Keila is a brilliant nine-year-old girl who was born in Honduras. Now she lives in Detroit, Michigan, with her mom, dad, and a playful sister, and an awesome brother. Keila gets inspired when someone says “friendship” because she has lots of friends. She is grateful for her hobbies and talents such as gymnastics, writing in a three-hundred-page notebook, and arts and crafts. Three words that describe keila are talented, 100 percent rebel, and 99 percent flexible. Last of all, she likes to talk about Honduras.
Keila es una niña brillante de nueve años que nació en Honduras. Ahora vive en Detroit, Michigan, con su mamá, su papá, una hermana bromista, y un hermano estupendo. Keila se inspira cuando alguien dice “amistad” porque tiene muchos amigos. Aprecia sus talentos y pasatiempos como la gimnasia, escribir en un cuaderno de trescientos páginas, y manualidades. Tres palabras que describen Keila incluyen: talentosa, 100 por ciento rebele, y 99 por ciento flexible. Por fin, le gusta hablar de Honduras.
Rare Air / Aire raro is 826michigan's Young Author's Book Project for the 2015–2016 school year written by the fourth-grade students of Ms. Lowe's class at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit and it is FULL of firsts for us. It is the first YABP written in Detroit. The first YABP of poetry. And the first that is completely bilingual (English and Spanish). With a foreword by inaugural poet Richard Blanco, and introduction by volunteer and retired teacher Sandy Karolak, Rare Air / Aire raro is full of exceptional and charming poems on family, neighborhood, and memories. Poems were translated into Spanish by students, family members, and volunteers to allow for students to share their voices with their community. So join fourth-grade writers of Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in feeling the rare air in this beautiful book of bilingual poetry. A bilingual collection of poetry written by fourth graders at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit.
by Keila, 826michigan
An "I A From" poem. English and Spanish versions included.
by Will, 826michigan
A student imagines life in the future.
by Ava Tassinari, 826 Boston
A bullying incident on the school bus itches its way out.
Ms. Lowe’s Fourth Grade Class at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit, Michigan
An example of a "Neighborhood Poem" created as a class as part of 826Michigan's Rare Air/Aire Raro Young Authors' Book Project.
by Alyssa, Kevin, Gustavo, Jocelyn, and Gabriel, 826LA
In science class, Victoria the Manticore makes fun of Carla the Witch for using magic, and a few bystanders step in to take a stand against bullying.
by Charlie, 826michigan
A very scientific retelling of why dinosaurs went extinct.
by Ivan Newton Ponce, 826 Valencia
This poem uses sensory details to describe the writer's favorite places.
by Ciaran, 826NYC
A creative field guide to a Mourning Cloak butterfly who lives in New York City.
by Maribel O.G., Grade 4, 826 Valencia
In this story, a student gets to know a new teacher and discovers that things are not always as they seem.
by Quinn, 826CHI
A piece that explores the dynamic nature of love and might just become your next Valentine's Day card.
by Nana-Wadieh, 826NYC
This student writes about accepting people the way they are and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.
by Elian de Leon, 826NYC
A poem that focuses on color and translates it into sensory details.
by Aanya K., Grade 3, 826 LA
In this set of diary entries, a student explores what makes a villain.
by Marisol, 826michigan
A young girl's poem about all the life she sees in her yard. English and Spanish versions included.
by Alfredo Enriquez-Aguilar, 826 Valencia
Have you ever wanted to care for a dragon? This poem teaches you how.
by Lux, 826NYC
A student reflects on their experiences with bullying and how they’ll take a stand in the future.
by Yarely, 826michigan
A poem about grandma. English and Spanish versions included.
by Angel Flores Vazquez, 826 Valencia
This poem illustrates the effectiveness of descriptive language.
by Christian, 826 New Orleans
This poem uses personification to introduce the audience to an olive and its cousin, Jeff.
by Lukas, 826 New Orleans
A student challenges the existence of Confederate monuments in New Orleans and builds the case for a monument to The Houma Nation instead.
by Felix E., 826 Valencia
A student's fear is conquered after a startling discovery.
by Victor, 826 Valencia
An ode to Beans, Rice, and Chicken.
by Fatima, 826michigan
A list poem about a beautiful room and a beautiful family in both English and Spanish.
by Caleigh, 826LA
A letter offering a concise yet compelling list of all that awaits in LA.
by Antoni L., 826DC
In this poem, the author discusses their origins through metaphor.
by Selene Freudenberg, 826michigan
This hero’s journey leads an unlikely suspect into a land of books with a plot-disrupting villain who must be destroyed in order to save a multitude of characters, including Harry Potter!
by Madhav, 826michigan
In this short epic, a pig and a snail pilot a NASA rocket and bring breaking news back to New York City.
by Naomi, 826michigan
A (mostly) love letter to a kiwi with delicious imagery.
by Juna, 826michigan
A poem about taking the world in—and letting go.
by Brayan Luna, 826michigan
In this poem, a student vividly recounts watching The Undertaker perform a signature chokeslam on WrestleMania. Written in Spanish and English.
by Rechab T., 826DC
This poem takes a surreal approach to describing a scene.
by Sebastian, 826 Valencia
In this story, a student finds a surprise within a Takis bag and makes a wish for a dream school.
by Jekaya, 826 Boston
A student reflects on what it takes to stand up to bullies and speak up for others.
by Benny, 826 Boston
Inspired by Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this piece contains a series of journal entries and rules for a new sport by fictitious NASA operative Agent Smitty.
by Maria, 826 Valencia
This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.
by Jude, 826michigan
A student describes life in the future, complete with 3-D pens and hologram television!
Raven, 826 New Orleans
You guessed it—an ode to cookies.
by Reyes, 826NYC
A creative field guide to the eastern gray squirrel.
by Zoe Gomez, 826 New Orleans
Through a series of questions, this poem asks what if the world was different.
by Lina, 826 Valencia
A mischievous recipe calling for 3 tablespoons of candy, 10 gallons of not laughing, and 100 gallons of mother.
by Noel, 826 Valencia
The creation story of a new school, reimagined to improve learning. (Paid for by Taylor Swift with free water bottles, an Italian restaurant, a movie theater, and a comfortable and safe environment.)
by Joshua, 826CHI
Alien monsters and a young boy forge a friendship over a dramatic series of events.
by Muawiye, 826 Boston
In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that the act of inclusion begins with feeling empathy.
by Zaid Rodriguez, 826 Valencia
This story immerses the reader in sensory details to tell the tale of what lies behind a mysterious door.
by Marie, 826CHI
A monkey named Chesley saves the animals of the forest from an evil Master!
by Yaretzi, 826LA
In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn how a thoughtful surprise can brighten a friend's day.
by Kevin, 826LA
A letter from the author to the author on appreciating both the unconventional and conventional parts of oneself.
by Abdikabir, age 8, 826 MSP
This poem uses the 1st person point-of-view to show what life looks like for a timber rattlesnake.
by Mohamed F., 826 MSP
This poem uses descriptive language to leave the reader clues about the animal it is depicting.
by Giannyl Guerrero Cabral, 826 Boston
A practical list of ways anyone can stop bullying.
by Natalie, 826 Valencia
A recipe for how to create a legendary rapper.
by Dahlia-Rose, 826NYC
A field guide to Queen Anne’s Lace and a day in the life from a flower’s perspective.
by Johny, 826 LA
A riveting interview with Godzilla, Superman, and Dragonbolt—a cast of characters that will try to outdo one another before this TV special is up.
by Sherilyn, 826LA
A story about what to do when one witnesses bullying.
by Olivia, 826NYC
An elegy for corn.
by Vanessa, 826CHI
A story about a mermaid named Luna and the epic battle to save Benzo, a rainbow-colored kingdom, using the power of love.
Ren, 826 New Orleans
In this poem, a student explores what summer means to them.
by Winta, 826DC
A concise but essential list of survival tips in the event of a sweet disaster.
by Levi, 826NYC
An origin story for healthy food, involving an epic battle between purveyor of high-fructose corn syrup, Ronald McDonald, and a heroic band of chefs.
by Yasmeen W, Grade 3, 826 Valencia
In this descriptive short story, a student overcomes their fear of turning on their video.
by Kayla, 826LA
This author reflects on an act of kindness to someone in need.
by Jonathan Rivera Navarro, 826 Valencia
This poem celebrates and mourns a taco.
by Ehmely, 826CHI
A crucial missive for anyone playing a high-stakes game of "Hide and Seek".
by Stefany Moreira, Vivi Small, Ana Rosas, Eugenia Rosas, and Jason Carrillo, 826NYC
This poem describes a warmer, tastier world run by young people.
by Alex, 826michigan
Percy Jackson’s story retold—in a single tweet!
by Alan, 826DC
This poem describes the thoughts of hunger.
by Clara, 826 Valencia
A detailed design for a new school that students would love, complete with outdoor spaces for tennis and ice-skating!
by L.M., 826CHI
The story of a lonely ghost named Annabeth, a plan to kidnap children on Halloween, and an unlikely encounter that reveals the true nature of friendship.
by Alexa, 826michigan
A poem that tastes like pepperoni pizza.
by Victor, 826 Valencia
This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.
Armani, 826 New Orleans
A poem about the magic of bath time.
by Aiden Spence, Grade 3, 826NYC
This poem describes all of the reasons why green is the best color.
by Girod, 826 New Orleans
This celebratory poem uses similes to list all of the things the writer loves about themself.
by Zari P., Grade 4, 826DC
A playful "I am" poem that explores what's possible.
by Violeta, 826CHI
A monster's routine trip for tuna sandwich ingredients results in a broken arm!
by Alongkorn, 826 New Orleans
In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that unlike wasabi gummies, there is no expiration date for making amends.
by Faisa, age 9, 826 MSP
This poem writes from the perspective of a Prairie Shooting Star flower, detailing a day in its life.
by Erriyanna, 826michigan
An epic poem about a younger sister. English and Spanish versions included.