Friday, January 27, 2017

Multicultural Children's Book Day: January 27th

January 27th is Multicultural Children's Book Day! I'm here to share with you one very meaningful book that is a great resource for any classroom.

Book info:
Title: Daddy, There's a Noise Outside
Author: Kenneth Braswell
Illustrator: Joe Dent and Julie Anderson
Publisher: Father's Incorporated
www.fathersincorporated.com


This book is written in a dialogue format which is very engaging for young readers. It is a quick, important book to read and appropriate for elementary students, and even middle school students. It is great for a read aloud when discussing the very serious topic of protesting and racism. The author geared it toward explaining protesting to primary students and I think it is a great way to begin a discussion with your little readers. Depending on where you teach, your students may be dealing with some very heavy issues related to race. This book is well written and explains what the outside noise is all about (protestors). This text provides information about protests in a simple to understand manner for kids. It will help calm your students who may have anxiety about such things. Even if you don't live in an area directly involved with protests, this book still is a useful resource to help inform your students about things they may have heard about on the news/from their parents, etc. 

After reading the text, it is important to continue a meaningful discussion with your students on the topic. Encourage your students to share their thoughts and any experience they may have with the topic. Sometimes all kids need is a book and caring adult to help them open up about their fears. I encourage you to check the book out!



Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that. 

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books


We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to remember:
MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta 
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

One last thing: Grab a free Kindness Classroom Kit to help spread kindness!





Have a great day!

Aylin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ideas for Teaching Comprehension

Do you still have some little readers who just can't seem to comprehend much while they read? Actually paying attention to the story and understanding it doesn't come easy to all readers. It doesn't matter if a story is read to them or if they are reading on their own. Comprehension can be a true challenge! I made a short video with a few ideas that you can try out right away to get all your readers to improve their comprehension. The ideas provided are perfect for the winter months, but really, the ideas can be applied year round with any theme!



Also, you'll see this freebie referenced in the video. It's a set of passages with a winter theme that are perfect for focusing on simple comprehension questions. You can read the story to your readers or have them read on their own. The same can be done for the questions- discuss them together first, then have them write the answers by copying information from the text. Or, if they are capable, let your readers independently answer the questions and then as a follow up, discuss the story with you. You can grab this freebie by clicking here!



I also have a set of comprehension stories that can be used year round that I mentioned in the video as well. Check out the set of comprehension stories here!

Have a great day!
Aylin
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