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Guest Blogger: Pam Muñoz Ryan

I always groan when people ask about my writing process, because what they are really asking is the more complicated question, “How does your mind work?” Even the word “process” confounds me. It implies a tidy, shrink-wrapped procedure. I wish it was that way–a specific set of steps to get me from that awful first […]

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Enjoying snow through picture books

Whether you live in the icy North or amongst swaying palm trees, you’ve likely had a recent encounter with snow. Perhaps it was just in a photo on a holiday card or an image in a movie. Or, like me, you encountered snow this very morning as you shoveled your walk. It’s December and a […]

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Sue Macy on Playing Ball with Passion

The reason I write about sports, women’s history, and women’s sports history, is that I grew up loving sports. I graduated from high school the week before Title IX was passed, so I didn’t have opportunities to play in school, like girls do today. I played at camp, on the street, and with my father […]

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Resources upon request: Ashley Rhodes-Courter

We strive to make the TeachingBooks.net collection and site relevant for our customers, so it’s always a pleasure to produce or add new multimedia resources about the books you are studying. This post introduces a new category of posts on our blog that we’re calling “Resources Upon Request.” These posts will outline how TeachingBooks.net can […]

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George Washington Carver:
Environmentalist, Artist, & Educator

I recently spoke with author Tonya Bolden to record her introducing and reading a passage from her book George Washington Carver.  Listen to this Book Reading with students as an introduction to George Washington Carver.  You will be sure to learn something you didn’t know about this important man. In this Book Reading, Bolden’s honeyed […]

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Digging deeper

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I get to celebrate a human being who facilitated some amazing social movement in his lifetime. Thankfully, those of us who work with young people can use the award-winning book Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (written by Doreen […]

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Paying homage

When we learned earlier this fall that Louisiana author Coleen Salley had suddenly passed away, we were humbly privileged to realize what a gift she’d given when she called our author name pronunciation line.  Listening to Coleen Salley’s Author Name Pronunciation gives one a distinct sense of her story-telling capabilities and the ease with which […]

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Sample and savor

Every year around this time my grandfather would give my grandmother a box of chocolates.  I quickly learned that not every chocolate in the sampler box thrilled me.  One year, my sister taught me the trick of picking out a chocolate and ever-so-slightly cracking open the underside to reveal the filling.  When I found an […]

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Celebrate all year round

Chief Joseph Medicine Crow, aka High Bird, is an amazing man.  His book, Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond, shares the stories of his life traversing two cultures: that of his traditional Crow grandparents, and that of the White society he experienced growing up on the reservation and serving in […]

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