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Friday, March 11, 2011

Two Children's Choice Awards!

Check these out--encourage kids to participate, or build some programs around these 2 children's choice awards. If you do, let me know!

The Children’s Choice Book Awards voting will open on Monday, March 14th. The downloadable ballot will be available here to use in your classroom or library. After you've tallied the kids' votes, you can enter them as a group into our online form, or encourage kids to enter their own votes online.

Awards will be given to books for kindergarteners through teens. Winners will be announced during Children's Book Week (May 2-8, 2011). Visit the Book Week site that week to find out the winners! More resources for teachers and librarians are available on the Book Week site here: http://www.bookweekonline.com/for-teachers

The Bank Street College of Education, in partnership with School Library Journal, is inviting librarians or teachers of first and second graders to read aloud and discuss the four finalists in the Irma Simonton Black & James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature and then submit the children's votes for the best picture book of the year. Public librarians can plan a pop-up program for after school or partner with their local schools for visits... ... the key is reading aloud great books, talking about what makes an excellent picture book and gathering the children's votes.
To participate, register here.
The four finalists are:
How Rocket Learned To Read (Random, 2010) by Tad Hills
Children Make Terrible Pets (Little, Brown, 2010) by Peter Brown
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea (S & S, 2010) by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Dust Devil (Random, 2010) by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky, a companion to Swamp Angel (Dutton, 1994)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Contests to Challenge Teen Creativity

YALSA and Figment have teamed up for an awesome contest in celebration of Teen Tech Week! Teens can write a 750-word essay on how to use a made-up steampunk apparatus on Figment and win an e-reader. So if you’re a teen (or you know one) who likes to write, likes steampunk, or just wants to try to win a cool prize, head over to Figment for the complete details! (from The Hub blog)

Sourcebooks Inc. and Ty Drago, author and publisher of the new The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, announced a drawing contest for anyone aged 8+. The rules are simple: draw in black and white OR color, a rotting cadaver pretending to be a normal person. The winner will receive a signed Advanced Reading Copy of The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses. He or she will also have her winning drawing displayed on the front page of the Undertakers website. Contest runs from March 1 through March 31, 2011. For more information, visit www.myTeenFire.com. (thanks to Patti Blount from Durand for this information)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fun Day in Hudson

Kids dancing at Hudson Beach Party
What do you do when school is out in your community? In Hudson, youth services staff Carol Hudson and Mary Davis, along with 5 adult and 8 teen volunteers, offered a fun day last month. This was the first time for them, and they were happy with the success of the event!
Younger game-players

73 kids in grades K-5 were there from 10 am to 4 pm. As you can imagine, there were lots of details to manage, and Carol worked hard to choreograph the transitions to keep things from descending into chaos. A variety of activities (games, dancing, stories, a movie, and a visit from Amelia Bedelia) kept things hopping.

It's hard to go wrong with a visit from Amelia Bedelia!
Aside from some planning and technical problems with the movie, the staff, volunteers and kids were all excited about how well this program went. Next time--and there will be a next time--they will require pre-registration to ease some of the anxiety of the unknown.

Older game-players

If you have questions about how this fabulous program was planned, publicized, or organized, contact Carol Hardin (carolhardin @ ifls.lib.wi.us).