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Published: Sep 1, 2016

"Literacy is…the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

- Kofi Annan

Books are powerful tools. They can provide us with comfort and reassurance or be unsettling and spur us to action. They can make us cry tears of laughter or weep with despair and sorrow. In our classrooms, setting aside time to read together provides an important opportunity for children to create significant connections and have meaningful conversations with those around them.

Since 1965, September 8 has been designated International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The ability to read and write can make a profound difference on the quality of life for children and their families. International Literacy Day offers an opportunity for schools and communities to raise awareness and promote the importance of literacy and education for all people around the world.

The resources featured this month make use of exemplary children’s literature to help both young and older readers learn to read critically and to thoughtfully consider ethical matters. Each resource listed below features specific tools supporting literacy development and encourages the deliberation of ethical considerations.

Free resources

Thoughtful Books: Feathers and Fools by Mem Fox [PDF]

Grade range: Primary

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Thoughtful Books: The Three Questions by John Muth [PDF]

Grade range: Intermediate/Middle

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Thoughtful Books: All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury [PDF]

Grade range: Middle | Senior

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