World Wide Web: Resources for Teaching The Queen of Water

As you’ve probably read, we’re highlighting The Queen of Water for our September book group meeting.  We’ll be posting our own review next week, and our Educator’s Guide is already available, but I thought I’d also share some other online reviews and resources that may be helpful as you consider using The Queen of Water in your classroom.


World Wide Web: The Pirate Tree

While doing research for our upcoming book groups and the “En la Clase” posts, I come across so many incredible online resources.  Often times one of the biggest struggles we can have as eductors is the time to find the really great resources that support the kind of education and knowledge we want to provide our students.  An important purpose of our blog is to do some of that work for teachers.  Each week we will be highlighting a really interesting, standout, or creative online resource here as a “World Wide Web” announcement.

Recently, I came across a blog called The Pirate Tree, and I knew that I had to share it here, in our first “World Wide Web” post.  Its focus is social justice and children’s literature.  It’s written by really great authors (some that we’ve even mentioned here on the blog!) with some very though provoking articles.   It seemed like the perfect thing to write about here on Vamos a Leer. Below I’ve shared how the authors describe the blog in their own words.

“The writers at The Pirate Tree seek to expose and discuss literature and writers for children and teenagers that delve into themes of social justice and social conscience. The title, “The Pirate Tree,” comes from a picture book that Lyn Miller-Lachmann once wrote about two children whose grandfathers fought on opposite sides of a war. The children were prohibited from going into each others’ yards, but they figured out a way to meet and play pirates together by climbing a tree with limbs and branches above both their yards. Like the story suggested, we are interested in books and writers that question and rebel against the status quo, argue for peace and reconciliation, take the side of the marginalized and powerless, and use creative solutions to overcome obstacles.”

I hope you spend some time looking through the wealth of topics they’ve written about.  They’ve discussed a number of books that relate to Latin America, and even have some interviews with authors featured on Vamos a Leer.