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April/May 2021

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Got something for these pages? Send details to with "Lit From Within" in the subject line. We lean toward new(ish) work that can be used in the classroom. Child-Friendly Look at COVID-19 United Teachers Los Angeles member and 30-year teacher Rogelio López has just pub- lished The Coronavirus Revealed, geared for children ages 3-4 and up. The book describes in rhyme the onset and fallout of the virus in a way children will easily understand, and o™ers a bright future. López, an educator at Noble Ave- nue Elementary, wrote and illustrated both the Spanish and English versions. On Amazon. Gentrification of Sports To basketball fans everywhere, the 1990s were a glorious time for the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. Sean Dinces, Long Beach City College Faculty Association, wrote a book a few years ago that uses the building of the United Center, the Bulls' home arena, as an example of urban development that exacerbates American cities' economic inequality. Bulls Markets: Chicago's Basketball Business and the New Inequality is an illuminating text for older students. It shows how promises of private funding and neighborhood revitalization did not come through. Instead, the arena was funded by property tax breaks that average Chicagoans knew nothing about. Winners: the moneyed elite and connected politicians; losers: poorer citizens and sports fans. On Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the University of Chicago Press Books. Recycling Lizard CTA/NEA-Retired member Gail Saito (pen name Gail Lee) taught ele- mentary and middle school for more than 30 years in the San Diego area. Her passion to protect the environment led her to write Lizzabelle and the Plastic Bottle for children ages 4-8. The story follows Evan as he cleans out the family van, discovers a plastic bottle, and learns about recycling from Lizzabelle, the lizard. At the end are sections on facts about plastic and what you can do to help. On Amazon. Continued from Page 60 59 A P R I L / M AY 2 0 21 From Within C

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