For Educators

Black History/Women’s History

This famous photograph, taken by Art Kane in 1958, is called “A Great Day in Harlem.”  It shows many of the most famous jazz musicians of the day, including only three women.   One of these was the astonishingly talented Mary Lou Williams, whose life is recounted in The Little Piano Girl

Learn more in the Wall Street Journal article.

Art/Women’s History

Wayne Thiebaud, artist and teacher, made this video about Rosa Bonheur’s most famous painting.   Listen to what he has to say about this masterpiece, and then read about it in Rosa’s Animals.

“Meet the Masters” program offers a diverse and multi-cultural art curriculum built on a well-researched historical foundation.  See their Rosa Bonheur offering here.

Great books about gutsy women in history are found in this listing, which includes Rosa’s Animals.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Odette’s Secrets is a gentle introduction to a dark period.  

“This thoughtful, affecting piece makes an ideal Holocaust introduction for readers unready for death-camp scenes.”


Discussion and activity guide:  Teacher’s Guide PDF

Activities and resources, book talk prompts, and related reading: Odette’s Secrets


Readers Theater scripts available:  

Odette’s Secrets script

The Little Piano Girl script