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This curriculum was written by Zapoura Newton-Calvert and was designed to accompany Wafa’ Tarnowska and Vali Mintzi’s picture book Nour's Secret Library.  Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper learning, conversation, and possibilities for action around racial justice and liberation in our communities. 


The Social Justice Standards from Learning for Justice, founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, serve as guides for our work.  We also draw from abolitionist, decolonizing, heart/body-centered, and white anti-racist practices.  Here is a short list of reads from a few of the many folx and communities who we have and continue to learn from and with:

  • Abolitionist Practice

  • Decolonization

  • Heart/Body Practices

  • White Anti-Racist Practice


Each digital download contains the following:

  • A welcome and book summary
  • An introduction to the Storyseed Curriculum Framework
  • A chart showing how our discussion questions align with the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards
  • Discussion questions that support anti-oppression learning for all readers
  • A list of additional resources to extend the learning
  • Recommended books to read next (picture books and middle readers)

Nour's Secret Library Curriculum

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