Come learn with us in a setting that prioritizes mindset shifting and reflection over 6 weeks and have a greater understanding of how to use books in early childhood for social justice education and conversations. The topics and goal-setting will be heavily tailored to specifically discuss read-alouds, choosing books, early literacy, etc., which we truly believe is a powerful vehicle for change. We will meet as a group on Thursday evenings for collaborative learning, for approximately 75 minutes per session.
Thursdays from 8:00-9:15 pm EST
2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11
Saturdays from 3:00-4:15 pm EST
2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13
You’ll notice some of our offerings are available at different price points.
We put together this ‘sliding scale’ in an effort to undo some of the economic barriers that are built and reinforced by the systemic inequalities in our society which may prevent some individuals from accessing the same opportunities as individuals with more privileges and fewer systemic barriers in their way.
We ask folks to consider their own individual situations and pay based on which of the price points makes the most sense for them. If you’re not sure which of the price points makes sense for you, we recommend checking out this helpful infographic created by Alexis J. Cunningfolk.
To learn more about the theory and practice of sliding scale systems, check out their incredibly informative blog post here.
If you need any course accommodations for a disability please contact Alex or Corrie and we will do our absolute best to facilitate the request.
We actively seek out feedback for improvement. Feel free to email Corrie Locke-Hardy at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex at email@example.com for questions, comments, compliments, or indignations.
Written & Illustrated by:
Moira Rose Donohue & Laura Freeman
For ages: 4-8 years
Tippity-Tappity Scritchedy-Scratchedy, William Henry “Chick” Webb was always on the drums…even when he didn’t own any! Diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis and accidentally falling down some stairs when he was a child caused William to need surgery and stunted his growth. His doctor suggested Chick play the drums to regain arm strength, and a lifelong career was catalyzed.
Nicknamed “Chicken” initially, it was shortened to Chick. Chick used wooden spoons and beat out rhythms everywhere and on anything he could, until selling enough newspapers to buy drumsticks and a drum set. By the time he was a teenager, four feet one inch tall Chick was regularly playing gigs onstage. After a fateful battle of the bands at the Savoy Ballroom, Chick became infamous for his band beating Benny Goodman and his band.
Chick Webb was a staple of the Harlem Renaissance, and this story gives a wonderful overview of his life, culminating in his big win against Benny Goodman. The illustrations are brightly colored, conveying music and movement. I love the way artist Laura Freeman shows Chick’s hands blurred because he’s drumming so quickly. It makes the reader feel like they’re in the front row, watching and bopping to the music that these Jazz greats are so well known for.
This book was kindly sent by Sleeping Bear Press and is out today! All opinions are my own.
Moira writes mostly nonfiction books at the third grade level. She never thought I would fall in love with nonfiction, but once Moira wrote her first biography, she couldn’t stop writing it. She lives in Florida!
From her website: “Originally from New York City, I now live in Atlanta with my husband and our two children. I received my BFA from the School of Visual Arts and began my career working for various editorial clients. I have illustrated over thirty children’s books, including Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, the Nikki & Deja series by Karen English and Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal. In addition to illustrating books and editorial content, my art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards.”
Written & Illustrated by:
Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal
For ages: 4-8 years
I know I know, I’m late to the party on this one. But life is quite something in this day and age. Anywho, let’s stop talking about my life and instead let me heap praise upon this book, which is SO cool!
This is the type of book that I wish I could hop into. A child and their Tito are going on a rainforest walk together, seeking out elusive animals and eating snacks upon a hanging bridge. The pair are on nearly every page, but they’re not the focus. The illustrations focus on the vastness of the rainforest, and the menagerie of life that is being observed by the human pair. The reader’s eyes feast upon various green shades of a plethora of plants, and learn about all sorts of animals like basilisk lizards, sloths, and howler monkeys. When dusk falls, the pair must make their way home to Abuelita and the delicious dinner she’s made.
I’m sure you, kind reader, know how much I love Chris’s art style. If you want to learn more about it, I even interviewed him in a Picture Bookstagang episode! I’ll give a small spoiler here, Chronicle has a scientist that looks over his drawings for this series to make sure they’re anatomically correct and easily identifiable. Which honestly, sounds like a pretty badass job. This is the most recent book in the Over and Under series, and it’s sure to spark some excitement for young readers. And I must stick to my predictable closing line and also say I love very much the additional animal info in the back, which comes with a helpful drawing to remind us what it looks like. I also think this would be a fun way to try and find every animal pictured in the book, and talk about environmental preservation and climate justice about these delicate ecosystems that host such an array of unique animals.
This book was kindly sent by Chronicle Kids, but all opinions are my own!
Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Pond, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the Pond, The Brilliant Deep, and How to Read a Story; novels that tackle real-world issues like Breakout, All the Answers, and The Seventh Wish; mysteries and thrillers like Capture the Flag, Eye of the Storm, and Wake Up Missing; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series; and the popular Ranger in Time chapter book series about a time-traveling search and rescue dog.
Kate’s titles are frequently selected for One School, One Book and One School/One Author programs and other community-wide reads – especially The Seventh Wish, which deals with a family affected by heroin addiction, and Breakout, a novel inspired by a real-world prison break, which takes a look at privilege and perspective. Kate’s books have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. Her novel The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. won the E.B. White Read Aloud Medal, and her science picture books have been finalists for the American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences/Subaru SB&F prize for excellence in science writing.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate was a TV news reporter as well as an educator who spent fifteen years teaching middle school English. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all 46 Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines.
Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning author and illustrator of picture books including Over and Under the Snow with author Kate Messner, which was praised for its “stunning retro-style illustrations” (New York Times) along with Over and Under The Pond and Up In the Garden and Down in The Dirt. He makes books that feature animals, shapes, science, friendship and silliness, and strives to create diverse and inclusive characters that reflect the kids and parents who read his books. Neal’s author debut titled “Everyone” was praised by Publisher’s Weekly as “simple, honest, lyrical”. His board book series (Animals Colors, Animal Shapes) received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. He speaks about his books, the art making process, and his career at schools, conferences, libraries and book festivals across the country. Neal is a Mexican/Eurpoean-American artist who lives with his wife and two boys in Brooklyn, NY.