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Confessions of a Former Bully

by Trudy Ludwig

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources

Confessions of a Former Bully (grades 3-6) is a companion book to Ludwig’s My Secret Bully. In My Secret Bully, Katie is being mean to a friend in ways that aren’t always easily identified as… More

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My Secret Bully

by Trudy Ludwig

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Resources

Monica and Katie have known each other since kindergarten. They have a lot of the same interests, and Monica loves being with Katie … when she’s nice. Sometimes, Katie is just plain mean to Monica… More

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Just Kidding

by Trudy Ludwig

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Resources

Vince often picks on DJ and makes jokes at his expense. DJ feels embarrassed and sad and doesn’t understand why Vince is treating him this way. Vince always says he is joking — “Just kidding!”… More

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Being Brave Enough to Make a Difference for Animals (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Their suffering is my grief. Is my motivation.” In his TEDx talk, Damien Mander shares his transformation from a former special forces sniper to passionate conservationist. He says: “Back then, I’d no… More

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“The Wild Robot” Offers Compassion, Courage, and a New Kind of Family

Written by Lauren Allison | No Comments | Published on June 2, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison “The Wild Robot” (276 pgs, grades 3-6) by award-winning author, Peter Brown, is the story of a robot named Roz who, after a shipwreck, washes up on an island inhabited by animals…. More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Do Something Good That Scares You

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on May 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (Christopher Robin to Pooh) ~ A.A. Milne Last week I did… More

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Ruby on the Outside

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

Ruby Danes is about to start middle school with a secret: Ruby’s mother is in prison. Until now, Ruby has kept her secret close to her heart. No one knows about her struggle to understand… More

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Iqbal: A Novel

by Francesco D'Adamo

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 1, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Iqbal: A Novel” (120 pgs, gr. 4-7) is a fictionalized account of a real life hero, the courageous Pakistani boy Iqbal Masih, who fought for the freedom of child slave laborers. The story is told… More

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Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

by Laurie Ann Thompson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 15, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

Emmanuel was born happy and healthy … except he only had one strong leg. “Most people thought he was useless, or worse — a curse.” But his mother loved and believed in him and told… More

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Caminar

by Skila Brown

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 29, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Caminar” (193 pgs) is the story of a young boy named Carlos growing up in Chopán, Guatemala. The story begins in 1981, as the army and rebel forces are traveling through the area around Chopán…. More