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Justice Is. . . Educators’ Guide

In clear and simple language, Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, explains what justice is and what it takes to achieve it for even the youngest readers. Drawing on examples of historic justice seekers, this timely book is perfect for exploring the concept of justice. Use these discussion questions and activities to inspire young readers to fight for justice in their world and to remain hopeful.

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Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

A Perfect Read Aloud Pick for Braille Literacy Month

The inspiring story of a blind boy so determined to read he invented his own alphabet.

     Louis Braille lost his sight at age five, but he was a clever boy and determined to live as others did. What he wanted more than anything else was to read and write. He went to the Royal School for the Blind in Paris, but there were no books he could read. At age twelve, he learned of the military’s use of “night writing.” It was a crude system of fingertip-read messages that was so difficult the other boys in school gave up trying to master it. But Louis persevered. Over the next three years he worked tirelessly to refine and improve the system until he had developed his own alphabet–using just six dots. At age fifteen, Louis had invented a system for reading and writing that is still used by the blind community across the world today.

Jen Bryant tells Braille’s inspiring story with a lively and immediate text. She wanted young readers to know what it felt like to be Louis Braille, and her text is filled with the sounds, the smells, and the touch of his world. And Boris Kulikov’s clever and amazing paintings help readers to understand what Louis lost, and what he was determined to gain back through books.

Author Spotlight

Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer, and educator: executive director of Bowery Poetry Club, artistic director of Urban Word NYC, poetry coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, and Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, and Black Girl Magic. As the founder of the diverse lit initiative Woke Baby Book Fair, Browne is excited to release her newest poetry collection responding to the impact of mass incarceration on women and children: I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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