Read in Color is bringing diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world. The program has four key components: (1) Read in Color pledge: Everyone can sign a pledge indicating their commitment to read and share diverse books. Participants have the option to showcase their commitment on the Read in Color Pledge Wall and have access to special resources. (2) Little Free Library installations: Read in Color is establishing new Little Free Library book-sharing boxes filled with culturally relevant books in high-need communities on a city-by-city basis, working in tandem with local partners. (3) Free diverse books: When Read in Color launches in a city, Little Free Library stewards in the area can apply to receive shipments of diverse books at no cost, purchased from BIPOC-owned independent bookstores whenever possible. (4) Recommended reading lists: The Diverse Books Advisory Group provides a list of multicultural books for children, adolescents, and adults representing Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Muslim, LGBTQ, and other communities.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
On June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET), children can join educators from the National Gallery of Art and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an enjoyable hands-on Art Tales Live: Online Storytime program.
From Alexander Hamilton to Ida B. Wells, writers and their works have had a huge impact on how people see the world. The American Writers Museum is inviting teachers to submit entries from their students in the museum’s second annual OnWord Student Writing Competition. Students’ work should be based on this prompt: Using writing as a catalyst to create change in the world, would you empower, inspire, or disrupt?