This month's topics:

  • Kidlit Rally for Black Lives

    This was wonderful!! So many eloquent speakers with important messages for kids, parents, educators, everyone!!

    Luckily, you can watch the video here. 

          Sesame Street - Standing up to Racism

    The show was to talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.

    The 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" recording can be found by clicking the above picture.

    You can watch the recording of this webinar from EmbraceRace.org, I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence"

     EmbraceRace

    Not My Idea     

    Through June 19 this website  (https://www.dottirpress.com/not-my-idea )

    is offering a free PDF download of

    Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness.

"From My Window" a United Nations Ebook about staying home during Covid

If you are having trouble viewing the document, you may download the document.

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    Left arrow   Check out the e-books and fun extension activities on the sidebar to the left.

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WOW! Don't Miss:

  • Liberty Science center

  • You could be the illustrator of the next J.K.Rowling book!

    J.K. Rowling has a NEW story, The Ickabog

    and she is letting everyone read it online, for free! 

    The Ickabog   

    You can read the chapters as they are put online, AND you can enter the contest,

    "You can enter the official competition being run by my publishers, for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later this year.... Your artwork must be entered by a parent or guardian, via the publisher’s own competition website in your country (link on this page) – the publishers are going to be judging all the competition entries."

    Read the Story       Illustration competition

  •  And Don't Forget you can

    Watch Harry Potter himself (sort of) reading aloud the first chapter of the first book, and check back because other celebrities will be continuing with the rest of the book!!

     Boy who Read

    AND,

     You can also watch and listen as some very famous actors read

     James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

    I hope you have as much fun listening to the book as they do reading it!

    James and the Giant Peach

    Plus:

    The Obama's continuing their tradition of reading aloud to children

     Obama's Read The Word Collector    Obama's read on PBSKids

    Also, don't miss Michelle Obama reading aloud some of her favorite children's books!

    Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama!

    To listen to past videos of the Obama's reading aloud to children, click here.

     

    Anouncement

    INTRODUCING SORA!

    SORA allows you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and more from many Public Libraries in the area, whether you have a library card or not!

    BUT FIRST

    The FIRST TIME you use Sora, in order to have access to ALL the wonderful ebooks & audio books that are available, You MUST follow the step-by-step directions from the video to:

    • Connect yourself to West Orange Town School District and then login as a West Orange student using your school email & password
    •  and then, to connect to the WO Public Library
    • and then, to connect to our multi-library group, Bergen County Cooperative Library System

    Don’t worry, the next time you log in, it will know you belong to all those groups.

    WO intro to SORA  

  • Our fantastic, FREE online Resources!

    User names & Passwords, if needed, for:
    (Log into your @westorangeschools.org 
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    SORA    SORA allows you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and more from many Public Libraries in the area, whether you have a library card or not! Make sure you follow the instructions in the video when you log on for the FIRST time.
     
     mackin   MackinVIA is Not JUST ebooks! Until Sept 30th, Mackin is offering free access to not only almost 5000 elementary level Ebooks but also several very helpful databases including:
    • DOGONews with kid-friendly news articles on current events 
    • Abdo Zoom's Animals, STEAM, & Biographies databases  
    • DKFindout! DK’s clear, reliable, and highly visual content covers all curriculum subjects
    • CountryReports which provides online content, maps, facts, and articles on the cultures and countries of the world
    • Lightbox K-2 and 3-5,  EyeDiscover K-2, and World Language K-2 interactive eBooks which are an exciting fusion of print, video, and audio.
      Kids Infobits  Kid's Infobits - Great for research! A child-friendly database which searches across full-text, age-appropriate Ebooks and magazine articles covering history, current events, sports, government, and people. If prompted for a Password - use the word: open  
     
     
       BrainPop & BrainPopJR  Fantastic Educational Videos, resources, games, & more  Use our user name & Password from our online resources list.
     
    PebbleGo PebbleGo - perfect for K-3 w/ articles on a variety of subjects. Use our user name & Password from our online resources list.
     
    PebbleGo Next  PebbleGo Next The next step for research after PebbleGo for 3rd-5th graders. Through the rest of the year they are providing ALL research modules, just use this user name & password, not our normal one.Username: engaged and Password: learning
     
    World Book Encyclopedias  World Book Encyclopedias  World Book Spanish  WB PRE-K - K  Interactive Encyclopedias for Pre-K -- 8 and EBOOKS. 
     
      CultureGrams  CultureGrams  Information on more than 200 countries and each U.S. State. 
     
    PebbleGo Next  PebbleGoNext: information about Native American Indian groups & all states for 3rd-5th graders 
     
    Ebsco Magazines & Novelist K-8  EBSCO   includes Novelist K-8 and Ebooks as well as magazine articles.