Who’s Missing From Mainstream Media? (lesson plans)
by Marsha Rakestraw A few years ago at our graduate student residency, one of the students led an activity in…
Beautiful
Books
by Stacy McAnulty Running Press, 2016 Grades PreK-1 Girls of many skin tones and interests embrace their beautiful selves and…
Nurture Kindness and Acceptance in Students With “Wonder”
by Marsha Rakestraw (with contributions from Lauren Allison) It’s clear that in today’s world we need kindness more than ever.…
Piecing Me Together
Books
by Renee Watson Scholastic, 2017 261 pgs Grades 7-12 Jade is a junior at St. Francis High School, a…
#FridayFeature: 5 Children’s Picture Books Celebrating Identity
by Marsha Rakestraw Even we adults struggle with our identity, so imagine how challenging it is for children, in a…
Mixed Me!
Books
by Taye Diggs Feiwel and Friends, 2015. Grades K-3 Mike is a perfect blend of his two parents. Mike…
What a Humane World Looks Like: Not “Staying Busy”
by Marsha Rakestraw Several years ago I saw a commercial, the gist of which was that if we don’t add…
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Books
by Sherman Alexie Little, Brown & Co, 2007. 230 pgs Grades 8 and up Arnold Spirit, Jr., is a 14-year-old…
5 Must-See Films About Masculinity
by Marsha Rakestraw “Strength is about adapting to change, not about retreating from it and lashing back with violence out…
Thunder Boy Jr.
Books
by Sherman Alexie Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. Grades K-2 Thunder Boy Smith, Jr., loves his dad, but…
The Family Book
Books
by Todd Parr Little, Brown & Co., 2003. Grades PreK-2 The Family Book is a simple picture book with colorful…
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Books
by Joseph Marshall III Amulet Books, 2015 147 pgs Grades 4-8 Jimmy McLean is a member of the Lakota, but…