California Educator

February/March 2024

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Got something for Lit From Within — a video series, podcast, album or something else? Tell us at with "Lit From Within" in the subject line. We lean toward new(ish) work that can be used in the classroom. Check out past issues at Spread Love Not Hate Second grade teacher and Teachers of Encinitas member Danner Barrett-Jantzer has written "Spread Love Not Hate: Why We Do Not Say the 'N' Word." The story is based on a true event that occurred when two boys were overheard saying the N-word. Barrett-Jantzer, the only Black classroom teacher at her school, felt compelled to turn this negative experience into a teachable moment. She hopes the book helps fellow educators, parents and children in both primary and upper grades spark discussion and bring about understanding and compassion, while learning the history and meaning of the N-word and why we do not say it. Includes discussion questions for students and suggestions for teachers and school districts on how to address the issue. At Amazon and Barnes & Noble; also at at a 10% discount. Teaching Acceptance Redlands Teachers Association member Susan Cortz has written "Alpaca Poe," the first installment in the Adventures of Alpaca Poe series, a collection of tales that aims to foster kindness, character and individuality in young readers. The story revolves around a quirky young alpaca who is unexpectedly plucked from the safety of his farm and family and thrust into an unwelcoming herd. His kind heart, determination and mother 's wise words guide him on his journey to find happiness in a place where the herd first sees him as a strange — and inexplicably pleasant — outsider. The book can be used for SEL and teaching citizenship and acceptance to elementary students. At Amazon and other online retailers. Family Love We last mentioned Tuxedo Baby, the lonely penguin adopted by conure parrots, a year ago. Author and CTA/NEA Retired member Victoria Smith has since published two more books in the series: " Tuxedo Baby and His Annoying Cousins," who always make trouble, and "Priscilla and Tux: Brothers are Caring," about Tux as an adoring big brother. For grades K–3, all the books are about family love, trying your best, determination, trusting others and believing in yourself. Find them at Often educators' creativity spills over into a book, blog, app or other work. We're happy to showcase members' talents. Lit From Within 56 CTA & You

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