Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps has a master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University in Detroit and a second master's degree in English literature from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is the recently retired coordinator of the Educational Resources Lab in the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University and a former lecturer in children's literature for the reading department there. She is a member of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee and served two terms (2007-2008) on the awards jury. In addition, she was a reviewer for the journal Multicultural Review; a contributing reviewer for the fourth edition of The Coretta Scott King Awards book, edited by Henrietta M. Smith; a contributing author for the article (2008), "Weaving the Threads of Diversity: A School of Education's Reflection on Current Practices" in the journal Issues in Education: Preschool through Graduate School; and coauthor of the chapter, "Information and Instruction Services" in A Guide to the Management of Curriculum Materials Centers for the 21st Century: The Promise and the Challenge (2001), edited by Jo Ann Carr and prepared by the Ad Hoc Management of Curriculum Materials Committee, Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
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Spotlighting titles appropriate for grades K-12, this discussion guide builds on the rich legacy of the Coretta Scott King award-winning books to offer an important educational resource for teachers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers. This guide identifies within the plot, character, and themes of each book those values that relate to being an American citizen and to living in a democratic society, and then shows how to use the book as a springboard for discussion. Ideal for use in the classroom, the library, and the home, this guide
- Includes a foreword by Linda M. Pavonetti, EdD, Vice-President, International Board on Books for Young People
- Organizes titles by grade-specific chapters, making it easy to find suitable books
- Features bibliographic information and a brief summary of each book, along with suggested opening questions to get the discussion started, and "Beyond the Book" questions that encourage children to talk about their own experiences
- Suggests hundreds of books for further discussion
With the assistance of this practical resource, educators, librarians, and others who work with children can use Coretta Scott King award-winning books to foster discussions about what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society.
"Busy librarians, parents, and teachers will find this resource invaluable … Highly recommended for public, academic, and school libraries."
"The authors provide an extremely useful bibliography and book conversation guide which focuses on identified core democratic values, including liberty, diversity, equality, common good, justice, life, personal freedom, rule of law and pursuit of happiness … This text will appeal to anyone involved in creating lesson plans, including K-12 teachers, as well as to any educator or librarian charged with running a children's or a young adult book club. In the academic library arena, this book is most useful to curriculum resource collections and programs that prepare teacher candidates."
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"With this focused guide in hand, K-12 teachers and school media specialists will have ample inspiration for incorporating the best youth literature about African Americans into civics education."
"With many long overdue conversations about the necessity of incorporating diverse books into our collections, it is a joy to be reminded of the rich history of the Coretta Scott King Award winners ... This work will prove to be a valuable educational resource for educators and a useful tool in facilitating book discussion groups or read-aloud sessions. This guide is also an important reader's advisory source and collection development aid, as each title offers suggestions of similar books."
— School Library Journal