June Book Group

Stories of Resilience and Hope in Japanese Children’s Literature

June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021 (Mondays) 7:00-8:30pm ET

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Join Connecticut educator Elaine Temel for Stories of Resilience and Hope in Japanese Children’s Literature. Read one book each week, respond asynchronously to weekly discussion prompts on Moodle, and participate in a webinar from 7-8:30pm each of the four Monday nights in June. Tentative plans are for three of the authors to join the webinars.

Complete all of the requirements to receive a certificate of completion for 10 contact hours. Books will be provided. For K-12 inservice educators. Maximum 20 participants.

  • The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden, by Heather Smith, 2019 Freeman Book Award winner, children’s literature
  • Beyond Me, by Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu 2020 Freeman Book Award honorable mention, young adult/middle school literature.
  • Bowl Full of Peace, by Caren Stelson 2020 Freeman Book Award honorable mention, children’s literature
  • Pop Flies, Robo-Pets and Other Disasters, by Suzanne Kamata (webinar confirmed)

Elaine Temel is an English Language Arts teacher and a champion for global literature. She shares her passion for learning with students offering multiple perspectives, and literature from around the globe. In addition to a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, she has studied literature and storytelling in Appalachia, Ireland, and England.  Elaine has also completed studies of Middle Eastern and East Asian literature as well as course work in Culturally Responsive Literature Instruction and Educating Global Citizens. When not working, you may find her at a literary festival, poetry reading, or among the stacks of a favorite indie bookshop.