The Snapdragon Book Foundation provides funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Founded by a former school librarian, the foundation exists to put books in the hands of students. Grant funding is to be spent on traditional books and processing fees—barcoding and spine labels, for example. Other media, such as posters, arts and crafts supplies, software, hardware, and online databases, are not eligible. The foundation is not likely to fund projects that include significant technology unless the technology use has a strong connection to the organization’s mission. The grants are awarded to public, private, charter, and experimental preK–grade 12 schools in the United States and its territories. They typically range from $2,500 to $10,000.
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.
The TESOL Teacher of the Year Award, presented by National Geographic Learning, recognizes outstanding teachers for their commitment to advancing English language teaching and learning practices, and their dedication to motivate and inspire their students. Applicants are not required to be TESOL members; any English language educator who has been a classroom teacher for a minimum of three years may apply.
If you’re looking for a way to take story time up a notch with the children in your classroom, why not turn to astronauts? That’s the premise of Story Time from Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation that features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station.