Humans had to evolve to acknowledge octopus consciousness
“An octopus is as different from a person physically as creatures can get,” naturalist Sy Montgomery, author of the 2015 book The Soul of an Octopus, …
Getting to Know Sy Montgomery
Getting to Know Sy Montgomery. Do you think of writing children’s books as a “desk job”? Well, there is some sitting and writing involved but there is so …
Sandwich Reads Together To Focus On ‘The Soul Of An Octopus’
Written by author and naturalist Sy Montgomery, it explores the physical world of the octopus and the connections it makes with humans. By turns …
8 Things That Happen In Kids’ Brains When Arts Funding Gets Cut
Children’s book author and professor Jewell Parker Rhodes knows firsthand how a lack of emphasis on creativity can stymie emotional expression…
Reading & literacy: A shared journey
Author and educator Dr. Francisco Jimenez greets Viola Perez at the … as an author, he embraced an audience that shared his passion for learning.
Dr. Seuss’ racial history draws controversy
According to an account in School Library Journal, the National Education Association, which sponsors Read Across America, is shifting its emphasis to a year-round calendar that features a diverse collection of books. The move comes amid discussions about Seuss’ early work, particularly the editorial cartoons drawn during World War II, and after the NEA received a report concluding that 98 percent of the people in Seuss’ books are white… In 2014, two African-American children’s writers, Walter Dean Myers and his son, Christopher Myers, wrote opinion pieces in the New York Times decrying what they called “the apartheid of literature.” That led to the formation of We Need Diverse Books and similar organizations pushing the publishing industry to expand their offerings.
The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.