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Representation Matters

The first time I really identified with a character was in eighth grade. Our school librarian displayed new titles in the library with short descriptions of each story. As soon as I read the…

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Need a Getaway?

The days are still short, the weather isn’t great, and we’re all starting to get a little restless. Sounds dour, but we think it’s actually the perfect time for a little mindset recharge and…

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Tales of the Heart

Love stories are uplifting and help us to remember all the good there is in the world. Of course, when we see the phrase 'love story,' there's a specific kind of story that comes to mind. But,…

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Celebrate the Season

Now that it's officially December, we're dreaming up ways to celebrate the season. Our celebrations are likely to look a little different this year (so goes the story of 2020), but that doesn't…

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Native American Heritage Month

How do you incorporate Native American history into your curriculum? A history of the United States is certainly incomplete without discussion of the peoples who lived with, cultivated, and cared…

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JB's Favorite Chillers

Our top ops guy, John, is a connoisseur of spooky stories. This week he's sharing his favorites in this special edition virtual bookshelf! So if you're looking for something to put you in the mood…

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Fiction and Empathy

Did you know that engaging with fictional stories is not only important, but also necessary work? Even seemingly silly stories with anthropomorphized characters aid students' emotional and social…

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3 Roads to Resilience

Recent research has been showing us the importance of being resilient. More than just a coping mechanism, resilience is a skill that sets students up for success. Adaptable students are better…

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Break for Animals

When things get tough, a visit from a furry friend always helps to lift spirits. Have you been enjoying the animal stories that are popping up everywhere? We certainly are. From stories told in a…

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Super Series! Elementary Edition

Series are a great way to introduce listening. Students can try a bunch of different stories, genres, or narrators until they find a story that gets them hooked. Once they find a story they like,…

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