Showing posts from April, 2016

Because of a Boy Named Peter

You can walk into any classroom today and find a variety of books.  The story-lines range from the environment, kids, funny animals, feelings, multicultural characters, and more. In the past, characters of diverse backgrounds were non-existent, even in schools that were mostly African-American.  African-Americans could not connect with the characters of the story.  Then, one man decided to change that.

In 1962, Ezra Jack Keats wrote the first children's book with a character with a diverse background, The Snowy Day. The story is about a small boy, Peter, who is experiencing a snow day outside of his home.  In the following year, The Snowy Day won the Caldecott Medal, which during that time was a very high honor for illustrated books for children.  Keats has illustrated almost 85 children books (written and illustrated 22). 
The story of Peter did not end with The Snowy Day.  Keats wrote six other books that included the life of Peter all the way to his adolescence.  Keats believed t…

When a Woman Dares To Dream....

Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul. ~Coretta Scott KingDid you know that the month of March is Women History Month and March 8th is considered International Women's Day.  International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women.  Even though the progress of women achievements has slowed down in some parts of the world, strides are being made to exalt awareness.

Women's History started off as a week in 1987.  Congress expanded the celebration to a month.  The month of March honors women of different cultures, abilities, and contributions.  As a woman, we are not always shown in the greatest light, especially when it comes to entertainment or social media. A positive light is something that we owe our young women.  They should understand that they can be more than a pretty face.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.~Eleanor Roosevelt

The learning does not stop w…

Young Poets

A couple of weeks ago, I was discussing that the month of April was National Poetry Month with a friend.  She said, "It makes sense that it would be in April though, because it is the time of Spring."  It never crossed my mind, April is the time of new things.  Take a moment to think about it..... rain comes and cleanses the Earth and gives things a new start. The birds chirp, the flowers bloom...................
At an early age, I started writing poetry.  I kept a small book and usually wrote poetry and short stories.  Poetry was a mental getaway for me, as I looked back I saw so many poems in that small notebook. I started to reminisce about how helpful they were during my childhood. Children can associate the greatness of poetry by seeing that it is the ability to inspire emotions and special pleasure through rhythms.  

The first National Poetry Month was held in 1996. The month helps honor publishers, booksellers, educators and literary organizations.  During this month, p…