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Friday, February 9, 2018

Summer Library Program Resources

A 3-part blog post!  The first two are information shared by our state consultant, Tessa Michaelson Schmidt.  The third is a reminder from me!

Part 1:

The Collaborative Summer Library Program online newsletter for January 2018 can be found here: https://www.cslpreads.org/cslp-newsletter-january-2018/

For those of you who like to plan ahead:

2018: Theme/Music; Slogan/”Libraries Rock”; Artist/Brian Pinkney
2019: Theme/Space; Slogan/”A Universe of Stories” Artist/Leeza Hernandez
2020: Theme/Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy; Artist/LeUyen Pham
2021: Theme/To be Determined; Artist/Salina Yoon

Part 2:

You can check out recently recorded webinars for the CSLP Early Literacy, Children’s, Teen, and Adult manuals created by the State Library of Iowa. Take a look if you feel that reviews of the manuals would help you with your summer plans.

The webinars are archived on the State Library of Iowa's website, here:

Part 3:

Don't forget to add your two cents to the Summer Library Program Resource Round-Up!  Send me a note to let me know about your favorite resources (books, websites, your own Pinterest boards) you use for SLP planning,  and I'll enter you into a drawing for a Libraries Rock T-Shirt.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Share Some Love!

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I think it would be cool to share some book love on this blog.  And some idea love.  So please send me a brief review of a favorite book or a quick story about an idea you have or a super cool program you had, or a really great thing a kid said and we'll put it in the blog.  

I'll start!

After the Cooperative Children's Book Center announced their Charlotte Zolotow Award, which is given to honor the best text in a picture book, I was even more excited to read the award-winner, which had been getting quite a bit of critical acclaim already.  I wasn't expecting to love the book quite as much as I did.  A Different Pond, by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui, is a gorgeously illustrated book about a Vietnamese American boy and his father on their pre-dawn fishing trip.  I loved the matter-of-fact way the story dealt with both the loving relationship between the boy and his father (and the rest of the family, for that matter) and with the immigrant experience.  The fishing trip is not recreational--they need the fish so they can have dinner that night.  The book doesn't skirt around the economic challenges the family faces, or about the difficult losses they have faced, but they are all described as a regular part of a life that also includes close family ties, good food, and plenty of chances for a young child to participate in the life and work of the household.  And the illustrations are so beautiful, they make me want to learn more about how to describe illustrations!

This book is a little long for storytime, but I would absolutely recommend for reading aloud to older kids, for just about any display (Midwest authors!  Lakes!  Fishing!  Families!  Fathers!), and for recommending to families and teachers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Early Literacy Awards

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is happy to announce the 2018 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy! 

The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories selected from a shortlist of 25 titles. Each category represents an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. The books, in their content, theme, or design, support caregivers’ interaction with their children through these five early literacy practices. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers.

READ: The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark; illustrated by Chuck Goenink
A rainy day entices a girl to the library.  Sitting in her favorite chair, she is soon surrounded by literary friends including Winnie the Pooh, Madeline, Pinnocchio, and more. After a fun visit to the library, she checks out her favorite book to take home and read.  This book models a child’s love of reading and how it can be enhanced by a trip to the library.

WRITE: Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage
Little Plane loves flight school where he and the other planes are learning to write in the sky. His arcs and dives are excellent, but he can’t seem to get the hang of loopity-loops. Finally, tracing the round shape of the moon inspires Little Plane to write the perfect loopity-loops. Drawing circles, arcs, and lines helps children learn to form letters, just like Little Plane.

TALK: Say Zoop! by Herve Tullet
Say Zoop! encourages children and caregivers to interact with the pages of the book by inviting them to place their fingers on different colored dots and make the sounds that the book describes for each dot. Making noises helps children practice the different sounds in words which will help them in acquiring language.

SING: Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Jef Kaminsky
Motor Goose is a compilation of classic nursery rhymes that have been rewritten with a transportation theme. Each page is a song centered on a different vehicle and set to familiar tunes such as Mary Had a Little Lamb or Itsy-Bitsy Spider. This book supports singing with children, whether it be classic nursery rhymes or modern children’s classics.

PLAY: Things to Do with Dad by Sam Zuppardi
A boy and his dad start the day making pancakes together, but dad’s looming to-do list puts a damper on their shared fun. The boy alters the list, inventing imaginative ways he and his dad can complete the chores together. This book models a variety of ways that adults and kids can playfully interact during their daily routine.

For more information and for a free activity sheet for each winning title, visit https://www.clel.org/bell-awards-winners