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Confronting Racism: A Tween/Teen Book List in Response to Recent Events

This list was created by some wonderful librarians from the Minuteman system and was This Book Is Anti-Racist - By Tiffany Jewell (Paperback) : Targetadapted by Sharon Youth Services to reflect OCLN collections. We’re sharing this list in light of the events surrounding the death of George Floyd. It is intended to help youth in grades 6-12 process the information and the protests. There are resources for all races and for those that wish to help. This is intended as an informational source; not all books have been read over by those who created it.


Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominees 2020-2021

Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Sheinkin
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot
The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
I Survived...the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
She Dared: Bethany Hamilton by Jenni L. Walsh
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Stargazing by Jen Wang
The Thrifty Guide to The American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Unbound by Ann E. Burg
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA by Brenda Woods
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure
among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University and coordinated by Dr. Cami Condie.

De-stress & Learn with Art

Daily Drawing Class with Wendy MacNaughton
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Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton has launched a daily drawing class on Instagram for “kids of all ages, parents of kids, parents of parents, aunties/uncles, friends and pets.” MacNaughton is offering the classes via Instagram Live, but it also will be on her Instagram story for 24 hours. Hashtag #drawtogether.

Drawing Activities from Jarrett Lerner Jarrett Lerner
Jarrett Lerner, author of Enginerds, provides blank comic book pages for young artists to print and use, "Finish this Comic!" drawing activities, and a variety of drawing/writing prompts. 

Coloring Pages from Liz Climo Image result for liz climo
Print and color pages featuring dozing sloths, joking elephants, bears rockin' fanny packs, sassy cats, and others.

Google Art Project Image result for google arts and culture
Virtually tour galleries, zoom in to examine art pieces, and browse by time period, artist, media - even color! Highlights include mini history lessons on fashion trends such as the bikini, tales and art of Kenyan superheros/mythological figures, and "Hyper History," in which viewers can "speed through stories of natural history" such as the story of the titanosaur. Explore from your couch!

Resources from Authors & Illustrators
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Draw Everyday with JJK!
Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the author of Hey, Kiddo, the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, Platypus Police Squad, and other titles. Check out his drawing videos on Youtube.

Image result for my weird school miss blake My Weird Read-A-Loud with Dan Gutman
The author of popular series such as My Weird School (a favorite among Sharon's  kids!), Dan Gutman offers live read-a-aloud sessions from his Facebook page.

Kids Ask AuthorsKids Ask Authors Podcast, Run by Grace Lin
According to author Grace Lin, kids can be a part of this podcast! Each 5-10 minute episode features Grace and a guest author answering a real reader's question. Kids can submit questions, book reviews, comments -even a joke or poem! 


Drawing With This Guy - James Burks Image result for bird and squirrel
Brief videos with the author teach kids how to draw characters from James Burks' popular graphic novel series Bird and Squirrel. A great, quick boredom buster.

Mini Writing Workshop: The Four Elements of Character Image result for chris tebbetts iddle school
Chris Tebbetts, co-author of Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life (written with James Patterson) offers a mini video writing workshop for ages 10+. This is an 8 minute video where you pause and write sometimes, bringing the full activity to about a half hour. Also check out Chris' other video about creating a great story beginning.

A list of authors/illustrators (with addresses) who will be accepting snail mail! Write a letter or send a picture to authors like Chris Grabenstein, Laura Shovan, and Anne Marie Pace.

Stimola Literary Studio
Stimola Live Literary Studio recently offered a variety of live stream events by a selection of professional authors and illustrators. The videos remain up. Examples of featured videos include "Art Starters from TinkerLab" and a "Getting Into Character" mini writing workshop. Ages for videos vary.

Authors Everywhere *Read*Draw*Create*Community*
Created by Susan Tan and fellow children's authors/illustrators, this channel features videos of "workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more." Participating authors include Grace Lin, Jarrett Lerner, and Supriya Kelkari. 


STEAM Challenges, Hands-on Activities & More

Coupon Follow - Free Resources for Home Learning!
This page is filled with a bunch of arts and crafts activities -  and it even has  a handful of virtual trips to art museums too! Recommended by young patrons Erin and Trey (thanks for the share, friends!).

America's Test Kitchen - For Kids! Image result for america's test kitchen kids
Kid and family-friendly recipes, quizzes, Q&A from professional chefs, and activities that reference art, science, and more. 

Do Try This At Home: Guinness World Records Farthest distance to blow a pea
Browse famous records, explore what world records you might be able to break your, get ideas for science experiments, and much more! 

Left Brain Craft Brain's Free Boredom Buster Resource 
Check out this website to download an awesome resource... 
Print directions and lessons for STEAM activities such as Binary Backpack Charm Making and Bridge Building with recyclables! Five themes in all: Explore, Build, Color, Code, and Create. 

Skype a Scientist Image result for skype a scientist
This initiative offers kids and families opportunities to interact with real working scientists around the world! Sign up through a provided form, get matched with a scientist, and enjoy an awesome Q&A-style chat. 

Smithsonian Science How Image result for smithsonian science now logo
Sign up to participate in a live webcast with a real-life Smithsonian scientist! While waiting for the next live webcast, explore the video webcast archives. You can also send questions in to the scientists. Best for science lovers in grades 3-8. 

Girl Scouts at Home
Access virtual badge activities, programs, and resources for girls and families. These are all Girl Scouts of the USA - Wikipediaavailable to the public—no Girl Scout membership necessary! 

Animal Webcams to Check Out
Peek into the Lives of Zoo & Aquarium Animals

San Diego Zoo 
Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Image result for polar bear clear backgroundSmithsonian's National Zoo 
Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam, Tucson, AZ
Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs, Rhenen, Netherlands 

 Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay, CA Image result for sea turtle clear background
Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

Not zoo/aquarium cams, but great for a smile: 

Dog Bless You Service Puppy Cam

Kitten Rescue Sanctuary

Award Lists & More


Caldecott Medal & Honor Books
Newbery Medal Winners
Notable Children's Books
Enc. Britannica Learning Zone
Kids InfoBits