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Friday, January 14, 2011

Storytime Idea Swap

Storytime participants in Fall Creek show off their dino feet!
Some great ideas were shared at the Youth Services Storytime Swap yesterday. Here's a little report for you, if you weren't able to attend.

Book Suggestions (we didn't spend much time on this, please feel free to add your favorites in the comments):
I've Got Two Dogs, by John Lithgow. Heidi from Rice Lake says she uses this one with the CD, which is read/sung by John Lithgow. She doesn't usually do this, but the quality is so high, and kids love it. Plus, then families are introduced to the book/CD kits.

Adam from Clear Lake reminded us to use nonfiction with excellent pictures or photographs for storytimes, too. Who Hops, by Katie Davis; Whose Tail Is This? by Peg Hall; and books by Steve Jenkins were noted.

Since storytime audiences are trending younger, there was a short discussion of titles that will engage younger kids. Here are a few suggestions from the group--watch here for a bigger list, coming soon!

Jiggle Joggle Jee! by Laura Richards.
Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett. (extra fun if you get some cheap gloves for parents to use)
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox.

Activity suggestions:
In Osceola, they have a regular storytime, and are also offering 2 other monthly programs. In Artsy Smartsy, Tiffany shares a story and then they have art projects related to it. In The Best Ever Story Time, there is a regular storytime on a theme, and then an extra-special activity (one day the theme was llamas, and a staff member with a llama brought it in for a visit, and kids did art projects with llama fiber).

In Clear Lake, the kids help pick the themes! Also, the kids at storytime love to dress up, so many of the art projects are a hat or mask that kids make half-way through storytime to use to help act out a story in the second part of the program.

In St. Croix Falls, Cole said that painting, painting, painting is the most popular thing. Families stay longer and enjoy themselves more at every storytime when kids have time to explore with various kinds of painting projects.

In Balsam Lake, science projects (simple garden-related projects work best for them) and process art (where the emphasis is on the process of creation and exploration rather than a tidy product) are the most popular choices.

In Cumberland, Julie had great luck with a stuffed animal sleep-over at the library. They made little books with photos of each stuffed animals overnight adventures to give to kids the next morning.

Promotion suggestions:
In Rice Lake, they make one of the super-cool art projects that will be created at family storytime a few weeks ahead of time and put it in a prominent place with a "Want to make something like me? Come to the storytime on X date!"

In Prescott, Becky has contacted the school's video production teacher to ask if any students want to take on library promotion as their project. She has some kids coming to make a video in the next few weeks about storytime to put on the website and on the community access television channel.

Lori and Joey from Frederic also suggested sending information out to all the family and other daycares to invite them, but also ask them to tell parents about the evening storytime offerings. In addition, she works with the school, which heavily promotes the Friday morning storytimes with the 4K program.

Scheduling Suggestions:
Make sure to find out what is going on in your community and plan accordingly. Work with the 4K schedule. In Clear Lake, they have good luck scheduling storytime around CCD classes on Wednesday nights--parents drop older kids off at church and come to the library with their younger children. Don't be afraid to ask people what would work best!

To Theme or Not To Theme:
There was some discussion about themes, and how to keep them from taking over your storytime planning. Some participants were big advocates of themes as a way to help plan, organize and present. Some participants suggested that themes can be limiting--if you are chosing stories that are the best and most developmentally appropriate, sometimes trying to find them within a specific theme keeps you from sharing the best books, songs and fingerplays.

Others suggested themes like "Soft and Warm" give you a chance to engage the kids in discussion about the theme before you start, but are broad enough to include just about anything!

Frederic does a monthly theme (Around the World, etc) and also has an author of the month--they read one author per month.

Heidi from Rice Lake and Becky from Prescott reminded us: Don't be afraid to repeat tried and true favorite books, songs, fingerplays. Becky says it's great to have a few of them up your sleeve for when you need to bring kids' attention back to you.

Family Story Times
With evening or Saturday storytimes, you need to be prepared to engage a wide range of ages--toddlers to elementary school age. People shared some of their tips (preparing a variety of books and choosing according to the audience, having a craft or project for older kids to work on during the whole time, interactive things and music that appeal to a wide range of ages).

Favorite Websites

We talked about more than this, and this hardly does justice to the real, live discussion, but hopefully it will help some!

Watch for the next Youth Services Idea Swap in Bloomer in April.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Just In Case You Missed Them

The ALA awards for excellence in literature and media for teens and children have been announced! Here's the list--it's LONG. If you've read any of them, comment in the comment box about what you think! Any you thought you'd see on this list that aren't here?

Note: Even more awards will be featured next time! If you don't own these titles, you'll want to consider purchasing them.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.
Moon over Manifest, written by Clare Vanderpool. Delacorte/Random House.
Newbery Honor Books
Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm. Random House
Heart of a Samurai, written by Margi Preus. Amulet Books/ABRAMS.
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad/HarperCollins.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Phillip C. Stead. Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press.
Caldecott Honor Books:
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill. Little, Brown and Company.
Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein. Candlewick Press.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
Ship Breaker, written by Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown and Company.
Printz Honor Books:
Stolen, by Lucy Christopher. Chicken House/Scholastic Inc.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Inc.
Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook Press
Nothing, by Janne Teller. Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of an outstanding book for children and young adults.
One Crazy Summer, written by Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad/HarperCollins.
King Author Honor Books:
Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers. Amistad/HarperCollins.
Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown and Company.
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, written by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Lee & Low Books Inc.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill. Little, Brown and Company.
King Illustrator Honor Book:
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot, written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Sibert Honor Books:
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca. Neal Porter/Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press.
Lafayette and the American Revolution, written by Russell Freedman and published by Holiday House.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.
Bink and Gollie, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile. Candlewick Press.
Geisel Honor Books:
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! written and illustrated by Grace Lin. Little, Brown and Company.
We Are in a Book! written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Hyperion/Disney.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults during a November 1 - October 31 publishing year.
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, written by Ann Angel.Amulet/Abrams.
Nonfiction Finalists:
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement, by Rick Bowers. National Geographic Society.
The Dark Game: True Spy Stories, by Paul Janeczko. Candlewick Press.
Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates, by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw. Charlesbridge

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
Ages 0-10: The Pirate of Kindergarten, written by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril. Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster.
Ages 11-13 After Ever After, written by Jordan Sonnenblick. Scholastic Press.
Teens Ages 13-18 Five Flavors of Dumb, written by Antony John and published by Dial Books/Penguin Group.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book translated from a language other than English and subsequently published in the United States
A Time of Miracles. Originally published in French in 2009, written by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet. Delacorte Press/Random House.
Batchelder Honor Books:
Departure Time, written by Truus Matti and translated by Nancy Forest-Flier. Namelos.
Nothing, written by Janne Teller and translated by Martin Aitken. Atheneum/Simon & Schuster .
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís. Scholastic.
Belpré Author Honor Books:
¡Olé! Flamenco, written and illustrated by George Ancona. Lee & Low Books Inc.
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba, written by Margarita Engle. Henry Holt.
90 Miles to Havana, written by Enrique Flores-Galbis. Roaring Brook Press.
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
Grandma's Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez. Walker/Bloomsbury.
Belpré Illustrator Honor Books:
Fiesta Babies, illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla. Tricycle/Crown /Random House.
Me, Frida, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky. Abrams.
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams.

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, given annually to English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.
Almost Perfect, written by Brian Katcher. Delacorte Press/Random House.
Stonewall Honor Books:
will grayson, will grayson, written by John Green and David Levithan. Dutton Books/Penguin Group.
Love Drugged, written by James Klise. Flux/Llewellyn.
Freaks and Revelations, written by Davida Willis Hurwin. Little, Brown and Company.
The Boy in the Dress, written by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Penguin.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
The Freak Observer, written by Blythe Woolston. Carolrhoda/Lerner.
Morris Finalists:
Hush, by Eishes Chayil. Walker/Bloomsbury.
Guardian of the Dead, by Karen Healey. Little, Brown and Company.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride. Henry Holt.
Crossing the Tracks, by Barbara Stuber. Margaret McElderry/Simon & Schuster .

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video
Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods, producers of The Curious Garden. Based on the book of the same name, written and illustrated by Peter Brown, and is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, with music by David Mansfield.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
The True Meaning of Smekday, written by Adam Rex and narrated by Bahni Turpin. Listening Library.
Odyssey Honor Recordings:
Alchemy and Meggy Swann, written by Karen Cushman and narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Listening Library.
The Knife of Never Letting Go, written by Patrick Ness and narrated by Nick Podehl. Brilliance Audio.
Revolution, written by Jennifer Donnelly and narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering. Listening Library.
will grayson, will grayson, written by John Green and David Levithan, and narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl. Listening Library.

For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/