Literally Cultured’s Best Picture Books of 2021

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Last year I began my annual round-up of favorite picture books of the year with one book for each month, and needless to say, choosing only 12 books was an agonizing feat. So this year, since 2021 decided to throw us some curve balls and seemingly break all the rules...I decided to reward myself (and … Continue reading Literally Cultured’s Best Picture Books of 2021

Celebrate the Winter Season in an Epic! Way

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When we were forced to go virtual during the onslaught of Covid-19 in March of 2020, as a 4th grade reading teacher I was frantic to find a virtual way to bring quality, diverse books to my students. Since then, Epic! has been my go-to for finding diverse and ACCESSIBLE books. Epic! is always free … Continue reading Celebrate the Winter Season in an Epic! Way

Dear Khloe: Love Letters to My Little Sister

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When I first connected with St.Clair Detrick-Jules I knew I wanted to do something special to honor her first book release, but also honor the special women in my life that I feel could contribute to the ever-evolving conversation surrounding Black hair. When it comes to Black hair, one would think our society had made … Continue reading Dear Khloe: Love Letters to My Little Sister

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Stay Connected During Covid-19 with Diverse Picture Book Read Alouds

As teachers (or even parents) we know that children thrive with structure and routine. Establishing expectations allows for a sense of familiarity and comfort, no matter what the setting may be. Many non-teachers may be finding this out now as we hunker down with our families to practice social distancing for a few weeks...I don't … Continue reading Stay Connected During Covid-19 with Diverse Picture Book Read Alouds

FREEBIE: Social Justice Standards Posters (9-12)

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As the K-12 Diversity Chair for a large central Ohio school district, I felt it was important for educators in the high school setting to have visual support when referencing Teaching Tolerance's Social Justice Standards. I initially intended for these posters to be used with student groups led by our diversity liaisons (we have one … Continue reading FREEBIE: Social Justice Standards Posters (9-12)