in reading by the end of…

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    5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Author’s Visit
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    An author’s visit to a school can be a memorable and enriching experience for students, teachers, and the entire school community. However, it’s important for educators to be prepared in…

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    5 Ways to Celebrate Dandelion Day in your Classroom
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    Dandelion Day is an annual celebration that occurs on April 5th. It is a unique holiday that celebrates the resilient and versatile dandelion plant. Dandelion Day is a great opportunity…

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    5 Benefits of Booking an Author’s Visit for Your School
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    An author’s visit to a school can be an exciting and enriching experience for students, teachers, and the entire school community. Here are five benefits of booking an author’s visit…

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    Why Representation Matters in STE(A)M Education
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    Sharing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) picture books with characters of color can be a valuable way to promote diversity and inclusivity in children’s literature and to inspire an…

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    How to Select Culturally Responsible Children’s Books for Black History Month
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    Black History Month is one of my favorite times of year! It’s a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people throughout history. It’s also a time when…

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    The beginnings of writer-image activist: Patrice McLaurin
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    My aunt, Patrice McLaurin is a children’s book author/image activist. Adopting this coined term from the Twitter feed of  Michaela Angela Davis, a prominent race/gender writer,  McLaurin personally defines image…

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