Welcome to a New School Year!
Capstone hopes to help set you—and your students—up for success this school year. Check out our free activities for students, fun freebies for your library or classroom, curated booklists, and more. Get into the back-to-school frame of mind with Capstone!
What's New for Fall 2023?
Check out highlights from our new releases this Fall, including Ali the Great, a new early chapter book series from beloved Yasmin author Saadia Faruqi! We're also excited for the debut of Capstone’s ISTE Young Innovators picture book collection, created in collaboration with ISTE, with Sonia’s Digital World from librarian rock star Shannon McClintock Miller, and the beautiful, rich story of the historic Fillmore District where creativity and inclusion brought communities together in Moving and Grooving to Fillmore's Beat by Rachel Werner. Browse all of these books and more!
Meet Ali the Great!
In 2018, young readers first met Yasmin, a creative and curious second grader with a big imagination ready to face any adventure. Readers immediately fell in love with Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani-American family.
This fall, Yasmin's good friend Ali stars in his own early chapter series, Ali the Great. Like Yasmin, Ali is a curious and clever Pakistani-American second grader. Unlike Yasmin, Ali is a bit of a jokester and his big ideas can sometimes land him in a little trouble. Capstone Managing Editor Kristen McCurry Mohn sat down with author Saadia Faruqi to talk about the inspiration behind her new series.
Ali the Great Downloadables
15 Perfect Back-to-School Books
Back-to-school can be an exciting time, but also one filled with uncertainty and big feelings. Books can be a perfect way to start conversations about all of the changes and the emotions that children may be feeling. From common school worries like being away from home or fitting in, to reinforcing important social skills and personal hygiene, here are some of our favorite books to ease kids back to school. If you’re looking for the perfect read for back-to-school, we have you covered!
10 Back-to-School Tips for the Library
From fun ways to collaborate within your school community to ideas on how you can promote your library services, District Teacher Librarian Shannon McClintock Miller shares her 10 favorite back-to-school tips to help make this your best school year yet.
Sonia's Digital World Downloadables
Diversity is a Gift
From music to art to poetry, creativity filled the air in the historical Fillmore District. The creativity and inclusion brought communities together—with no exceptions. Everyone was welcome, and everyone was accepted.
In our conversation with author Rachel Werner, we talk about her picture book, Moving and Grooving to Fillmore's Beat, a lyrical story about the rich multi-ethnic history of The Fillmore District, what inspires her, and why learning about the past is important.
Disability Representation in Your Collection
Children's books featuring characters with disabilities are an extremely underrepresented area in publishing. Young readers need access to authentic disability representation with characters who while living with challenges, have full lives filled with friends, family, goals, and accomplishments. As you look to increase the disability representation in your library or classroom, we hope you’ll share some of our favorite children’s books about disabilities with your readers.