Alfred Nobel – the man behind the peace prize


This past week Grade 3-5 library classes have read Alfred Nobel – The Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-Jo Wargin and illustrated by Zachary Pullen. We have learned that Swedish chemist, Alfred Nobel, was not only the man who invented dynamite, but in his will he set up the legacy of the Nobel prizes. We were amazed (so was he!) that he read his own obituary! We also talked about the people we know that have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

To understand the useful power of dynamite we watched the demolition of a building, and you can watch it here:


Wangari Maathai


This month, we want to look at various stories about heroic people. Last week’s library classes read Donna Jo Napoli’s book Mama Miti. This beautiful picture book tells the story of the late Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Students also watched a short video of Wangari Maathai telling the inspiring story of the hummingbird and you can watch it below. Mama Miti inspires each of us to do what we can to help in our own situations.