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Raising Kids Who Want To Read — Even During The Summer

This piece combines two interviews from 2015 and 2016. You sneak them into backpacks and let them commingle with the video games (hoping some of the latter’s appeal will rub off). You lay them around the kids’ beds like stepping stones through the Slough of Despond and, for good measure, Vitamix them to an imperceptible pulp for...

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Black Girl Magic: 33 Picture Books Featuring Black Female Protagonists

There are so many wonderful picture books that feature strong, Black females as the main protagonist. Little girls can read about heroines from the past and present who have emerged as role models for all children. They can explore nonfiction books about famous female inventors who have contributed to society. Or they can enjoy stories about everyday...

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We the Civics Kids

Civics in Literature The National Constitution Center is pleased to introduce our new Civics in Literature initiative, a brand new program designed to enhance and build upon current civic education curriculum through children’s literature and other famous historical texts. Help your students build their basic civic knowledge and understand their role as active citizens. Each...

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
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31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. These books showcase the diverse ways people of all ages and races have engaged in anti-racist activism, and highlight how race intersects with other issues, such as capitalism, class and colonization. T

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