Pura Belpré Award

Year: 2016

Drum Dream Girl

Author: Margarita Engle Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Guiding Question:

Have you ever been told that you could not do something based on a factor such as your age? Did that stop you from doing what you wanted? What should you do when someone tries to stop you from doing something you dream of doing? 

 

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85)::

Honesty- In various cultures and across different time periods, gender discrimination was strong and everyone accepted it. How does this make you feel?

Empathy- Have you ever been told that you were not allowed to do something you felt strongly about based on a factor that you couldn't control, such as age or gender? 

Advocacy- How can you take a stand for someone being discriminated against or bullied? How can you support others in their dreams and desires? Everyone faces difficulties based on factors they cannot control. 

Action- Create a poster that shows how you can support others in their hopes and dreams.  

 

Book reivewed by McKenna Waldroup, Ohio Northern University teacher candidate.

Sociology Concepts:

Year: 2015

Viva Frieda

Author: Yuyi Morales Publisher: Roaring Books Press

Guiding Question:

Have you been in a scary situation because you were really sick? What did you do to feel better? 

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85)::

Honesty- Frida had a tragic life and spent a lot of time in a hospital as a child and young adult. What do people do if they can't afford to go to a doctor or use a hospital if they're sick or injured? 

Empahty- How do you think Frida felt when she was sick and hurt? Explain. How do you think she felt when she was able to continue her life in a full way? Explain. 

Advocacy- Find out about children in the U.S. and in other countries that need professional health care. How does treatment in different countries compare? Which countries give children the best chance at recovery and living a healthy life. You can use the link to help you get started in finding out about the cost of health care.

Action- As a class, find ways to support people who are recovering from an illness or injury. You can make care packages with letters or cards of encouragement, and add small tokens. How do organizations like the Red Cross help with wide-scale disasters that can include injuries and illnesses? Click on their name to find out more.  

Book reivewed by Madison Pauff, Ohio Northern University teacher candidate.

Sociology Concepts:

Year: 2014

Niño Wrestles the World

Author: Yuyi Morales Publisher: Square Fish

Guiding Question:

What do you think it would be like to come to a country where you knew almost no one, where the people spoke a different language than you, and very different customs? What are some reasons that you would consider leaving your country?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85)::

The questions and framework come not from the book, but from a video that is linked here in which author, Yuyi Morales is interviewed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We9hxsG807A

  • Honesty- What are your thoughts when you hear groups of people speaking a language other than English? Have you ever been prejudice against people who weren’t speaking English? If so, why do you think you thought that way?
  • Empathy- What people, places, and traditions would you miss most about leaving your home country?
  • Advocacy- Look for ways to stand up for people who are new to your community.
  • Action- Are there people for whom English is not their first language that you could help practice speaking English?
Sociology Concepts:

Connecting sociology concepts to this book seems to be too far from its intended use.

Year: 2013

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

Author: Gary D. Schmidt Publisher: Clarion Books

Guiding Question:

Some people who had a lot of money and powerful positions did not think Martin was important because he was poor. What do you think?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85)::

  • Honesty- Some people who had a lot of money and powerful positions did not think Martin was important because he was poor.
  • Empathy- How have you felt when you were left out by others? Describe how you think Martin felt when people always frowned at him and he hadn’t done anything wrong?
  • Advocacy- Look for others who are aren’t treated fairly by others.
  • Action- Stand up for people who are being put down by others.
Sociology Concepts:
  • Inequality
  • Social class
  • Status (servant boy vs. priest)

Year: 2012

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

Author: Duncan Tonatiuh Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Guiding Question:

When you tell a story, do you think about the other person’s view?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85)::

  • Honesty- Many people tell stories (or paint pictures that tell stories) from the view of powerful people. Diego Rivera painted many pictures of common people.
  • Empathy- Why is it important to tell stories from many people’s view points? Read Encounter by Jane Yolen (illustrated by David Shannon,1992) and compare the young boy who tells the story with other views of Christopher Columbus’s landing in the Americas.
  • Advocacy- Ask your teacher to help guide you to finding a view of a story that is rarely told.
  • Action- Create artwork or write a story that tells the often untold view.
Sociology Concepts:
  • Knowledge and Wisdom
  • Reflexivity
  • Ethnocentrism vs. cultural relativism

Year: 2011

Grandma’s Gift

Author: Eric Velasquez Publisher: Walker Childrens

Guiding Question:

Do you have a relationship with someone in which you both help each other? If you do, describe the ways you have helped each other.

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85)::

  • Honesty- Although the U.S. does not have an official language people many speak only English. Many Americans consider English our official language.
  • Empathy- Why do you think Eric’s grandma felt when she left the comfort of El Barrio and arrived at the museum and didn’t see anyone from Puerto Rico there, no one spoke Spanish, and everything was written in English?
  • Advocacy- Discover places where signs in more than one language would be helpful.
  • Action- Complete a project in which multi-language signs are created and displayed. You will probably need to do raising funding and get permission to complete this project.
Sociology Concepts:
  • Wisdom
  • Immigration
  • Ethnic enclaves (group of immigrants who live in the same location and preserve the language, norms, values and lifestyles of their homeland)
  • Stereotypes (immigrants as standoffish or not wanting to learn the culture)
  • Multiculturalism

Year: 2010

Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day

Author: Pat Mora Publisher: HarperCollins

Guiding Question:

How easy is it/would it be to learn a new language just to understand the teacher at your school?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85)::

  • Honesty- For some children the language their families speak is not the language used for learning in school.
  • Empathy- How does it feel to speak one language at home and a different language at school (if English is not your first language)? would it feel if the language you spoke at home were not the language used in school (if you only know one language)?
  • Advocacy- Think of things you can do to help students who don’t know English as well as you do.
  • Action- Decide how you can make your school a better place to learn for all children. Begin learning a new language.
Sociology Concepts:
  • Wisdom
  • Immigration
  • Ethnic enclaves (group of immigrants who live in the same location and preserve the language, norms, values and lifestyles of their homeland)
  • Stereotypes (immigrants as standoffish or not wanting to learn the culture)
  • Multiculturalism