Featured new children’s books for the month of December.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

This promise of change: one girl’s story in the fight for school equality
Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
F444.C68 B69 2019

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen-year-old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the colour barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first, things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann–clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students–found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen? This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process.
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Hidden figures: the true story of four Black women and the space race
Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling; illustrated by Laura Freeman
QA27.5 .S548 2018

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918- ), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942- ).
Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were all good at math. Really good. And it was their understanding of numbers that helped them do what seemed impossible. They were women, and they were African-American, and they lived during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were hardworking and persistent and, most important, smart. And that’s why NASA hired them to do the math that would one day send the United States into space for the very first time. New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring to life the inspiring story of the struggles of these four “hidden figures” and what they overcame to succeed. The math work they did would change not only their own lives, but the face of air and space travel forever.

On the playground: our first talk about prejudice
Dr. Jillian Roberts; illustrations by Jane Heinrichs
HM1091 .R63 2019

On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice focuses on introducing children to the complex topic of prejudice. Crafted around a narrative between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book will help children shape their understanding of diversity so they are better prepared to understand, and question, prejudice witnessed around them in their day-to-day lives and in the media. Dr. Jillian Roberts discusses types of discrimination children notice, what prejudice means, why it’s not okay, how to stand up against it and how kids can spread a message of inclusion and acceptance in the world around them.

Featured new resources for the month of December.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

200+ original and adapted story program activities
Rob Reid
Z718.3 .R435 2018

From master storyteller and storytimes creator Reid comes this delightful assortment of activities ready for use by children’s librarians, elementary-level media specialists, and early childhood instructors. Reid’s bountiful compendium of his “greatest hits” includes original and adapted fingerplays, poems, activities involving movement and music, participation stories, felt stories, imagination exercises, spoonerism stories, and library raps. With ideas that are perfect for mixing and matching according to audience, setting, and program length, this book:

  • offers activities suitable for a variety of ages, from children as young as preschool age through middle school students;
  • begins with “Hello Activities” and ends with “Goodbye Activities”;
  • includes categories such as “The Animal World,” “My World,” “More Fun,” and “The Literary World”; and
  • recommends picture books published between 2012 and 2017 to share with children immediately before or after presenting the activity.

Drawn from thousands of hours of programming, these time-tested activities will engage young ones as well as their parents and caregivers.

Teaching for mastery
Mark McCourt
LB1025.3 .M347 2019

There are many models of schooling; some work, some don’t. Mastery is an entire model of schooling with over 100 years of provenance, its impact has been researched for decades, with many of the world’s greatest education minds testing and refining the approach. It’s one of the models of schooling that actually works. In this book, Mark McCourt examines the history of a teaching for mastery approach, from its early beginnings to the modern day when cognitive scientists have been able to bring further evidence to the debate, demonstrating why a model that was first proposed in the 1910s has the incredible impact on both pupil attainment and attitudes to learning that it has had all around the world over many decades. Drawing on examples from cross disciplines, the story of mastery is one that all educators can engage with. Mark also draws on his own subject, mathematics, to further exemplify the approach and to give practical examples of pedagogies and didactics that teachers can deploy immediately in their own classroom.
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Literacy for the 21st century: a balanced approach
Tompkins, Smith, Campbell, Green
LB1576 .T657 2019

The purpose of this product is to support PST develop knowledge, understanding and skill in teaching literacy to children from the Foundation Year to Year 6. To assist in achieving these goals, the product outlines from the beginning that successful teaching involves knowing the students, the content and associated curriculum requirements, and understanding how to apply this knowledge in explicit and skilled ways to meet individual students’ literacy learning needs. The product emphasizes that effective teachers continually engage in reflective practice to gauge if and how each student’s learning goals are achieved. It challenges the PST to consider ways of knowing, learning and teaching, providing opportunities to consider ways of using digital platforms to develop children’s reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills. Developed for preservice teachers, practising teachers and those interested in English literacy teaching and learning, this product includes a range of vignettes drawn from classroom and university practice across Australia, examples that stand to authenticate the learning. Additionally, this product Has respected and updated/current content, mapped to industry standards delivered in a range of customizable formats and affordable price points. Can be delivered via Revel, offering an interactive learning experience available on all devices Is part of a connected collection in the Education portfolio offering a suite of resources across an Education degree in a consistent format and style. Respected authors in the field Used across all levels of Bachelor and Masters Education courses.

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