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A day with art and artists

I spent the morning with young artists whose work was featured in an opening at The Phillips Collection that featured young (and I mean young) artists; the oldest were in 5th grade, most were prekindergarten through 2nd.

It was amazing, energizing, exciting, and downright remarkable.

Listen to the wind! One person can change the world

Children often feel powerless. Can reading about one person's dedication to an idea turned into action empower young people?

I think the approach of Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Susan Roth (who also illustrated the book; published by Dial) does that and more.

Earth Day

Earth Day was celebrated again this week as it has been since 1970. There's a site hosted by the U.S. government with lots of information on it for parents, teachers, and children.

There's the history of Earth Day, information from various agencies ranging from the Energy Department ot the Environmental Protection Agency.

But the one thing that I could't find on it was a list of books — so here are a few books with a green theme that I like.

You'll love 'First Lines'

Behind the scenes here at Reading Rockets we're hard at work on a new Classroom Strategies section.

It's going to be a terrific addition to the resources we already offer. We're pulling together recommendations from our experts at LDOnline as well as from our children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, who writes our Page by Page blog.

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943