Digging for Words: Educator's Toolkit

Thank you for using Digging for Words in your classroom! Here are some free resources for teachers, librarians, and caregivers.

Video Links

Watch the video that inspired the book! What details can you see that ended up in Paola Escobar's illustrations?


Extension Activities

Check out the video that inspired the book!
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Colombia Fact Sheet

Click on the image for a printable one-pager on Colombia from CIA's World Factbook. For use with older students.

Digging Word Search

Click on the image for a print-and-go pdf. This is a fun extension activity for PreK through Grade 3, using both English and Spanish vocabulary from the book.

Stories That Inspire

Click on the image for Random House virtual story time guide on "Stories that Inspire," including Digging for Words. Many ideas could be adapted for classroom use.

Dual-Language Read-Alikes

More Books About Books

More Books About Solving Community Problems

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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré / Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré bibliotecaria y narradorade cuentos by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar

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Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra


Maybe Something Beautiful/Quizás algo Hermoso by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López


Ada's Violin/El violín de Ada by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

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