About Margy’s books and Discover Your World blog

I started this blog for teachers to let them know about my work and  my school visits. I also share articles, lesson ideas and other books that relate to the themes of my books and my  Who’s That  Woman? project. If you want to know more about  my work including school visits scroll down past recent posts and archives and look for categories  Contact me at margyburnsknight@gmail.com

People have been using  and building  walls for years. Talking Walls Discover Your World introduces readers to places and cultures by talking-walls-discover-your-worldexploring the stories of walls around the world.

Meet a loyal dog from Japan, a poet from Chile  and an artist from Mexico. Visit the Great Wall of China, the Lascaux Caves of France and Great Zimbabwe.





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Who Belongs Here? tells the story of Nary, a young boy fleeing war-torn Cambodia for the safety of the United States. To some of his new classmates, however, he is a “chink” who should go back where he belongs. But what if everyone whose family came from another place was forced  to return to his or her homeland? Who would be left? This story teaches compassion for recent immigrants while sharing the history of immigration in America and some of the important contributions made by past immigrants.



Welcoming Babies is a vibrant and tender celebration of life and diversity. As children and adults explore the welcoming of babies from all over the world they can share stories of their own welcoming , traditions and culture.

Africa _Africa Is Not A Country enters into the daily life of children in many countries of modern Africa. Countering stereotypes the book celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the vibrant continent at experienced by children at home, at school, at work and at play.


All about illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien http://www.annesibleyobrien.com











Maria’s Shoes is a true and timeless story from a Roots of Empathy http://www.rootsofempathy.org/classroom. Maria is bullied about her shoes being “unfashionable,” and her friend desperately wants to help but doesn’t know how. When we see injustice, empathy — the ability to identify with another person’s feelings — can empower us to take action to help others. The friend’s empathy and moral courage result in a lesson that all of the children in the playground learn — we are all capable of standing up against injustice and helping people to feel less alone.


Talking Stairs..around the world!





25 Most Beautiful Painted Stairs From Around the World

Discover Your world via TREES!

As I read about Jadav  Molai Payeng and his work in India  planting trees http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0616/This-tribesman-planted-a-forest-in-India-that-s-bigger-than-Central-Park  I thought about the other tree stories I have shared and a few new ones I am just learning about. We could learn  and teach a lot of our world through the tree stories of Wangari Matthai. Kate Sessions, Anne Frank and  The Little Bonsai from Hiroshima. If you have other book suggestions let me know!





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A DREAM come true…Community Read to celebrate 100 years of reading!


In addition to my work as an author I am  Winthrop’s Play Outside Coordinator tps://www.facebook.com/WinthropPlaysOutside/   and The Winthrop Schools  Service Learning Coordinator.http://www.winthropschools.org.

As the Service Learning Coordinator I have dreamed and often talked about  how the Winthrop Schools  might  co- host a community read with our fabulous public library.http://www.baileylibrary.org.  All I needed was a book and an author. Last December I read Cynthia Lord’s A Handful of Stars http://www.cynthialord.com/ and knew I found the book!   I lent my copy to a 6th grade teacher who read the book to her class and she told me the students wanted to make blueberry enchiladas  and paint bee houses.I knew I had a book and activities, now all I needed was the author!

2016 is the 100 birthday of the Bailey Library so I pitched the idea in mid- winter to  the library director, Richard Fortin, as a community read to celebrate 100 years of reading. As soon as Cynthia Lord confirmed her  June 21st visit to Winthrop I  started handing out the book and by June, thanks to many teachers and librarians , grades 2-8 had listened to some or all of the story . I delivered seven copies to Adult Education and twelve to the high school for their book club. Many , many  adults  checked the book out too!

Before Cynthia’s visit  we had four intergenerational events at the library.  Deb Barnett from the Eat Well  Program showed us how to make  yummy blueberry enchiladas https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/eat-well/. Marilyn Meyerhans, the owner of Lakeside Orchard  ,http://www.lakesideorchards.com talked about the role of migrant workers in Maine and at her orchards.

Middle School students and the public decorated bee houses and we had a lively community discussion about the book. Cynthia’s wonderful , informative talk about how and why she wrote her story  was a perfect way to end our community read. I was thrilled to be involved in this celebration of reading.http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/05/26/winthrop-library-plans-community-read/


 WMS teacher Chris McEwan and Cynthia Lord



Karen Toothaker  and Cynthia Lord






I answered three questions for Publishers Weekly


Three Maine Authors and Three Questions