Channeling Your Inner Canine

  For 43 third graders the summer reading program at Bellevue Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska is decidedly different. Different because in addition to reading they are being asked to explore the themes in the book through singing, dancing, drawing and...

Librarian in the Outfield: Part I

Do you remember the 1994 film “Angels in the Outfield  starring Christopher Lloyd as a wise (if occasionally bossy) angel?  Lloyd is out to save the lives of two young boys in need of a home and in the process the reputation of one very bad baseball team. Though...

Concentrated CritterKin

The students at Warren Elementary, home of the first CritterKin “Start with the Heart” project, were given an unusual task. They were asked to share what they learned from CritterKin by creating and customizing avatars of themselves. We had a grand time drawing noses...

Swapping Blogs 4 Dogs

Blog 4 Dogs is a simple idea – bring 2nd 3rd and 4th graders together to talk/ blog about stories and characters they love. The idea for this experiment in collaborative blogging started with an unnerving conversation with a teacher I like and respect very much....

Quilting for Kindness

    Today marks the start of a new Be Kind  Project called the  “CritterKin Kindness Quilt.”  A CritterKin Kindness Quilt is exactly what it sounds like – a physical quilt made of fabric – centered around the theme of kindness....