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Reading Books for Academics and Pleasure

Reading Books for Academics and Pleasure

Critical reading English for academic purposesEncouraging reading at homePleasure of reading books Ensuring that your child reads for fun or reads for school or academics requires stamina and balance. Particularly, these experiences include different books, skills,...

How to Read Different Nonfiction Books

How to Read Different Nonfiction Books

Reading Nonfiction Picture Books Reading Nonfiction Using Text Features Reading Nonfiction with 0-10 year olds Reading Nonfiction stories introduces new vocabulary words, truthful ideas, and new information about our world. Nonfiction can be defined as, informational...

Booklist: Inspired by #BrownBoyJoy

Booklist: Inspired by #BrownBoyJoy

Derrick Barnes wrote I Am Every Good Thing to celebrate the experiences of black boys. The imagery captivates a brown boy’s experiences of skating, swimming, and growing into a future leader. Barnes stated, “I wrote this book for Black boys and the people that love...

Booklist: Nature Books for Children

Booklist: Nature Books for Children

Books about Earth & Climate Change Books for Kids Nature Books for Children Enjoy these picture books about nature that your child might love to read. These books range from riddles, fiction nature books, and non-fiction books. With broader topics about healing...

Juneteenth Learning for Kids-Reading Activities

Juneteenth Learning for Kids-Reading Activities

Topics about Juneteenth Vocabulary words and questions about Juneteenth Successful Black Parenting Magazine provides 19 suggestions on Real Learning Activities for Families About Juneteenth. “These activities are suggestions. Take them and customize them for the age...

Booklist: Juneteenth Books for Children

Booklist: Juneteenth Books for Children

Booklist: Books about the Juneteenth holiday and what it means for African American communities. Juneteenth is a holiday to celebrate the end of enslavement. After enslavement was Reconstruction. After and during Reconstruction the Black Codes were established. A...

5 Strategies to Teach your Toddler Sign Language

5 Strategies to Teach your Toddler Sign Language

Sign language can support oral language development. American sign language is a visual language where the signer and viewer(s) communicate with their hands, fingers, and facial expression.    Sign Language is a visual language developed from generations of signers...

Booklist: Black & Brown Teen Fantasy Books

Booklist: Black & Brown Teen Fantasy Books

Booklist Inspired by Gilded Ones by Namina Forna Looking for good graphic novels or novels for your teen? Discover young adult fantasy books written about a Black or Brown teen. 1. The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna, (2020) Deka lives in an unknown land and learns that...

What is Literacy?

What is Literacy?

Literacy is the ability to demonstrate your language through reading, writing, speaking, viewing and listening. A literate learner, an individual needs the knowledge, resources, and tools to effectively utilize the language that they are attempting to learn What is...

Reading Strategies to Motivate Struggling Readers

Reading Strategies to Motivate Struggling Readers

Reading Strategies to help your child to read. Make reading realistic so they can see how to use it in their lives Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers You might be wondering why your 8-year-old struggles with reading or even why your fifteen-year-old struggles...

Reading Pictures with Struggling Readers

Reading Pictures with Struggling Readers

Using images to build reading comprehension.   Images add more information to the vocabulary word because they refer to what the word actually is. Teaching your child how to read is a marathon. You might be feeling overwhelmed at times or even at ease. Whatever the...

How to Teach A 4th Grader to Read a Picture

How to Teach A 4th Grader to Read a Picture

A lesson on how to read a picture with a 4th grader.  Reading images might be complicated, but using real world examples and discussions makes it easier to read images.  A parent, N.J., provided a visual-literacy lesson with her daughter in December 2020. In her...

Black History Facts about Civil Rights Leaders

Black History Facts about Civil Rights Leaders

As we look into celebrating Martin Luther King's holiday, we should remember the individuals who fought alongside him to bring African Americans justice, equality, jobs, freedom, and so much more. Unknown organizers, freedom riders, activists, and marchers...

Books About Peace

Books About Peace

Our nation is in turmoil and we need to think about the wonderful things that we have. Below is a list of books that builds discussions on acceptance, acts of kindness, gratitude, togetherness, mindfulness, and overcoming challenges for peace. We have listed books for...

Oral Reading Fluency

Oral Reading Fluency

Reading can be a joy for some and a chore for others, and that largely depends on a reader’s skill and ability. If you aren’t a strong reader, you might not enjoy reading as much as someone who has strong reading comprehension skills or who read a lot when they were...

Evaluating Literature with BIPOC

Evaluating Literature with BIPOC

When you choose literature featuring Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), it is important to know how “deep” you want to get into the content. Readers can read from identifying elements about the culture to becoming emotionally there with the events taking...

Children’s Stories about Hanukkah

Children’s Stories about Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated in December for 8 days. The start date might change which begins each year on the 25th day of the Jewish month. This day is also spelled Chanukah. For centuries, Jewish people have had to fight for their religious freedom. Hanukkah is...

Celebrate Deaf Communities: Booklist

Celebrate Deaf Communities: Booklist

The deaf community has a rich culture. However, their language and experiences are still not fully understood. They have in the past have been called Dummy, Dumb, Disabled, and so much more. Throughout the years, however, thousands of deaf activists have pushed for...

Stories by Jacqueline Woodson

Stories by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an award-winning author who has written stories for young people, teens, and adults for over 20 years. Woodson writes so that "children will see experiences, they will gain empathy and their world will become bigger." Woodson's books can be...

Booklist: Indigenous Lives

Booklist: Indigenous Lives

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving, we can also celebrate Indigenous people who lived in America before America was colonized. With November being Native American's People's Month, we wanted to share books with you that celebrates their lives and culture. Below is a...

Why I Celebrated With a Kiowa Tribe

Why I Celebrated With a Kiowa Tribe

Tents, chairs, flags, ancestral clothes, and a dedicated circle of Kiowa men and women gathered to honor their ancestral tribe. One by one the dancers methodically moved into the circle to the rhythm of the drums. Left-right-left-right dancers stomped continuously as...

National S.T.E.A.M Day

National S.T.E.A.M Day

  National STEAM Day was November 8th. We are providing books and STEAM activities that your Pre-K, Elementary, or Middle Grade reader can do for 21+ days. Enjoy these stories that feature real world activities and diverse scientists in STEAM. STEAM stands for...

Teen Books on Social Justice

Teen Books on Social Justice

With racial injustice and social turmoil brought upon Black Americans, it is our hope that these books can provide clarity, inspiration, and better understandings. There is no ignoring what has occurred to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Berry, Emmet Till, and the...

Reading Graphic Novel March by John Lewis

Reading Graphic Novel March by John Lewis

The Graphic Novel series: March displayed critical moments during the Civil rights era.  John Lewis and the illustrator use the language and images to highlight the: Drama, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Visual Literacy The trilogy of the book March is a graphic novel...

Strategies to Improve Reading Fluency

Strategies to Improve Reading Fluency

Strategies to Improve Reading Fluency Having a reader who is struggling can take time and has ups and downs. Have you heard, “Th, theee, ddooor is re real?” “Today Reggie decid to have a fun day. They plae with evvveryy.” If this sounds familiar where your child...

How to Read Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

How to Read Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

How to Read Crown an Ode to the Fresh Cut, a modern-day story about a black boy getting a hair cut. A picture book story for 2nd and 3rd grade readers. Crown an Ode to the Fresh Cut celebrates the experiences of what it means to get a "Fresh Cut" in the barber shop....