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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Patricia McCormick
    While all YA authors focus in some way on the process of young people coming of age, very few do so with the depth and versatility you will find in the novels of Patricia McCormick. Tune in to hear the story behind her latest novel, Never Fall Down, the harrowing and heartbreaking account of Khmer Rouge survivor Arn Chorn-Pond.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    A Trip to the Museum: From Picture to Story
    Visit a museum or art gallery (either online or in person) with children and teens, helping them find inspiration for a story based on a piece of art that they particularly enjoy or relate to.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Beguiling Billboards: Finding Inspiration along the Road
    For this activity, teens study “Pass It On” billboards created by The Foundation for a Better Life either online or on-the-go, and create an original billboard and inspirational phrase for a person of their choosing.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Design a Travel Brochure
    Invite children and teens to create a travel brochure to share information about a special place with others.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Exploring History
    Hear about an amazing range of books that explore history, including works of fiction as well as non-fiction, biographies, graphic novels, verse novels, and investigative journalism.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Start a Writer’s Notebook
    Writer’s notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    International Books for Teens
    In this episode, you’ll hear about books in a range of genres that give teens insight into the social and political conditions young people face around the globe. Together they offer a sustained look at war, poverty, and the struggle for human rights, but they also speak volumes about ordinary people and their capacity for hope and resilience.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Make a Children’s Book about the Weather
    Kids learn about weather sayings throughout history while writing and illustrating a book for younger children.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Life Stories
    Life stories are books that trace defining moments and turning points in people’s lives. By exploring how individuals overcome obstacles and discover their passions – or fall prey to mistakes and inner demons – life stories illustrate how human beings navigate the complexities of living. Tune in to hear about a variety of life stories – some that celebrate lives of success, others that mourn lives tragically lost or wasted.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    New and Noteworthy Nonfiction
    Tune in to hear about newly-published biographies, memoirs, and essay collections as well as titles that explore history, science, and social issues.

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