story time: 20 Articles

They’re So Flamboyant

How do you welcome newcomers? How do you include others in your community? They're So Flamboyant by Michael Genhart, PhD explores inclusion, exclusion, and the stereotypes, fears, and assumptions that can lead to discrimination. Each band of birds—a gaggle of geese, a dole of doves, a charm of finches, a brood of chickens, a scream of swifts, and an unkindness of ravens—all have their feathers ruffled and express their apprehension when a “flamboyance” of flamingos moves into the neighborhood. Bright pink colors, long legs, how dare they! Even a watch of nightingales patrols after dark. When the band of jays decides it is time to settle down the neighborhood, the pride of peacocks takes the lead, with support from a waddle of penguins, a venue of vultures, a mob of emus, and a gulp of cormorants. Finally, they all land at the flamingos’ welcome party only to realize that they had all been birdbrained. Their new neighbors are actually quite charming, and not so scary and different after all. Read an excerpt from They're So Flamboyant.

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They’re So Flamboyant 2021-11-29T14:32:33-05:00

Jacob’s School Play: Starring He, She, and They

Jacob—star of one of the most banned books of the decade according to the American Library Association—is back in his third book and ready to put on a school play! While learning their lines and making their costumes, Jacob’s class finds itself unexpectedly struggling with identity, and what it means to be “he”, “she”, or “they”. Jacob’s School Play is an engaging way to introduce young readers to non-binary people and the pronoun options available to us all. Learning that individuals are more nuanced than how others see them is a developmentally important milestone and helps foster respect of one’s self and one’s peers. Read an interview with Jacob about his play and learning about pronouns. Hear Jacob's School Play read aloud.

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Jacob’s School Play: Starring He, She, and They 2021-10-05T15:39:41-04:00

How Can I Wait When There’s a Treat on My Plate?

Twins Dell and Pete are so much alike. They like the same games, they run the same pace, and they both love ice cream. But at home, they have a rule: only one sweet treat a day. When it comes to having a treat now or waiting for something better later, Dell and Pete are very different.  See how they face a series of humorous choices that test their ability to stay strong in the face of temptation. Hear author, Dan Graham, PhD, read How Can I Wait When There's a Treat on My Plate? aloud.

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How Can I Wait When There’s a Treat on My Plate? 2021-04-20T13:08:35-04:00