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BKLYN Teacher Lab: Families and Communities

Texts and resources to support learning about changing families and communities. Developed for the Brooklyn Public Library Teacher Lab online course:

24 items

How my family lives in America

Kuklin, Susan. |

African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American children describe their families' cultural traditions.

Living in rural communities

Sterling, Kristin. |

Simple text and color photographs describe life in the country.


Morris, Ann, 1930- |

The History of Brooklyn


This website shows the history of Brooklyn and the changes that occur as time passes.

Equal Population Mapper: New York City


Use our interactive map to figure out how many sparsely populated flyover states it takes to equal one densely packed New York City.

School in my Community


Students can connect to schools in their community and compare their school to other schools in different communities.

The arrival

Tan, Shaun. |

In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

Oral History Interview Conducted by Alex Kelly


Brooklyn Historical Society’s oral history collection includes over 1,200 interviews with people of all races and all backgrounds from Brooklyn’s rich history. The interviews focus on a variety of topics from arts and entertainment to community activists. Source: Brooklyn Historical Society, 2010

On this spot an expedition back through time

Goodman, Susan E., 1952- |

The changing image of one geographic area in New York City is traced from the present back to millions of years ago.

B is for Brooklyn

Alko, Selina. |

What do Prospect Park, Coney Island, and Atlantic Avenue have in common? They are all located in Brooklyn, New York, a magical place where you can listen to jazz music, eat bagels and lox, and sit on the stoop of a brownstone and daydream. Children will recognize aspects of their own neighborhoods in this celebration of urban culture and community.

Photo essay: where children sleep


A world of poverty and privilege is portrayed in "Where Children Sleep," a photo series by James Mollison, which depicts children's bedrooms around the world.

Families, families, families!

Lang, Suzanne. |

A story presented as a series of framed portraits features animals in dozens of combinations that represent and celebrate all kinds of non-traditional families.


Ellis, Carson, 1975- author, illustrator. |

A whimsical tribute to the myriad possibilities of home depicts homes in different real-world environments as well as fantastical settings.

Last stop on Market Street

de la Peña, Matt. |

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby?

Colds and Flu


Students will learn how contagious germs and viruses are, how they are spread and how they get into the body. Source: BrainPop, Jr.

Around the world : a colorful atlas for kids

Ganeri, Anita, 1961- author. |

An illustrated introduction to the countries of the world and the seven continents. Imagery picks out a country's unique essence.

If I built a house

Van Dusen, Chris. |

Imaginative Jack describes the kind of house he would build--one with a racetrack, a flying room, and a gigantic slide.

Sky high

Zullo, Germano, author. |

Two neighbors find themselves caught in a race to build the most extravagant house. The buildings grow to sky-high proportions, but who will come out on top?

Police officers

Murray, Julie, 1969- |


Murray, Julie, 1969- author. |

Mail carriers

Murray, Julie, 1969- author. |

"A letter to Papa"


Primary source: "Girl handing letter to mailman" Source: Library of Congress, c1904.

A chair for my mother

Williams, Vera B. |

A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.