Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Faculty Favorites at the Book Fair
September means beautiful weather, settling in to your school routine, and the Book Fair! The St. Paul’s community loves books, and this year’s sale features hot sellers like Bob Woodward’s Fear and pre-orders of Michelle Obama’s Becoming or the historical graphic novel, Lafayette, a biography that taps into continued Hamilton excitement on campus. Lower School Librarian Tracey Cosgrove encourages us to check out a couple of her favorite picture books this fall -- Julian is a Mermaid and The Rough Patch -- that complement our social-emotional curriculum at St. Paul’s. Educational Care Specialist Susan McGrath suggests that it’s a good idea to choose books at your child’s reading level -- especially for those who are experiencing challenge -- but it’s also important to let your child pick up a book that excites them.
The Book Fair doubles the libraries’ book budget and purchases for the classroom libraries grow each year. First grade teacher Andy Scroggins keeps a list going throughout the year with book ideas from students, blogs, bookstores, and childrens’ books feeds on Instagram: “Books can be connected to curriculum--academic or social-emotional--or connect to student interests, are diverse in nature, or just seem like good books.” Fourth grade teacher Julius Hampton “can see the joy on their faces when there is an accessible book that is engaging to them.” He starts his list with books recommended at the end of his prior year, and reads reviews to emphasize “the importance of having students exposed to rich and engaging literature in the classroom.” Seventh grade teacher Marianne Miller likes “to read aloud picture books that are well-researched and distill basic concepts for students, especially to combat misconceptions. The books can be related to topics that we’re studying in class or they can be good for a student’s independent research.”
Holding the Book Fair on campus makes it easy for families to participate, even if it’s to grab a taco and hang out on the playground for one of Oakland’s gorgeous September evenings. Join St. Paul’s and Books, Inc. independent booksellers in support of academic excellence and for the love of reading books.