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'Stand on the Sky' book cover.

Originally published in the March 2021 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Stand on the Sky

This is a story of how a young girl smashes cultural and gender norms to become an eagle hunter. In the process, she finds herself, saves her family and teaches her spirit to fly. Aisulu, a Kazakh girl, lives a nomadic life with her parents and brother. When she finds an orphaned eaglet, she decides to raise and train it, a privilege that's traditionally reserved only for Kazakh boys and men.

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'The Life of Anne Frank' book cover.

Originally published in the March 2021 issue of Professionally Speaking.

The Life of Anne Frank

The Life of Anne Frank is described by its publisher, Firefly Books, as being "a compelling visual account of how a Jewish family tried to escape Nazism." It is that, and more; it is an important historical work that everyone from age nine and up should read.

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'Little Readers, Big Thinkers' book cover.

Originally published in the March 2021 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Little Readers, Big Thinkers (ebook)

A conversational tone and practical approach makes Stewart's book an accessible guide for primary teachers seeking to dive deeper into the minds of their young readers. Similar to a casual conversation in a teachers' break room, the book gradually unfolds and explores the author's classroom strategies.

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'From Curiosity to Deep Learning' book cover.

Originally published in the March 2021 issue of Professionally Speaking.

From Curiosity to Deep Learning (ebook)

As a rotary teacher for visual arts and kindergarten prep, my world is all about inquiry and wonder. I was drawn to this book because I wanted more digital tools available to me in my lesson plans and programming.

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'Start with Joy' book cover.

Originally published in the March 2021 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Start with Joy (ebook)

Happier people are more resilient, have stronger relationships and express greater confidence and creativity. It's likely something we always knew, but now research in the science of happiness proves it. Building on that research and her own experience as a teacher, literary specialist, consultant and teacher educator, Katie Egan Cunningham focuses on joy as a catalyst for learning. As the title suggests, by intentionally designing literacy learning that stirs joy, we naturally create experiences for our students that are engaging, purposeful, meaningful and memorable.

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