Learning of the Legacy of Harriet Tubman

It is hard for children to comprehend the notion of slavery as it once was in this country. However, slavery, and the horrors that went along with it, is something that we need to retell so that it never happens again. It is also an important part in understanding how divided this country has always … Continue reading Learning of the Legacy of Harriet Tubman

Yosef’s Dream – A story about Ethiopian Jews

The Jewish people have a long history of being spread all over the world. Many forget, however, that for many years there was a large contingent of Jews living in Ethiopia. They lived in isolation, not realizing that there were other Jews in the world and often oppressed by their Ethiopian "hosts." In Yosef's Dream, … Continue reading Yosef’s Dream – A story about Ethiopian Jews

Patricia Polacco and a Love Affair with Books

How much TV is too much TV? Welcome to Triple Creek, where the townspeople watch TV day and night. They watch it when they're eating, working, playing, and sleeping. They even use TVs to teach the kids at school. Check out this amazing book by Patricia Polacco that looks at our technology addiction.

A Jewish look at Thanksgiving

My third grader came home yesterday talking about a book that her teacher was reading aloud to the class - Molly's Pilgrim. Since Thanksgiving is two days away, it is good to be taking a look at different perspective when it comes to this holiday. I'm thrilled that her teacher shared this book with their … Continue reading A Jewish look at Thanksgiving

Diving into the Titanic

As I mentioned before, we are going through a period of loving to read about the Titanic. I am more than happy to search the library and bookstores for good books on the subject. Discovering all of the information about the Titanic has really got J thinking. She is deeply saddened by the loss of … Continue reading Diving into the Titanic

A lesson from Mrs. Katz and Larnel

From time to time I read a book and just say "wow" when I am done. When my four year old requested that I read Mrs Katz & Tush for bedtime one night, I really wasn't sure that she would enjoy it. The story is pretty long and Ms. Polacco tends to write about some … Continue reading A lesson from Mrs. Katz and Larnel

Picture books for Young Writers

These days, schools focus so much on reading that it seems like they are not paying as much attention to the importance of creative writing. That kind of makes me sad. I remember being allowed to just draw pictures and then write the stories or dictate them to a teacher when I was younger. It … Continue reading Picture books for Young Writers

Reading Ron Roy

I realized the other day that I have really been focusing on picture books and not giving any updates on the chapter books that J is reading. Granted, a big part of this is because she is so obsessed with Harry Potter that she reads them over and over and over again leaving little room … Continue reading Reading Ron Roy

Making the Civil War real

We stopped off at the library today before the roads got their first snow of the year. You must understand, we live in North Carolina and school was cancelled today when they thought that snow would be hitting us around noon or 1pm and they wouldn't be able to get the high schoolers home in … Continue reading Making the Civil War real

sitting in for change

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, I wanted to try and bring some books about civil rights into J's reading rotation. Since I also know that getting her to read anything other than Harry Potter and Land of Stories would be a challenge, I thought that I needed some kind of hook to … Continue reading sitting in for change