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A Short History of the Girl Next Door

“Those Who Teach, Can” an essay by Jared Reck

I didn’t set out to be a writer.

When I first stepped into my middle-school classroom over twelve years ago, I had zero plans to write a novel—I never considered that I was even capable of writing one. I really just wanted to be a good teacher. And for me, that meant running a successful workshop—a classroom of creativity and laughter, one where students discover a love of writing and a love of books.

This is still my goal today.

I just didn’t realize, back then, how well it would work on me.

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The Dollmaker of Krakow Poster and Educators’ Guide!

For readers of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Number the Stars comes a lyrical and moving novel that presents the atrocities of WWII from the perspective of a unique doll who enters the human world.

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The Pink Hat By Andrew Joyner

Celebrate the 2017 Women’s March with this charming and empowering picture book about a pink hat and the budding feminist who finds it. 

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New York Times bestselling author Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, novelist and essayist living in Chicago. Erika was a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellowship recipient, and Bread Loaf Scholar. Most recently, she was a columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas, and has written for Salon, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, The Guardian and BuzzFeed. As a daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Erika has always been determined to defy borders of any kind. Find her on the web at and on Twitter @ErikaLSanchez.