About Margy’s books and Discover Your World blog

 Happy teaching and learning for the 2016-17 school year! I spent two days in July at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston learning much more about Visual Thinking Strategies http://www.vtshome.org/training–2/for-schools.  This discussion based teaching and learning strategy is so much fun and a fabulous pre-reading tool. I look forward to sharing what I learned  when I visit schools this year!

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  Lady? 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.

Talking Walls: Discover Your World




who belongs here



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.


What’s going on in this picture?..a great Who Belongs Here? story



PORTLAND, Maine — Kyanda Mulonda, 24, has plans for this fall.

“I’m going to vote,” he said with a smile, just before raising his right hand at a naturalization ceremony on Friday at City Hall, where 22 refugees from around the world became American citizens.

Mulonda, who fled political violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo five years ago, was among a group of refugees from Bosnia, Congo-Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Palestine, Somalia, and Sudan who took the oath of allegiance and became Maine’s newest Americans.

It was the first time a naturalization ceremony was held at City Hall in Portland, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesperson Paula Grenier said.

Each citizenship candidate at Friday’s ceremony had already been given refugee status by the U.S. government. All were fleeing persecution or violence. They also waited the requisite five years, went through an extensive background check, demonstrated an understanding of the English language and passed a test of their knowledge of U.S. history and civics before being eligible for citizenship.

The group ceremony was held in conjunction with Monday’s World Refugee Day — which the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 designated to celebrate the contribution of refugees around the world.

“We’re doing this today in honor of World Refugee Day,” said Sally Blauvelt, field office director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “which is honoring refugees and celebrating contributions that they’ve made worldwide and the struggles that they’ve gone through to get here, on this journey, today.”

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling thanked the new citizens for for their courage and said he hoped they would consider living in Maine, and Portland in particular, for the rest of their lives.