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Kings & Counternarratives: 8 Books Featuring Black Male Characters

Recently, our country was harmed by another racist tragedy. Therefore, as an actionable step to help address racism towards the Black community, I have created a list of books featuring Black male characters to act as counternarratives. I chose to list 8 books (4 picture books, 2 middle grade books, and 2 young adult books) in remembrance of Ahmaud Arbery because his birthday is today, May 8th. Each of these books are written by Black authors and most are written by Black men.

Ramadan Mubarak: Diverse Book List & Teaching Resources for Ramadan

No matter if all, some, or none of your students observe Ramadan, you should teach your students about this important Muslim holiday! It is crucial that we provide windows, mirrors, and doors, so every child feels seen and every child gets the chance to learn about others. To do this, try reading a book and having a discussion with your students and/or kiddos. In this article, I have composed a list of 5 Picture Books about Ramadan and some Teaching Resources for Ramadan.

Celebrating Khmer New Year through Reading and Talking About Cambodian Experiences

This year, Khmer New Year will fall between April 14th and 16th. I encourage you to share with your community of students, families, and friends about the country of Cambodia and its courageous people. I put together a list of six books written about or by Cambodian people. The picture book illustrations remind me of the style of paintings that my Ba (dad) enjoys making when he recalls his life in Cambodia.

Colorful Pages at Home: Describing & Understanding Characters

In this post, we are going to give support in how to develop the reading skill of Describing and Understanding Characters for your K-12 students at home. We provide a deeper look at the skill, a diverse book list with books for all ages, discussion questions for elementary school students, and reading activities for middle school and high school students.

Countering the Racism Against Our Asian Communities: 10 Books Featuring Asian Characters

There have been two things causing this stress and infecting our society: the Coronavirus itself and the racism that followed. So, throughout these next few weeks, consider reading all or some of these 10 Books Featuring Asian Characters. Each was written by an Asian author and each has positive images of the Asian community that will help you counteract the racist images coming from around our nation.

Colorful Pages at Home: Text-to-Self Connections

In this post, we are going to give support in how to develop the reading skill of Making Text-to-Self Connections in your K-12 students at home. Connecting is an important skill for all readers to develop because it helps students build a great joy for reading and think critically about what is happening in the book and why authors do certain things. We have included books and questions/activities for ALL ages, Kindergarten to 12th Grade!

Taking Black History Beyond February: 13 Picture Books and Young Adult Lit

Some of you may already know this, but I’m here to tell you BLACK HISTORY DOESN’T NEED TO STOP WHEN FEBRUARY STOPS! Yes, Black History is American History, which means, it is not (and should not be) confined to just one month. Here are ten picture books and three young adult chapter books to extend Black History month in your classrooms, libraries, and homes.

Colorful Pages at Home: Introduction

Considering all of this, we are creating a series of blog posts called, “Colorful Pages at Home”. During this series, we will be posting several blog posts with a diverse book list and discussion questions focusing on a specific reading skill. Colorful Pages hopes to alleviate some of the stress of pseudo-homeschooling that is burdening our families due to the coronavirus.