Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps.
When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children’s librarian Clara Breed’s young Japanese American patrons are to be imprisoned in the desert. Before they are moved, Miss Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children’s letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.
- 2020, One Book One San Diego Children’s Book Selection.
- 2019, Jefferson Cup, Children’s Biography, Virginia Library Association.
- 2019, Social Justice Award, International Literacy Association.
- 2019, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, NCSS.
- 2019, Bank Street College of Education, Best Children’s Books of the Year.
- 2019, Nominated, Ezra Jack Keats Award for Picture Book Text.
- 2019, A Mighty Girl pick.
Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song
Illustrated by Michele Wood
Enslaved African Americans longed for freedom, and that longing took many forms–including music. Drawing on biblical imagery, slave songs both expressed the sorrow of life in bondage and offered a rallying cry for the spirit.
Like a Bird brings together text, music, and illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Michele Wood to convey the rich meaning behind thirteen of these powerful songs.
- NYPL’s Children’s Books 2016: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing List
- New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award 2017-2018
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center: CCBC Choices 2017
- 2017, Bank Street College of Education, The Best Children’s Books of the Year
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
Illustrated by Michelle Wood
This rich and intricate collection of poems chronicles the various experiences of American slaves. Drawn together through imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective: a house slave, a mother losing her daughter to the auction block, a blacksmith, a slave fleeing on the Underground Railroad.
This moving and eloquent set of poems, brought to life by vivid and colorful artwork from Michele Wood, offers a timeless witness to the hardship endured by America’s slaves. Each poem is supplemented by a historical note.
- Finalist, 2013 PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing
- 2013, Bank Street College of Education, The Best Children’s Books of the Year
- 2013 NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
- 2013 Gold Nautilus Award
- NYPL’s Children’s Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing List
- 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society Award
- 2013 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
- Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center: CCBC Choices 2013; Poetry Essentials
- Parent’s Choice Silver Honor
Moonstruck! Poems about Our Moon
Edited by Roger Stevens; illustrated by Ed Boxall
Otter-Barry Books; ISBN: 978-1910959787
A young reader’ anthology of moon poems to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Popular American writers of poetry for children are represented, including Eric Ode, Cynthia Grady, BJ Lee and Robert Schechter. 20 new poems about the moon from well-known and up-and-coming poets are combined with 20 classic poems with a moon theme. The classics include poems Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and Amy Lowell (1874-1925) and the traditional American children’s rhyme ‘The Man in the Moon’ is of course also to be found here!
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations
Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
Pomelo Books; ISBN 978-1937057459
This latest book in The Poetry Friday Anthology series offers 12 poems per month and 12 poems with the theme of Birthdays and Baby Days PLUS Take 5! mini-lessons for teaching and sharing skills and standards such as the CCSS and the TEKS. In addition, each poem is linked to a picture book recommendation and other poems in the book for text-to-text connections. Choose your favorite celebrations for each month!
Independent School Libraries: Perspectives on Excellence
Edited by Dorcas Hand
The first book published about independent school libraries since 1985, this work offers both the independent school library community and the broader school library community a wealth of insights into excellence in library practice.
Independent School Libraries: Perspectives on Excellence offers readers insights into best practices in library services for school communities, using examples drawn from independent schools of various sizes, descriptions, and locations across the United States. Two overview essays introduce a statistical analysis of independent schools. Each of the remaining essays provides perspective on a different aspect of library practice, including staffing, advocacy, assessment, technology, collaboration, programs beyond the curriculum, intellectual freedom and privacy, budgeting, accreditation, disaster planning, and more.
Because independent school librarians work across divisions and without a mandate to adhere to state or national standards, they have the freedom to explore and refine best practice in a school library setting. Fortunately, the ideas and methods they have developed, many of which are on display here, can be applied in any school library.