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VIDEO: Behind the Book with JoEllen McCarthy: Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Posted by admin on Nov 13, 2020 4:18:41 PM

"Together let's connect our students to the stories, the people, and the possibilities for learning on and off the page of their books." ~JoEllen McCarthy

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In this episode of Behind the Book, JoEllen McCarthy talks to author, Charles R. Smith, Jr. about his children's book, I Am America. Watch to discover what inspired Charles to write this popular book and what he hopes students and teachers will learn from it. 



Inside This Episode

  • Book Talk 

  • Secrets in I Am America

  • Three Pieces of Advice 

  • What’s Next for Charles? 

  • Literacy Snapshots 

  • Next Time on Behind the Book


Links in This Episode

Charles R. Smith Jr.

Twitter: @csrjr


Instagram: @crs2fit


I Am America available at IndieBound:


JoEllen McCarthy


Next Time on Behind the Book

9781644420010_FCNext time on Behind the Book, JoEllen will be interviewing Joshunda Sanders about her book, I Can Write the World. Keep an eye out for it in December!



About the Behind the Book Video Series

JoEllen McCarthy created the Behind the Book video series in collaboration with Stenhouse Publishers because she believes in the power of read-alouds. Throughout her teaching career she has often thought of those read-alouds as her co-teachers, but, as she will show in this series, it's the inspiring authors and illustrators of those books who are the real co-teachers. So join her as she talks one-on-one with the authors of some of your favorite children's books and hear about their journeys creating them and what they want teachers and students to learn from them.


About JoEllen McCarthy

JoEllen - use this one-1JoEllen McCarthy is a lifelong learner and staff developer who spends her days facilitating collaborative coaching conversations that support a curriculum of children and emphasize literacy as a vehicle to care. As the Educator Collaborative’s Book Ambassador, JoEllen spreads her enthusiasm for the role literature plays in all aspects of education. Her new book, Layers of Learning: Using Read-Alouds to Connect Literacy and Caring Conversations is available now.