February 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Ivan, Clara, and the Freedom Tree: History in Picture Books │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

How did Clara Barton, Benjamin Franklin, Ivan the gorilla, and others evolve from ordinary characters to historical superstars? Find out their backstories, and other chronicled events of times past, in these titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Choice Books to Spark Discussion on Bullying

Great titles that address bullying in a variety of ways, providing information, offering the comfort of knowing that others are facing similar challenges, and presenting strategies for surviving. Booktalk them and recommend them to teachers to share with their students to increase awareness and empathy, initiate discussion, and begin to bring about change.

Polacco’s ‘In Our Mothers’ House’ Restored to Utah School Library Shelves

Patricia Polacco’s In Our Mothers’ House, an acclaimed picture book about a family with two mothers, is finally back on K–6 school library shelves in Utah’s Davis School District, more than eight months after a committee pulled the book and restricted its access.

ACLU Files Suit Against Utah School District for Removing Polacco’s ‘In Our Mothers’ House’ from General Circulation

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation has filed suit against a Utah school district that removed “In Our Mothers’ House,” a picture book about a family with two mothers from school library shelves.

News Bites: Involve Your Students in the Election Process with ePals World Election Center

Get your students interested in the electoral process in the United States and globally with ePals World Election Center. The site includes projects and activities to reinforce K–12 students’ critical thinking skills and cultural awareness by having them learn about candidates, government, and more. Kids have the opportunity to voice their opinions about issues affecting them at home and learn about the elections abroad.

Utah District Restricts Polacco’s ‘Our Mothers’ House’ in Elementary School Libraries

The removal of Patricia Polacco’s picture book about lesbian moms has created a stir after a Utah school district recently pulled the title from general circulation in elementary school libraries.