June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and Brightly, an online resource to help educators grow lifelong readers, features 15 booksfor children about the Immigrant Experience in America. One of the books suggested for children in prekindergarten/kindergarten is The Name Jar, a familiar immigrant tale of having an unfamiliar name and feeling like an outsider—until someone kind or brave or both makes a gesture of inclusion. A suggestion for children aged 5–9 is Here I Am, a book with no words that nevertheless captures what it’s like to be an immigrant in the big city—disorienting, unfamiliar, overwhelming, alienating, new. Recommended for children aged 9–12 is A Long Walk to Water, the story of two Sudanese children—Salva, a boy, and Nya, a girl—told from alternating points of view. These and other books will inspire students to think deeply about their fellow Americans, their stories, and their experiences.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in February.
Read in Color is bringing diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world. The program has four key components: Read in Color pledge; Little Free Library installations; Free diverse books; and Recommended reading lists.
Living Nations, Living Words, the signature project of United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, conveys through poetry that Native people and poets have vital and unequivocal roots in this country. The project features 47 contemporary Native poets reading and discussing their original poems.