For Black Lives Matter at School Week, I have created a list of picture books related to each day’s values. I encourage you to use these during your lessons, story times, bedtimes, and/or any other time to make sure that Black Lives Matter at School Week is weaved throughout our students and children’s days. There are 27 picture books listed below. The majority were written by Black authors.
Happy Inauguration Week! On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office at the US Capitol. To kick off this historical Inauguration, I have compiled A Presidential Diverse Book List. These are all books that your classroom, home, and/or library can use to celebrate the Inauguration, learn more about our US Government, and inspire your little ones to one day help change our country. There are 7 Picture Books and 3 Middle Grade & Young Adult Books to pick from. Here’s to four years of change and progress (hopefully)!
Happy (Almost) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! On January 18, 2021, our country will celebrate and recognize the life of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have collected a list of diverse books to use on Martin Luther King, Jr Day with Middle & High School Students, the majority which have been written by Black authors.
Happy (Almost) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! On January 18, 2021, our country will celebrate and recognize the life of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have collected a list of diverse books to use on Martin Luther King, Jr Day with Elementary Students, the majority which have been written by Black authors.
Many of us watched all day as the news unfolded today, including our kiddos! Our Grades PreK-5 students ARE seeing the affects of the news on their grown-ups and/or seeing the news themselves. Just like our older students, they need a place to process through the events of the US Capitol Terrorism. We hope this quick list of diverse books helps you start to brainstorm the right plans for your kiddos tomorrow as we all navigate this extreme hurt and distrust.
The end of this year, 2020, cannot come soon enough! To try to help add some of that same excitement for our Colorful Pages Community, I have cultivated a list of the Diverse Books That Make Us Excited for 2021. There are 14 diverse books being released in 2021: 5 Picture Books, 6 Early Chapter Books & Middle Grade Books, and 3 Young Adult Books.
Happy #GivingTuesday! Our goals are to expand our outreach and also keep our online resources free, but this is only possible with support from our community members, like you! Check out ways to support us below!
Happy National Native American Heritage Month! Because of the strong advocacy and voice of the Native American Community, each November we celebrate and honor the heritage and history of the first people of America with National Native American Heritage Month. Our list has 14 Picture Books, 5 Middle Grade Books, and 6 Young Adult Books. Every book is written by an Indigenous author. Our list has a variety of books to show the breadth and diversity in Native American Heritage. From folktales to history to fiction conveying modern Native American experiences, each book is crucial in seeing windows and mirrors from the Native American community.
We need to engage our students and children as young as possible in this democratic process and the history behind it. This starts at home, our schools, and libraries and we need to make sure we center diverse books in order to empower our BIPOC students and White allies. To do this, check out our Colorful Pages Election Day Book List for Middle and High School Students! We have listed 8 diverse books that are perfect to read on, before, or after Election Day to teach about voting and our country’s voting rights history.
Happy (almost) Election Day! I am excited to share the lesson plan and materials that I made for my own class. I have broadened it based on my experiences teaching K-3 so that we have resources for our youngest future voters. In this lesson, your kiddos will learn more about voting and then hold a class mock election to practice how to register and vote. Use these free plans and materials to engage our future voters across our country!