Happy Birthday, Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was formally unveiled at her dedication ceremony 126 years ago today. Since then Lady Liberty has proudly stood as a symbol of hope and freedom.

The following are books I have enjoyed using to share this amazing monument and its historical significance with my students:

The Story of the Statue of Liberty, by Betsy Maestro


Lady Liberty: A Biography, by Doreen Rappaport


Coming to America: The Story of Immigration, by Betsy Maestro


Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, by Linda Glaser


Many people were involved in making this visual representation of friendship and freedom a reality. From Edouard de Laboulaye (the “Father of the Statue of Liberty” who first proposed the idea of the monument) to others like Richard Morris Hunt (the pedestal designer) and Joseph Pulitzer (the newspaper publisher who helped raise the necessary funding), this was truly a group effort. You can read more about those involved with the project here.

Curious to know more? Check out these videos at History.com and view this Smithsonian blog to see how the statue has been memorialized by the United States Postal Service over the years.

additional activities:


He Gave the World Quite a Fright

With the recent announcement of the 2012 Nobel Laureates and the upcoming award ceremony in December, I thought it was time to pay tribute to a man who has greatly influenced our world.

Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-Jo Wargin tells the story of Nobel’s life – from his curiosity and love of science to his experiments and inventions and his lasting legacy of the Nobel Prize.

Want to find out more specifics about this award? Visit the official website of the Nobel Prize. This site also offers a variety of interactive games and other educational resources.

Alfred Nobel also had an element (Nobelium: element 102) named in his honor. Learn more about that at the Interactive Periodic Table.

extension activities:

  • Learn about other Nobel Prize winners like Wangari, Martin Luther King Jr., and Marie Curie.
  • After learning about the various Nobel Prize categories, write or draw about a way you would like to change the world. What are you curious about? What type of invention would you like to create? How would this make the world a better place?
  • Create your own Nobel Prize.

Cardboard Creativity

I love to see the power of imagination in action! And thanks to the creativity and perseverance of a young boy and the thoughtfulness and support of some adults in his life, the Imagination Foundation is now bringing opportunities to children around the globe to dive in and explore the power of their own imaginations.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is scheduled for October 6. You can learn more about that here.

What has your imagination done lately?