California Educator

October/November 2021

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For our full social media directory, see #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA @WeAreCTA @WeAreCTA WeAreCTA Well Read NEA's Read Across America site ( is a trove of recommended books, authors and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion for students at all levels. You can follow its monthly calendar of recommended reads or simply browse through the many offerings. Among them: We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman. In this novel written in free verse, half-Filipino, half-white Stella and her younger sister Luna get a bedtime story of a Tagalog myth and their mother Elsie's immigration to the United States from the Philippines. Middle grade level. How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi. A tale of coming out/coming of age/ coming home. Faced with a failed relationship, bullies, and being outed as gay to his conservative Muslim parents, 18-year-old Iranian American Amir Azadi blows off his high school graduation and runs away to Rome. Young adult level. Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long. In this lyrical picture book by the famed inauguration poet, a young Black girl leads others on a musical journey, and they learn that they have the power to change the world, their communities and themselves. Elementary grade level. Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States by Sabrina Vourvoulias, illustrated by Gloria Félix. An anthology of brief biographies of notable Latino women and men who have made their mark in entertainment, sports, education, politics, advocacy, music, science and social justice. Middle grade level; also available in Spanish. 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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