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Welcome to my blog where I document my learning in teaching, coaching, language and culture. During the school year, I have the honor of working with the best of two worlds. Part of my day, I work alongside with English language learners in the classroom part of my day. The other part of my day, I get to share it with wonderful colleagues as we sit down together, providing instructional coaching, brainstorming possibilities together or just listening. 

Happy International Children's Book Day!

Oh I SO love April 2 as every year we celebrate International Children's Book Day to inspire a love of reading. Why April 2 you may ask? It's Hans Christian Andersen's birthday so how appropriate is to have a day like today to celebrate children's books.

For this wonderful day let me share with you a couple of books I've discovered, enjoyed and loved lately!

I recently discovered this fabulous book about Gloria Steinem and I was delighted to see how accessible is the writing for children but also how inspiring her story truly is. I love the way this book narrates Gloria's life as an activist and a leader. Children would totally understand what it means to stand up and look for better choices. The illustrations are beautifully created and matches the serene tone of the book!

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I'm sure you can understand this feeling of excitement when your local library sends you an email ( or text!) letting you know that your book reservations are ready for pick up. On those days, I know I can easily come back home with a pile of 5 to 7 picture books! Talk about a perfect afternoon. 

 

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A perfect afternoon is when I can lay  on my carpet all the books I bring home and enjoy a cup of coffee as I make my way through them. From this pile, all were great discoveries but some of my favorite include: Voices from the Underground Railroad, They Say Blue and Libba. 

 

 

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Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by  R. Gregory Christie is a wonderful celebration of a neighborhood that was home to so many brilliant African Americans in the 1920s. Sugar Hill was a place where everyone could enjoy a life filled with books, culture, art and creativity. This books plays a wonderful tribute to an inspiring neighborhood! 

When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson