A few weeks ago my younger daughter was thrilled to meet US Figure Skating National Men’s Champ (and, it seems, all-round nice guy) Nathan Chen. He’d just dominated the national competition and was graciously autographing items, posing for photos, and taking time with the fans. I was impressed, and my junior skater was thrilled!
Which famous people have you met? Submit a comment to this blog by Thursday, February 20. One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win a timely collection of books that celebrate famous Black Americans, including
- The Unstoppable Garrett Morgan (Lee and Low)
- Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons (Capstone)
- The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery (Capstone)
Here are some other great items for you, too. Tell your colleagues about them and soon you’ll be so famous that people will be asking for your autograph….
February 11 is Safer Internet Day, a global campaign to create a better and safer Internet for everyone—especially younger users. The theme is “Together for a Better Internet.” Visit saferinternetday.us to find free resources.
The National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading Prize rewards individuals and nonprofits that have developed projects to create and sustain a lifelong love of reading. Prizes range from $1,500–$10,000. Get the details at nationalbook.org/programs/the-innovations-in-reading-prize. The application deadline is February 13.
Check out the latest episodes of Science How from the National Museum of Natural HIstory at the Smithsonian. Designed for grades 3–8, the episodes feature Smithsonian scientists and experts answering questions about coral reefs, fossils, and much more. Tomorrow there’s an episode scheduled on How Birds Stay Warm. Check it out at naturalhistory.si.edu.
I’ve been lucky enough to have met quite a few authors. But in the category of “regular celebrities,” my biggest celebrity encounter was seeing Norm from Cheers crossing the street in Pittsburgh. At least I think it was him!
PS: We have a new sweepstakes for early childhood teachers! Check out the fun, educational activities and prizes at TheMailbox.com/PeppaPig.