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Digital Citizenship & Literacy

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Common Sense Media-Parents' Ultimate Guide to Zoom

The following links have been provided to help parents/guardians support digital literacy/citizenship at home. 

In the upcoming school year, we will continue utilizing Common Sense's Digital Citizenship curriculum in the library as we focus on a monthly topic across all grades. If you have any questions or concerns about how to support your students to be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible when using digital tools and online resources, Common Sense has lots of well-researched information. I've included links to the "Parents' Ultimate Guides.." section as well as other helpful links from the parent homepage:

Parents' Ultimate Guide To...

Parents Need To Know

Parents Guide to Media for Kids (Age 5-7)

Parents Guide to Media for Kids (Age 8-9)

Parents Guide to Media for Kids (Age 10-12)

Mindfulness Activities

Mental health is crucial as we all navigate our way through this unprecedented time. Here are some links that will help bring moments of mindfulness and rejuvenation for everyone:

Live Cams:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

California Academy of Sciences

San Diego Zoo

Go Noodle Videos:

Cosmic Kids Yoga Videos:

...and much more!

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Summer Reading Recommendations with Epic! Books

 

K-2

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan

A Library for Juana by Pat Mora

The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez Neal (video read aloud)

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (video read aloud)

Just In Case You Want to Fly by Julie Folgano

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

Fiesta Fiasco & Mañana Iguanna by Ann Whitford Paul

P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet by Tony Johnston

Ugly Cat & Pablo series by Isabel Quintero

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Ada Twist, Scientist & Sofia Perez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty (video read aloud)

Counting Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician by Lesa Cline-Ransome (video read aloud)

Thank you, Omu! By Oge Mora

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell

Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (audio book)

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth (audio book)

Lon Po Po by Ed Young (audio book)

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim (video read aloud)

 

3-5

Yes! We Are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy

Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Simone Biles (Olympic gold medal gymnast) by James Buckley Jr.

Simone Manuel (Olympic gold medal swimmer) by Matt Scheff

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soakin Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

Urban Biologist Danielle Lee by Kari Cornell

Dyamonde Daniel series by Nikki Grimes

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi

Dictionary for A Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A-Z by Irene Latham

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea by Elizabeth Suneby

Dolores Huerta: Advocate for Women and Workers by Linda Barghoorn

 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Emma Kaiser

Life Skill Biographies: Ellen Ochoa by Annie Buckley

Lin-Manuel Miranda by Theresa Morlock

Tammy Duckworth by Kelsey Jopp

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami

Rebel Girls Explore: 20 Tales of Extraordinary Women & Rebel Girls Lead: 20 Tales of Extraordniary Women by Elena Favilli

Hiromi’s Hands by Lynne Barasch

Only One Year by Andrea Chang

Shohei Ohtani, Baseball Star by Todd Kortemeier

Galaxy Games: The Challengers by Greg R. Fishbone

Nintendo Video Game Designer Shigeru Miyamoto by Kari Cornell

Vera Wang: Fashion Designer by Kate Moening

Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li

Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change by Robin Stevenson

 

Bilingual/Spanish

All Grades

Culturas diferentes/Different Cultures by Rebecca Pettiford

Dreamers/Soñadores by Yuyi Morales

Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist/¡Esquivel! Un artista del sonido de la era especial by Susan Wood

Proud to be Latino!: Food/Comida by Ashley Marie Mireles

Gracias: Thanks by Pat Mora

3-5

Maximilian and the Lucha Libre Club by Xavier Garza

 

All Grades

A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson

Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers

All Around Us by Xelena Gonzalez

A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham

Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy (video read aloud)

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown (video read aloud)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Read Aloud

Harry Potter fans! The website Wizarding World has just announced a very special surprise: a chapter-by-chapter read-aloud of the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (in England the title is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone). You can watch/listen to the first chapter read by Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and all the other chapters as they're added.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

James & The Giant Peach Read Aloud

But wait...There's more read aloud goodness! You can join your favorite actors and actresses as they share a read aloud (and act out a little, too) of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. The first 2 of 10 videos episodes are up now, go to the Roald Dahl You Tube page for all the episodes as they are posted!

Roald Dahl YouTube Channel

Public Library News

 If you don't already have a CCCLib card, you can instantly access their e-book catalog-including read alouds and animated stories- with your mobile number online at:

 Contra Costa County Library

Quick Library Links

Below are links for students to access read alouds, e-books, research tools, literature activities, author/illustrator websites, and much more!

Support Our Local Book Stores During Closures

Libro.fm is a terrific resource for audio books for all ages that also supports local independent bookstores while you listen!  When you sign up, simply choose a local book store-such as Flashlight Books in Walnut Creek-and your chosen bookstore will receive a portion of the profit from your audio book purchase. For more information click below:

Libro.fm-How It Works

Local Bookstores