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The Book Boat

The Book Boat

By The Book Boat
Join educators Alejandra and Jocelyn as they dive into the world of diverse literature that can be used in classrooms to create more inclusive, welcoming classroom environments. Each podcast features exciting books that include topics such as race, gender, immigration, and so much more. All books can be utilized in a classroom in fun and exciting ways.


Alejandra and Jocelyn have done extensive research on how to create a space for critical dialogue within their classrooms but using children’s literature as a the key to unlocking a whole new level of learning.
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Season 2 Finale!
That is a wrap for Season 2! In this episode we feature two books on the AAPI community and we reflect back on our first year teaching. Make sure to tune in to hear the good,bad and everything in between about doing distance learning. Also hear what we have planned for season 3! Make sure to stay connected with us on our social media to hear all the exciting news coming! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/eUB4bqNWK2w Purchase any of the books mentioned: Eyes That Kiss in the Corners: https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-That-Kiss-Corners-Joanna/dp/0062915622/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1FPLEG2EHYGFB&dchild=1&keywords=eyes+that+kiss+in+the+corners&qid=1621377573&sprefix=eyes+that+kiss%2Caps%2C228&sr=8-1 I Dream of POPO: https://www.amazon.com/I-Dream-Popo-Livia-Blackburne/dp/1250249317/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=I+dream+of+popo&qid=1621377608&sr=8-1
44:32
June 9, 2021
Kevin and David
Drum roll please!!!! Yes we have more extra special guests! This time around we have two members from our cohort at SJSU: David and Kevin who are current 5th and 3rd grade teachers. We get to hear all about their masters research project and they even share what their current favorite books are! Make sure to tune in! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/y7OZftb_ekk Purchase any of the books mentioned: Dean Juno: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Juno-Picture-Puffins-Soyung/dp/0142300179/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=dear+juno&qid=1618278040&sr=8-1 Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race: https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Figures-Story-Black-Women/dp/0062742469/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=hidden+figures+in+the+space+race&qid=1618278266&sr=8-2
41:49
May 26, 2021
Families
Join Alejandra and Jocelyn as they dive into the topic of gender norms and different family structures. On this week's episode they talk about diversity amongst families and how some families go against the gender norms. They bring in some exciting books that tackle these topics in such a fun and loving way!  Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/VFFOj4GIzwg
28:43
May 12, 2021
Ruby Finds a Worry with Veronica!
Emotions big and small and we are ready to talk about them! We have a very special guest our good friend Veronica Minor! Veronica shares her experience in the credential program and student teaching. She also talks about her masters project and how her childhood experiences helped shape her research project. We also share two books from Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/3NC9ptWXeOI Purchase any of the books mentioned: Ruby Finds a Worry: https://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Finds-Worry-Tom-Percival/dp/1547602376 Meesha Makes Friends: https://www.amazon.com/Meesha-Makes-Friends-Bright-Feelings-ebook/dp/B0851GXK5V
32:31
April 28, 2021
Earth Day!
It’s almost EARTH DAY! Get to hear host Jocelyn and Alejandra catch up, listen to their views on testing and how excited we all are about microphones!. Then let's talk about an issue we can all get behind taking care of our Earth! Hear some of their Earth Day book picks and how we can inspire and motivate students and grown ups to take care of our planet. There is no Planet B! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/JL6h-y5iNjM Purchase any of the books mentioned: Old Enough to Save the Planet: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419749145/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Water Protectors:  https://www.amazon.com/Are-Water-Protectors-Carole-Lindstrom/dp/1250203554/ref=zg_bs_3099_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KF3YQ3NNGTSZ81BMTS1D
30:53
April 14, 2021
Pop Culture Books!
Pop culture and books? You might not think it's a good fit but we found the books and are excited to share! One book is based on a popular  sitcom show and another a royal couple and their pup. Get read for an exciting and fun episode where we bring pop culture into the classroom! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/BFECUpLlqLA Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue to Royalty Puppy Love Story: https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/the-duchess-and-guy/9780358023043 The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary: https://www.lbyr.com/titles/robb-pearlman/the-office-a-day-at-dunder-mifflin-elementary/9780316428392/
34:42
March 31, 2021
Women's History Month!
March is Women’s History Month and we could not be more excited to share these books. Join Jocelyn and Alejandra as they highlight some of their favorite books featuring strong female characters or Women from history who have changed the world. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/i6m4UGBBiAs Purchase any books mentioned: HERstory:https://www.amazon.com/Herstory-Women-Girls-Shook-World/dp/1534436642/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1KCKD0FY29RGZ&dchild=1&keywords=herstory&qid=1615508892&s=books&sprefix=HERSt%2Cstripbooks%2C238&sr=1-1 The ABCs of AOC: https://www.amazon.com/ABCs-AOC-Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez/dp/031649514X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+abcs+of+aoc&qid=1615508922&s=books&sr=1-1
28:46
March 17, 2021
My Tiny Temper
Surprise Episode! We have two very exciting guests, the authors of My Tiny Temper Christopher Fequiere and his son Oliver! We are thrilled to get to chat with both of them on their newest book. “My Tiny Temper follows a child's day as they struggle with daily task while dealing with a big monster of emotions.” Hear us chat about the writing process and learn to see if they felt anything was missing from their book! Make sure to check out their kickstarter and make a donation at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mytinytemper/my-tiny-temper-hardcover?ref=project_link Purchase your own paperback copy of My Tiny Temper at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736629409/ref=rdr_ext_tmb Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/HEMXvFhFJyY
31:17
March 5, 2021
Welcome Back Here are Our Current Favorites!
We made it to Season 2! Welcome back on our book boat journey! Join Jocelyn & Alejandra as they play catch up after an exciting first season and hear what their current book favorites are! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/UGjH6ufNilY Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: The Abc’s of Black History: https://www.workman.com/products/the-abcs-of-black-history What Do you do with an idea?: https://www.amazon.com/What-Do-You-Idea/dp/1938298071
27:22
March 3, 2021
Our First Guest!
Let's all welcome our first guest Erin Enguero. We are thrilled and honored that Erin has decided to be our first guest. We met Erin during our time at San Jose State and she is an amazing educator with an incredible journey. Join us for an exciting episode where Erin talks about her journey, an amazing book, and how being differently abled is a strength. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/xa7UyuqmTk8 Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Ask-Different-Brave-You/dp/0525514120/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=just+ask&qid=1608673656&sr=8-1
48:14
January 6, 2021
Women in Science!
We are covering an important topic and that is women in science! For many years women were made to feel that science is not their field but they are WRONG because women belong in all places! We are highlighting some of our favorite books that feature women in science and the importance for both boys and girls to see that women can be scientists! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/gz_AYo6Mkfo Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: Rachel Carson and her book that changed the world: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/591224/rachel-carson-and-her-book-that-changed-the-world-by-by-laurie-lawlor-illustrated-by-laura-beingessner/ Geraldine and the Most Spectacular Science Project: https://www.schifferbooks.com/geraldine-and-the-most-spectacular-science-project-6811.html
31:44
December 23, 2020
Surprise! Our first learning showcase!
Surprise! We did a Learning Showcase! We were extremely lucky to be invited to participate in San Jose State’s Learning Showcase. For this bonus episode we wanted to continue the conversation from our Names Episode! We talk about some of the feedback we got after our episode aired and share another book, Your Name Is A Song, we felt was important on this topic. Thank you to SJSU and let's continue this conversation! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/vVoqeG570hI Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: https://www.theinnovationpress.com/your-name-is-a-song
15:29
December 18, 2020
Holidays in December
We are continuing with the warm fuzzy feels with the topic of Holidays in December. We share some of our picks for books that are not the traditional Christmas stories. We look at some of the Holidays that are celebrated throughout the year. Also we learn about a special day where our borders become a place of celebration. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/6zJWeAcbwK0 Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: Let’s Celebrate: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52026726-let-s-celebrate Us and Abuela: A Family Story From the Border: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/42642073-between-us-and-abuela
31:56
December 9, 2020
Non-Traditional Thanksgiving
Let’s get in all the warm fuzzy feels because we are in the middle of the holiday season! We decided to share some of our favorite thanksgiving books with a twist! We live in such a diverse country that holidays are bound to be celebrated differently so we are sharing our picks for children’s books for non traditional thanksgiving! Also we give a huge thanks to one of our biggest supporters! So get ready to have your heart feel all warm and fuzzy! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/FA6gbP2Ol7c Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: No Turkey for Thanksgiving: http://www.jacquelinejules.com/duck.htm Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-590-46976-0
27:14
November 25, 2020
Indigenous People’s Day
October 12 we celebrated Indigenous People’s Day so we are sharing the books that celebrate Native American culture. Let’s celebrate and learn about the Native American culture everyday! Hear some activities we have planned for our students. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/935FLlLvzD8 Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: Thunder Boy Jr: https://www.lbyr.com/titles/sherman-alexie/thunder-boy-jr/9780316013727/?utm_expid=.OyywKgKNQfKo0ZgN1WBZtg.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F Bow Wow Pow Wow: https://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/bowwow-powwow
30:00
November 11, 2020
Elections!
It happens every four years and this is one of those years! We are talking about the presidential election! We share some of our favorite books that talk about politics and making a change especially how children can have the power to make that change! Don’t forget vote Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/eIph-EmCWYA Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: I Dissent: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/I-Dissent/Debbie-Levy/9781481465595#:~:text=I%20Dissent%20%7C%20Book%20by%20Debbie,Official%20Publisher%20Page%20%7C%20Simon%20%26%20Schuster Grace for President: http://www.kellydipucchio.com/graceforpres.html Sofia Valdez Future Prez: https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/sofia-valdez-future-prez_9781419737046/ Items mentioned: Phenomenal Woman RBG collection: https://phenomenalwoman.us/collections/ruth-bader-ginsburg-rbg Vota TShirt: https://jenzeanodesigns.com/collections/vota
34:11
October 28, 2020
Let's Have the Conversation
We are diving into the conversation that people might try to tiptoe around. We close off our first topic from our masters project with the book Something Happened in Our town. We talk about how we want to include all of our students but also how to approach a subject with students that can be confusing. We also mention resources that can be used with children when talking about race! Have those conversations and don’t be scared. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/iPgrICKikIo Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: https://www.apa.org/pubs/magination/441B228
39:29
October 14, 2020
The Power of Names
What’s in a name? Listen in to hear Jocelyn & Alejandra and their book name picks! Find out a secret about one of our host and learn more about how they feel about their names! Hear about what name activities they have planned. Don’t forget to tell us about your name. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/qJfbivf9YbU Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: The Name Jar: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/27340/the-name-jar-by-yangsook-choi-illustrated-by-the-author/ Alma and How She Got Her Name: https://juanamartinezneal.com/books/alma/
30:16
September 30, 2020
The beginning of conversations around race in a classroom
Grab a seat, put your headphones in and get comfy because we’re having that conversation… let’s talk about race. Jocelyn and Alejandra share their first topic from their masters research: Race. Hear about the activities they did with their students and why they picked the books they did for this topic. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Book-Boat-100165011798426 Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/jrMZdgllmvw Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: Note Quite Snow White: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/not-quite-snow-white-ashley-franklin Let’s Talk About Race: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/lets-talk-about-race-julius-lester
43:11
September 16, 2020
Our current favorites
This might become your favorite episode! Catch up and hear what grades they will be teaching for this upcoming school year. Get ready to hear Jocelyn and Alejandra’s current favorite books. Find out why they picked the books they did and what activities they plan around these books. Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/fuVy2SDWxLY Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea https://www.harpercollins.com/products/kamala-and-mayas-big-idea-meena-harris Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre https://www.harpercollins.com/products/planting-stories-the-life-of-librarian-and-storyteller-pura-belpr-anika-aldamuy-denise Items mentioned in the Epiosde Mija Linda Jewelry: https://mijaxlinda.com/ Phenomenal: https://phenomenalwoman.us/
29:38
September 2, 2020
1st Week of School
First Week of School! Jocelyn and Alejandra share what books they plan to read to their students in the first week of school. They also give their take about possibly starting with distance learning and what activities they could do online with their classes. Stay till the end to hear what is coming up for their next episode! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/7OqAVLfeHZw Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: First Day Jitters https://www.charlesbridge.com/products/first-day-jitters The Giving Tree https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-giving-tree-shel-silverstein The Day you Begin https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/299104/the-day-you-begin-by-jacqueline-woodson-illustrated-by-rafael-lopez/
29:11
August 19, 2020
Our Beginning
Join Jocelyn and Alejandra new teachers as they start their book boat journey! Turning their passion for literature into their masters project at San Jose State University they wanted to use literature to create a space for critical dialogue in their classroom. Now they have turned their project into a podcast! In the first episode hear about how their love for books began, how they met, and their hopes for this podcast. Oh and get a sneak preview of books they will share! Follow our Instagram @the_bookboat Watch the video of this episode https://youtu.be/kDOpWZHPb9I Purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode: Something Happened in Our Town https://www.apa.org/pubs/magination/441B228 Not Quite Snow White https://www.harpercollins.com/products/not-quite-snow-white-ashley-franklin Let’s Talk About Race https://www.harpercollins.com/products/lets-talk-about-race-julius-lester Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538691/pride-the-story-of-harvey-milk-and-the-rainbow-flag-by-rob-sanders-illustrated-by-steven-salerno/ Still a Family https://www.albertwhitman.com/book/still-a-family/ A Family is a Family is a Family https://houseofanansi.com/products/a-family-is-a-family-is-a-family From North to South https://www.leeandlow.com/books/from-north-to-south-del-norte-al-sur La Frontera: El Viaje con Papa https://www.barefootbooks.com/la-frontera One Green Apple https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/One-Green-Apple/9780618434770
36:13
August 5, 2020