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For Elementary Readers

They Say Blue

Follow a young girl through a year or a day as she explores and examines the world around her and shares her questions and imaginative thoughts.

Apply in the Classroom

Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. Sharing books such as They Say Blue encourages kids to observe, ask questions, use their imaginations, and seek information. Help students experience the joys of wonder, possibility, exploration, and discovery. Encourage them to generate ideas for a passion project—something they want to know more about, learn how to do, or create. Guide them to resources and give them the time to develop their project and feel confident in their new knowledge so they can present their learning journey and products to peers and parents.

Questions for Discussion or Reflective Writing

What is color?

What is silence?

What do you wonder about?

What do you pay attention to when you walk outside?

How can you get answers to your questions?

What would life be like if no one asked questions?

Related Teaching Resources

Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind from Edutopia

Mystery Bags to Develop Observation and Inference Skills from Scholastic

Learn more about the Genius Hour movement to get students to explore their own passions

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

Explore with Curious Kids videos

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Shadow by Suzy Lee

How To by Julie Morstad

My Pen by Christopher Myers

The Branch by Mireille Messier

Things To Do by Elaine Magliar

A River by Marc Martin

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson