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Though I've had a growing booklist for Black History Month and have a few books about Martin Luther King, Jr. on that list, I had never made a list of books specifically about Martin Luther King, Jr. until a follower asked me for one. Fortunately for us all, many picture books have been written about Dr. King, but the flip side of that is that it can be hard to weed through them all and find the really engaging, interesting, and thoughtful Dr. King biographies for young children.
Fans of Frog and Toad, Elephant and Piggie, Leonardo and Sam, and so many more, rejoice! Elliott Kalan and Andrea Tsurumi (author/illustrator of one of my all-time favorites, Accident) have teamed up to bring us Sharko and Hippo… And I think you’re going to love them!
When we began talking about growth mindset as a family last year, we quickly realized we wanted a concrete way to bring the concept of growth and fixed mindsets to life for the girls. We decided that we'd each set a goal of something we wanted to learn in 2020 and check in with and encourage each other throughout the year as we worked towards those goals. That set-up brought us lots of success, so we decided to revisit it this year (albeit a little more loosely, dropping the "learn" and just making this a goal).
I need your help! If you follow my Instagram stories, you may have noticed that a few things changed for me this fall: first, I began work as a substitute teacher at our girls’ school, hoping to do my part to help make the year a *tiny* bit easier on the teachers and administrators and also help to keep school open for in-person learning a little longer, and then 2) that grew into a part-time job as a teacher’s aide at our wonderful school.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you might remember that last January, our family started a focused, intentional endeavor when we’d read about, talk about, and practice chosen traits that we wanted to foster and strengthen together. You might even remember how we started this Family Focus Trait practice in 2020… With growth mindset!
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