[Library Media] Fwd: How Culturally Responsive is Your Library?

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Fri Jun 2 09:45:28 MDT 2017

Chek out the awesome CLASSROOM LIBRARY QUESTIONNAIRE by the good folks at
Lee & Low: *How diverse and culturally responsive is your classroom

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From: Abe Barretto, Lee & Low Books <abarretto at leeandlow.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Subject: How Culturally Responsive is Your Library?

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June 1, 2017

*NEW Classroom Library Questionnaire*

*How diverse and culturally responsive is your classroom library?*

Creating a classroom library is a thoughtful process that involves thinking
critically about how books reflect both the diversity of our students,
their backgrounds, and the communities in which we live while exposing them
to new ideas and concepts. To help you do so, LEE & LOW has created a
Library Questionnaire*
for you to use as a tool to analyze the books in your library and help
determine where there are strengths and gaps in diversity in your

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*New Books Out this Month!*
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*Arrow of Lightning*
Joseph Bruchac*

**Earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews**

The *Killer of Enemies* series is now complete! Honored with the American
Indian Youth Literature Award, this YA trilogy follows Apache teen Lozen as
she battles monsters and works to build a safe haven for those she loves.
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*Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh
*b**y Uma Krishnaswami*

Nine-year-old Maria Singh learns to play softball just like her heroes in
the All-American Girls’ League, while her parents and neighbors struggle
through World War II in this moving historical middle grade novel about
community, immigration, and what it means to be a citizen.
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*Sparkle Boy
*b**y Lesléa Newman, illus. by Maria Mola*

Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump truck, and he also
loves things that shimmer, glitter, and sparkle.

"*Sparkle Boy* shines, shimmers, and speaks to the world we live in now."
—Tim Federle, author of *Better Nate Than Ever*

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*Customize Your Classroom Library*

We’d love to speak more with you and your school team to help bring *culturally
responsive* books into your classroom and help you build a *customized book
list *based on your students’ needs and diverse experiences:

   - Bilingual and Dual Language Programs
   - Reading Levels
   - Themes and Curriculum Units
   - High Interest-Low Readability
   - Middle and High School

Contact Vice President of Educational Sales, *Abe Barretto*, at
*abarretto at leeandlow.com*
<abarretto at leeandlow.com?subject=Classroom%20Collection%20Customization> to
get started.
<vschneider at leeandlow.com?subject=Classroom%20Collection%20Customization>

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*Spotlight: Father's Day Books*
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Celebrate *Father’s Day on June 18th* with award-winning, culturally
responsive books that serve your students’ demographics and interests.

   1. *In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers*
   *:* An intergenerational collection of poetry that testifies to the
   powerful bond between father and child, recognizing family as our greatest
   gift, and identifying fathers as being among our most influential heroes.
   2. *Willie Wins:*
   The story of a Filipino American boy who overcomes peer pressure and learns
   about family love and heritage from his father.
   3. *My Papa Diego and Me / Mi papá Diego y yo:*
   Guadalupe Rivera Marín shares some of her childhood memories of the
   world-renowned artist who also happened to be her papá.
   4. *Sky Dancers:
   in the early 1930s, a Mohawk Indian boy learns about family traditions and
   gains appreciation for nature after visiting his father at work as a
   steelworker building the Empire State Building.
   5. *Hiromi’s Hands:*
   true story of Hiromi Suzuki, a Japanese American girl who defied tradition
   to train at her father’s restaurant, and who became one of the first female
   sushi chefs in New York.

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*The People Shall Continue** by Simon J. Ortiz Returns to Print*
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LEE & LOW BOOKS is thrilled to share that we will be bringing back to
print *The
People Shall Continue*, Simon J. Ortiz’s beloved children’s book tracing
the history of Native and Indigenous people in North America. The book will
be released in paperback in October 2017 in a new 40th Anniversary Special
Edition, with updated illustrations and a new afterword by the author. It
will also be available in a Spanish translation, simultaneously published.

Told in the rhythms of traditional oral narrative, this powerful telling of
the history of the Native/Indigenous peoples of North America recounts
their story from Creation to the invasion and usurpation of Native lands.
As more and more people arrived, The People saw that the new men did not
respect the land. The People witnessed the destruction of their Nations and
the enslavement of their people. The People fought hard, but eventually
agreed to stop fighting and signed treaties.

As relevant today as when it was originally published, *The People Shall
Continue *offers a crucial—and often ignored—perspective on North American
History. For those looking for an alternative to the traditional
Thanksgiving narrative we often get stuck in
, *The People Shall Continue *is essential reading and should be in every
school, library, and home collection.

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*NEW Teacher's Guides Now Available for Download*
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*Drummer Boy of John John*

Carnival is coming, and the villagers of John John, Trinidad, are getting
ready to jump up and celebrate with music, dancing, and a parade. This
bright and joyous picture book is based on the childhood of one of the
inventors of the steel drum.

*Teacher's Guide
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*Seaside Dream*

In this sweet story about immigration, Cora is excited to celebrate
Grandma's birthday, but she's worried because she still doesn't have a
present for Grandma. After a nighttime walk on the beach with Grandma, Cora
finally comes up with an idea for the perfect gift.

*Teacher's Guide*
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*Want to Play?*

Pablo and his friends head to the neighborhood playground to play on a
warm, sunny day. But what should they play? Henry wants to play basketball,
and Padma wants to play Follow the Leader. Until Pablo comes up with a
great idea: to play pretend!

*Teacher's Guide

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*Recommended Collections for June*
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*Father's Day Collection*

Happy Father’s Day! Celebrate your fathers, grandfathers, and
father-figures by reading stories that make you feel at home through the
traditions of diverse cultures and places around the world.
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*Environmental Collection*

Be inspired to be an advocate for planet Earth through these stories of
threatened ecosystems, environmental recovery efforts and restorations
plans, and heroic actions.
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Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades PreK-2

A Diverse *PreK-2* collection curated by *Dr. Pedro Noguera*, Distinguished
Professor of Education and author of *Excellence Through Equity: Five
Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student*.

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*Five Great Reads from Around the Web*

   - Check out this summer reading list
   of "Books Featuring Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders for Kids and Teens"
   on NBC News.

   - From the Moon to the Spoon: here are 5 children's books to celebrate

   - Looking for diverse books for kindergartners? Check out 8 of our
   favorite multicultural books
   for recommendations.

   - What is culturally responsive teaching? And what can educators do to
   be more culturally responsive? Find out more here

   - Check out the first official image
   from *Star Trek: Discovery* where women are front and center!

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