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September is a busy month, as classrooms nationwide settle into their school day routines. We're back just in time to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. (Read More)
Author Doreen Rappaport writes about multicultural history, which she calls "lives not yet celebrated." Since the Common Core State Standards put such emphasis on reading nonfiction and using informational texts to do research and write reports, we asked Doreen about how she researches and writes her books. (Read more)
Last week a group of authors, publishers and bloggers launched a three-day social media campaign to call attention to the lack of diversity in children's literature. Authors, illustrators, publishing executives and others are posting under the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks by finishing in their own words a sentence that begins, ?We need diverse books because?? (Read More)
Just as the director and designer create a stage setting that helps the audience understand and connect to a dramatic performance, teachers must create the environments in which students are challenged to read a wide range of texts deeply and thoughtfully. (Read more)
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