Little Fish learns to jump over the rocks so she can follow Old One, who has come to lead the rainbow trout to warmer waters before the river freezes.
Thirteen-year-old Louis and his family escape from the political unrest in Haiti in 1991, but after they are rescued at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard, they are taken to a refugee camp in Cuba, where they must wait before joining relatives in Miami.
Gina Mendoza is not happy about having to cancel her weekend plans when Ricky Vargas, the son of her mother's old friend Lupe, comes for a visit, especially when she finds out that Ricky is blind.
A young Cuban boy and his family leave Cuba secretly after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and use the family fishing boat to make their way to a new life in Florida.
Readers experience some of the rich culture of ancient Egypt from the pyramids to King Tut to Cleopatra. Describes what ancient Egypt was like and several legends that have been passed down over time.
Cammy's dad retells the story of his experiences in the Vietnam War and the fate of a baby girl he found alive under a mat in a ransacked village.
When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa, is as true today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. Its essence is simplicity—when the large fight, it is the small who suffer most. And when it comes to war, the smallest, the most vulnerable, are the children. When Elephants Fight presents the stories of five children—Annu, Jimmy, Nadja, Farooq and Toma—from five very different and distinct conflicts—Sri Lanka, Uganda, Sarajevo, Afghanistan and the Sudan. Along with these very personal accounts, the book also offers brief analyses of the history and geopolitical issues that are the canvas on which these conflicts are cast. When Elephants Fight is about increasing awareness. For the future to be better than the past, better than the present, we must help equip our children with an awareness and understanding of the world around them and their ability to bring about change. Gandhi stated, "If you are going to change the world, start with the children."
Get to know two pen pals who live in different parts of the world. It is fun for them to write back and forth. They do different things at different times of the day and year. They tell each other about the events and traditions that take place during each month of the year. Do you know anyone who lives far away? What do you think they are doing right now?
Access to digital tools has made it easier than ever for individuals to be creative with media. This important book gives advice on choosing the appropriate platforms and tools to achieve your creative goal, how to use feedback to improve and grow as a digital creator, and how to make sure you get credit for your work, as well as give credit to others where it is due. Inspiring examples show creative young people contributing to the digital world in a positive way, not just taking from it.
Do you see people who look and talk like you in media? Are the people who have the most influence on you your age, gender, ethnicity, or even body type? How do we understand ourselves if we don’t see ourselves represented in the world? Representation in Media takes a careful look at how point of view is crafted to represent the views and ideologies of just a portion of the population, and why lack of diversity in media should matter to us all.
This informative title emphasizes the benefits of collaboration to learning, using digital technologies. Connecting with others of different backgrounds, culture, or expertise allows readers to share their knowledge and perspective, broaden their understanding, and find the best solutions possible. Readers will learn how to be positive contributors working as part of a team toward a common goal. Inspiring, mini-bios highlight young people collaborating to create positive social change.
The important travels and writings of English explorer Mary Kingsley helped develop the British public's knowledge about the African continent. Her concern for indigenous people influenced a change in British practices in Africa. From her travels by boat to her studies of West African tribes and work as a nurse, this book describes her inspiring life using engaging fact boxes and historical information presented in tabloid-style.
This comprehensive title is a thought-provoking examination of how early gold rushes shaped settlement and industry in North America. Using material from the 1848 California Gold Rush, the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, and other rushes in Georgia, Montana, and British Columbia, primary and secondary sources about these rushes are examined with respect to race and ethnicity, the displacement of Indigenous peoples, and different perspectives on law and order in the emerging West. Readers will be encouraged to think critically about labor and environmental practices, and the relationships between settlers and Indigenous people both in the past and today.
From the Compton’s Cafeteria and Stonewall riots in the 1960s, to the decriminalization of homosexuality, and marriage rights, this thoughtful title examines the continuing fight for LGBTQ human and legal rights. Using fascinating primary and secondary source material, readers will gain insight into this evolving rights movement and be encouraged to think critically about the concepts of rights and freedoms in democratic societies. The effects of harmful stereotypes with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity are also discussed.
Inspiring people for decades, Buffy Saint-Marie is a singer-songwriter, visual artist, activist, educator, public speaker, and philanthropist. Beginning life as an orphan on a reserve in Saskatchewan, Sainte-Marie grew to become an international icon. This award-winning songwriter has experienced censorship at times because of her vocal activism against war and on behalf of native peoples. She continues to create music and art, speak out, and support life-long learning through educational and scholarship programs.
A groundbreaking advocate for transgender youth and LGBTQ rights, Jazz Jennings is one of the first youth to speak publicly about her experiences as a transgender individual. A spokesperson, writer, and public figure, Jazz inspires all people to embrace themselves and be accepting of all people. Overcoming incredible struggles as a young transgender person, Jazz now uses her platform to make a difference in the LGBTQ community. A vocal advocate for equal rights, she co-founded the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation—all before the age of 15.
Family is made up of the people we care about. Young readers will learn that a family is made up of the people we are related to, as well as other people we care about and people who serve as our role models.
Values are the things we feel are important, such as the freedom to express our beliefs, or religion. No matter which religion people do or don't practice, our values teach us to respect each other's right to practice their religion. Young readers will learn that sharing values like this one helps us live and work together in a community.
A person can be part of one or many different communities, or even one big world community. This books explains to young readers that being part of a community allows us to make friendships and work together to solve problems at home, at school, and in our cultures.
Equality is having the same rights, opportunities, and status as everyone else. Diversity is about recognizing the importance of different cultures in society, while still protecting their equality. This timely book discusses why the acceptance of diversity is important in society to prevent discrimination based on race, religion, and sex. Case studies of real-world events help readers understand the consequences of inequality.
As people, we are all born with certain rights, called human rights, that are not given to us by laws. This book explains that no matter where we live in the world or under what government, our human rights protect our claim to live with freedom, equality, justice, and peace. Case studies discuss what happens when human rights are blocked and our liberty—the right to live the way we want to—is taken away. An activity encourages further discussion.
Travel and transportation can be different in cities, suburbs, and small towns. This book encourages children to look at their communities and identify the types of transportation used to move people and goods. They will then compare and contrast how people and goods are moved in different kinds of communities, based on their locations.
A belief is something that we accept as being true or something that we can trust. Children will learn about the different beliefs held by people around the world with respect to religion, culture, and family. They will also learn how to respect and value others’ beliefs.
Fatuma does not remember a time when there was no fighting in her homeland of Somalia. With violence all around them and a lack of food and water, Fatuma and her family are forced to escape to the world’s largest refugee camp, in Kenya. Life in the camp is hard, and Fatuma hopes to one day feel safe. Interspersed with facts about Somalia and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the decades of conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
Ataui and her family live in South Sudan. They have never known what safety feels like. When she and two siblings leave their home, they don’t know that they will never return. After spending many years in a refugee camp, Ataui arrives as a refugee in Canada, where she faces new challenges. Interspersed with facts about South Sudan and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.