Amy reads the first part of the 1953 Newbery Medal winner Secret of the Andes, by Ann Nolan Clark, published by Puffin. Cusi has lived his whole life in a secluded valley in the Peruvian highlands, tending llamas with his guardian Chuto. But Cusi is now old enough to learn the traditions of his ancestors, and he and Chuto depart on a journey.
Amy reads Vote For Our Future, by Margaret McNamara, with illustrations by Micah Player, and published by Schwartz & Wade. Every two years, on the first Tuesday of November, Stanton Elementary School closes for the day, so it can become a polling place. Even though the children at Stanton can’t vote, they get all fired up about the election–after all, kids have to live with adult decisions. What will these future voters do to change their future? After the story, … Read More
This week, we’re reading the first part of the award-winning book The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros and published by Vintage. This is a collection of evocative vignettes about a period in the life of Esperanza Cordero, daughter of a poor family in Chicago. Esperanza is just old enough to realize that her life is limited by the poverty her community faces and being a girl in what is very much a man’s world. Please note that this … Read More
Amy reads Equality’s Call, by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Magdalena Mora, published by Beach Lane Books. This picture book for younger readers tells the story of voting rights in the United States, and the progress that’s been made to extend those rights to each and every American. Because as the book says, “a right isn’t right until it’s granted to all.” Afterwards, Amy demonstrates how to make a scaled-up rosette ribbon that resembles those historically worn by women’s suffrage … Read More
This week, Amy reads the second part of Fighting for Equal Rights: A Story about Susan B. Anthony, written by Maryann N. Weidt, illustrated by Amanda Sartor, and published by Lerner. In the second half of the story, Susan comes into her own as an activist and leader, spearheading women’s suffrage campaigns and facing court for registering to vote. It isn’t easy, but change never is.
This week, Amy reads Brown Sugar Babe, written by Charlotte Watson Sherman and illustrated by Akem, published by Boyds Mills. When a little girl describes herself as “pink”, her mother steps in and tells her about all the wonderful things in the world that are brown, just like they are. Afterwards, we have a quick and simple art project to make a tree from a paper cutout of your hand.