September 18-24, 2022 marks Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read.
Recent years have seen a significant rise in the number of book bans and challenges in both school and public libraries in the United States. In support of access to books, we’ve previously compiled a list of resources to combat challenges in your school or library.
This September we’re celebrating books that highlight science, math, and real-world problem solving!
When you sign up to participate you’ll receive free STEM and STEAM author videos and activities that will electrify lesson plans. We’ll send an email each week in September with links to videos and activities. Make it an exciting STEM-tember and click here to register!
Keep an eye out for these highly anticipated titles!
We’re excited to launch some really beautiful picture books into the world this fall. From fictional stories of unlikely friendships to true tales of heroism and upbeat calls to inclusivity, there are inspiring pages here for every reader. Take a look at our upcoming fall picture book releases you won’t want to miss.
A few months ago we celebrated Nonfiction November and shared read-aloud videos of some of our favorite nonfiction books. We had so much fun we thought we’d show some love to fiction next! Throughout the month of February we’re sharing read-aloud videos of twenty-eight different fiction picture books! The videos are yours to share with students and readers, whether you’re watching them in your classroom or library or using them for hybrid and distance learning. Featured read-alouds include two laugh-out-loud Monkey with a Tool Belt titles, fan-favorite Dino-Basketball, the celebrated and heartfelt story A Map into the World, and more! Keep reading to see the video release schedule or click here to download a PDF schedule.
Fiction February participants will receive an email every Sunday beginning January 30, 2022 with links to read-aloud videos for every school day that week (along with recommended related titles!) The videos will be available to watch through March 1, 2022.
Ready to join the fiction fun? Sign up now!
In the series American Slavery and the Fight for Freedom, new in January 2022 from the Read Woke™ Books collection, readers are shown the history of slavery and its lasting legacy in the United States. Like all Read Woke™ Books, this six-book series was created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. In this post, see examples of the ways primary sources are utilized in the books (including audio clips you can preview yourself). Plus, keep reading to learn about the Read Woke™ teaching guide, available now to all educators.
The use of primary sources is a major part of the American Slavery and the Fight for Freedom series. These sources highlight the experiences of enslaved people and the lives of Black people beyond the aftermath of the Civil War (1861–1865). In each book, readers will find two voices quotes. In the example below from Resistance to Slavery: From Escape to Everyday Rebellion, the quote expands on the information given in this text by allowing readers to see an enslaved person’s reflection of their time in slavery.