California Educator

April/May 2021

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Reads I T ' S A P R I L , which means baseball. Catch the fever with Béisbol en Abril y Otros Cuentos ("Baseball in April and Other Stories") by Gary Soto (grades 6-8). The collection of short stories, available in English and Spanish editions, tells of the small events of daily life that reveal big themes of love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us. In Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell (grades 3-5), 10-year- old Regina Petit's family has always been Umpqua and lived on tribal land in Oregon. But in 1957 when the federal government enacts a law that says her tribe no longer exists, she becomes "Indian no more" overnight. Her family relocates to Los Angeles, where Regina is confronted with the viciousness of racism. A story of identity, community and family. These books are from California Reads, CTA's annual list of teacher-recommended books to help educators instill in students a love of reading. Find the full list at In Federico and All His Families by Mili Hernández and illustrated by Gómez (pre-K , kindergarten), Federico the cat makes daily visits to Tadeo and his grandparents, Anna and her two moms, Virginia with her mom and dad, Paula and her two dads… All are di™erent, all are loved by Federico — unconditionally. Spring Better Hearing & Speech Month M A Y I S Better Hearing & Speech Month. Classroom activities, handouts and posters are available at, including some that are free. Check out the event at, and while you're there, search for " Tips for Helping Students With Hearing Loss" for timely advice. 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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