GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO BE KIND

I’M YOUR NEIGHBOR: WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, AND MIGRANTS AS NEIGHBORS THROUGH THE SHARING OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND OTHER STORIES

FEATURING MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL

Malala’s first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.

This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.

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MALALA YOUSAFZAI WINS SECOND HARVARD ACTIVISM AWARD

“Malala speaks powerfully to the strength and perseverance of women and girls who are oppressed,” said Gergen in The Harvard Gazette. “Her remarkable story has inspired girls — and boys as well — to follow in her footsteps and has activated a generation of practitioners and legislators who are fighting for equality in their own communities.”

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AUTHOR INSPIRES MAIN STREET SCHOOL STUDENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Main Street School fourth- and fifth-graders, who had been reading Amal Unbound, the story of a young Pakistani girl forced into indentured servitude as part of their Global School Read Aloud activities in October, welcomed the book’s author, Aisha Saeed…

The book’s main character, Amal, was inspired by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest person to ever receive a Nobel prize.

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‘CHANGE THE WORLD’ AUTHOR PATRICIA POLACCO VISITS ZEELAND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

As she shared stories, Polacco also shared life lessons. Polacco explained she didn’t learn to read until she was 14 and her teacher realized she had dyslexia. Because of her struggles, she was often teased by other students, and encouraged Zeeland students to be kind.

“Go out of your way to be kind, because you will never regret kindness,” she said.

She added, “Your beautiful faces and hearts are going to change the world.”

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MRS. KATZ AND TUSH BY PATRICIA POLACCO

 

MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP BY R. GREGORY CHRISTIE

Witness momentous events through the eyes of a 9-year-old in Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop. Based on teacher Almella Starks-Umoja’s personal recollections, fictional protagonist Lorraine describes her family’s experiences at home, at church, and on the march after the deaths of two sanitation workers lead to a strike, boycotts, protests—and even more tragedy….R. Gregory Christie’s acrylic-gouache paintings heighten Alice Faye Duncan’s fresh perspective on this epoch, with bold colors and dynamic compositions reminiscent of Jacob Lawrence.

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CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY, COTA AND OSU PAY TRIBUTE TO ROSA PARKS FOR THE 14TH YEAR

“By shining a light on the legacy of Rosa Parks today, we illuminate the road to tomorrow for those who are walking with strong feet and heads held high. That is Rosa’s legacy,” (Andrea Davis) Pinkney said. Pinkney’s book is titled “Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation”.

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