CLiF would like to introduce (or re-introduce) you to Ann Braden of Brattleboro, Vermont. Ann writes middle grade novels about kids standing up for themselves when life gets hard. Her characters discover how to channel their emotions and inner strengths to overcome obstacles and identify allies.

We’re thrilled to have Ann leading session two of CLiF’s Community Literacy Conference on Wednesday, March 23. She will talk about her books, ways to use them in the classroom, her experience with sharing personal stories, and how to channel the dialogue into action. The themes of “The Power of Story” and “Finding Your Voice” apply to all ages.

Things to think about:

  • What brings you hope?
  • Have you had an adult who helped steer you in the right direction? Ann is involved in #KidsNeedMentors.
  • Have you experienced the benefits of a small act of kindness?
  • Everyone has a super power – what is yours?
  • How do you deal with strong emotions?

Here are a few ways to get to know Ann’s work better:

CLiF has created literacy activities for students of all ages here. Here are some that would go nicely with Ann’s work:

For younger kids:

For older kids:

  • Coming Attractions – how would you promote Ann’s books?
  • Extra, Extra – Ann’s books include many topics still in the news. Put together some related articles from your local area and nationally.

For families:

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