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.


Hands Around the Library

“In January 2011, in a moment that captured the hearts of people all over the world, thousands of Egypt’s students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming a human chain to protect the building. They chanted “We love you, Egypt!” as they stood together for the freedom the library represented.”13269821-1

A Korean edition of Talking walls

A Korean publishing company  added:  a story , a new cover and title to  the book

The title: Culture and History…Hearing Walls of the World

Translated excerpts from the  text…

Many colorful ribbons tied to a barbed wire fence flutter in the wind. On each ribbon is written Korean people’s wishes  that one day North  and South Korea will be reunified as one. It is a symbolic sight in Imgingak, the northernmost  place  that South Korean  civilans are permitted to travel. When the Korean War 1950-53 ended the North and South were separated by the DMZ.Many families torn apart by the barbed-wire fence couldn’t meet again.