The Little Boy Blue Schools Program (www.little-boy-blue-schools.info) provides teachers with free lesson plans that can be incorporated into English and Journalism classes. The program includes six English-course lesson plans that have been created with working faculty in multiple states to meet the nationwide Core Curriculum Standards. In addition, there are five Journalism lesson plans for teachers working beyond those standards.
“We recently did our first full-morning program at Owen J. Roberts High School in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania,” says Little Boy Blue author Kim Kavin. “Blue and I were there for three back-to-back assemblies as well as a smaller meeting with select students in the library. The feedback from students, teachers, and administrators was tremendous. The students were extremely engaged in a powerful story about a dog who is alive and well, and several even asked if they could write term papers about the book. That made us realize that Little Boy Blue offers high school teachers a great way to get students excited about reading, as well as a way to help them learn more about dog rescue in America today.”
There is no cost to teachers who want to use the Little Boy Blue lesson plans. Also free of charge are Skype visits with Kavin for a full-length period with any class of any size that is reading Little Boy Blue. The only cost to school districts or students is purchase of the book, as with any book that students are assigned to read in school.
Also part of the new program are in-school visits with Kavin and Blue, specifically in the New York City/New Jersey/Philadelphia/Wilmington region. Assemblies as well as small classes are options at participating high schools. For in-person visits, an honorarium fee is requested along with a minimum book-purchase order.
Barron’s Educational Series, which published Little Boy Blue in August 2012, is coordinating all requests for lesson plans. Barron’s is also able to help with bulk purchase orders. Hardcover, electronic, and audiobook versions of Little Boy Blue are available. The direct Barron’s contact for the new Little Boy Blue Schools Program is Eric Lowenhar, 800-645-3476, ext. 208, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Boy Blue was among the top-selling pet books of 2012. It is currently among four finalists for best general-interest dog book of 2012 with the Dog Writers Association of America, and it is a nominee for the Arlene Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for books that have a positive impact on the world. Little Boy Blue has been featured on CNN, in regional media nationwide, and in national, regional, and local print and online publications. A list of reviews from leading media is available here.
For more information about the Little Boy Blue Schools Program, please visit www.little-boy-blue-schools.info.