California Educator

August/September 2021

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For our full social media directory, see #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA @WeAreCTA @WeAreCTA WeAreCTA Fall Into Books W H A T B E T T E R T I M E to jump into reading than now? CTA's California Reads provides annual lists of teacher- vetted books that will expand young minds and make students want more. Go to for the full lineup; among them: The Teachers March! How Selma's Teachers Changed History by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, illus- trated by Charly Palmer (grades 3-5). A timely and award-winning book, it tells the true story of Reverend F.D. Reese, a leader of the Voting Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama, and a teacher and principal. He organized a teachers-only march in January 1965 to demand their right to vote — a risky move by the teachers who left their classrooms to participate. Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison (grades 1-2), is a tie-in to the 2020 Oscar-winning animated short by Cherry of the same title. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. Be Who You Are, by Todd Parr (pre-K , kindergarten), reminds kids that their unique traits are what make them so special: "Be who you are! Be proud of where you're from. Be a different color. Speak your language. Wear everything you need to be you." The Beast Player, by Nahoko Uehashi and Cathy Hirano (grades 9-12), is a young adult fantasy about Elin, a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts, and the warring kingdom only she can save. In addition to saving herself, she must find a way to prevent her beloved beasts from being used as tools of war. 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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