CuriousCity’s Month-by-Month in Kit Lit

For everybody celebrating the world’s events and joys and books that honor them, take a look at this magic created by Kirsten Cappy at Curious CityDPW. Curious City offers month-by-month book engagement programming kits, event kits, and book club and discussion guides.  Here!

Curious City honors World Refugee Day on June 20 with two of my favorite books to understand and welcome refugees, the YA novel in verse Something About America and the picture book, I’m New Here.

To celebrate National Library Week, you can play a scavenger hunt between chapters of Megan Frazer Blakemore’s Water Castle.

Do you want to celebrate National Cat Day?  Or International Tiger Day? You can with Raj the Bookstore Tiger.  Just like kids, the list shares both real-life struggles and delightful, giggling  whimsey.

Meet WOW! “World of Words”

World of Words”  says.

WOW! World of Words
Immigrant and Refugee Stories

“Literature expands children’s life spaces and takes them outside the boundaries of their lives to other places, times, and ways of living in order to participate in alternative ways of being in the world. Readers are invited to immerse themselves into story worlds to gain insights about how people live, feel, and think around the world in order to develop emotional connections and empathy as well as knowledge.”

Check these links out for worlds of books for kids and teens ~


WOW’s blog Currents, has many reading lists  of books featuring  global cultures, Native American stories, literature of war, international lit, and conversations about them all.

My Take/Your Take: Book Dialogues “Two readers with different connections and interpretations of the same text share unique views.”

WOW Review, Reading Across Culture

WOW Stories, Connections from the Classroom

There are so many resources on their site that I wanted to include each link for you to explore.

I’m joyful that WOW has included some of my books in their essays and book lists.

We Yearn: The Matchbox Diaries


matchboxdiariesI lead book club discussions with English language learners. Today I’m beginning to post images from books we read along with a taste of our discussions.

Italian emigrants, 1900,  say good-bye

to Grandmother who remains behind, and calling,

“You’ll eat the food there and forget your home.”*

It is not true, my students say.  They will not forget.

They say the grandmother is too old to  make the journey.

They say this has happened in their family, too.

And here they make the food.


* The Matchbox Diaries by Paul Fleischman, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick Press