Early Literacy

Savoring Sound

I was the substitute librarian for two preschool storytimes yesterday. Since none of these children knew me, we spent some time having each child (who was willing) say his or her name aloud. After each child’s name, we slowly savored the different sounds in the name, noticing what our tongues were doing to make the different sounds, talking about beginning sounds that were the same in the names of others in the room. As an aside to the caregivers, I mentioned phonemic awareness. (Reading Rockets has an article about phonemic awareness.) We then talked about how all words, including our names, are made up of different sounds put together. Every Child Ready to Read @ your Library, a joint project of ALSC and the Public Library Association (PLA), has many ideas of how to promote early literacy skills as well as a wiki to share ideas.

Blogger Bethany Lafferty

More Tools from Kids! @ Your Library

Greetings! As another school year begins have you been searching for titles that excite kids about libraries? Check out the titles on Kids! @ your library Tool Kit. Here is a baker’s dozen, picture books to read aloud to kids both in and out of your library! These familiar friends and surprising newcomers are guaranteed to delight boys and girls in grades K — 8. Picture books can be used to help younger kids feel comfortable with library routines and terminology when they visit. Nonfiction titles can be used with all to deepen knowledge and appreciation of libraries. A chapter read aloud from a fiction book during a visit is a sure-fire winner for older boys and girls. Download free logos and line art to customize your own bookmarks. You might even want to include a quotable quote from Julie Andrews, Lilian Jackson Braun, Maurice Sendak or others. Enjoy exploring…

Children's Literature (all forms)

Suggest Titles for
the 2009 Batchelder Award

ALSC members are invited to suggest titles for the 2009 Mildred L. Batchelder Award given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during the preceding year. Please remember that only books from the 2008 publishing year are under consideration for the award. You may send recommendations with full bibliographic information to Sandra Imdieke, Committee Chair at: simdieke@nmu.edu The award will be announced at the press conference during the ALA Midwinter meeting in January, 2009.

Children's Literature (all forms)

2008 Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

In 1974, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) created the Carter G. Woodson Book Award to “encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social science books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and relations sensitively and accurately.” An award book and an honor book are named in three levels. The titles selected by the 2008 committee are: Elementary Level, Grades K — 6 2008 Award: Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, Lee & Low Books, 2007 2008 Honor: Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe, illustrated by Richard Waldrep, Lee & Low Books, 2007 Middle Level, Grades 5 — 8 2008 Award: Black and White Airmen: Their True History by John Fleischman, Houghton Mifflin, 2007 2008 Honor: Sophisticated Ladies: The Great Women of Jazz by Leslie Gourse, illustrated by Martin French,…

Blogger Kiera Parrott

Storytimes for Autistic Children

Between 1 and 1.5 million Americans are autistic.  It is the fastest-growing developmental disability, seeing an increase of over 10% each year (Autism Society of America).   It is no surprise, then, for librarians to be seeing increasing numbers of autistic children at their programs. In early May, a teacher contacted me about bringing her class for a library visit.  The teacher seemed nervous on the phone and explained that her students were special- all of them had different forms of autism- many on the lower-functioning end of the autistic spectrum.  She was worried about how the students would behave and whether I could “handle” them.  I assured her that the library is a welcoming place, that we no longer expect absolute silence in our buildings and that I was more than happy to meet her kids. I decided to do a bit of research on autism, the autism spectrum, and…

Library Design and Accessibility

Professional Reading: Dynamic Youth Services through Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation

In this book, Eliza Dresang, Melissa Gross and Leslie Edmonds Holt bring together the rationale and how-to of outcome-based planning and evaluation (OBPE). Why? From page 15: Using outcomes provides a systematic way to find out if services are meeting or exceeding the goals set for them, what works best for the people who use services, and how to change programs and services as the kids in a community change. In addition, outcome-based evaluation helps determine how to best use available resources and get the additional resources needed to provide library service to children in the service area. Plan what you want to evaluate. Involve the opinions of those you are serving. It only makes sense, but how many of us do it? I am struck by the three Levels of planning the authors describe in chapter 4. It’s so simple to start small, to get a feel for it,…


Posting on the ALSC Blog

Many thanks to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) members and staff who create the content that is the ALSC Blog! Some ALSC members contribute regularly, some as they have information (and the time). Here’s the ALSC Blog Policy. If you are a member of ALSC and would like to write for the ALSC Blog or if you have information/topic which you wish to be considered for a blog post, please send an email to alscblog@gmail.com. Sincerely, Teresa Walls Manager, ALSC Blog P.S. ALSC committee members: This blog is a great way to share the important work your committee is doing.

Audio books

Be Quiet! I’m Listening! Free Webcast

Recorded Books and SLJ are sponsoring a free webcast event on September 28, 2008 at 02:00 PM (ET) focusing on strategies for incorporating audiobooks into K-12 literacy. “Recorded books are a research-validated tool for improving vocabulary, comprehension, and literacy skills for young readers of all abilities and are especially effective with emerging, reluctant, and ESL readers. Recorded books can also be incorporated into the school library and media center’s strategies to keep the attention of their “2.0” students with new devices such as the Playaway, a single title audiobook in a tiny package with “press and play” sensibilities that is perfect for tween and teen readers.” Panelists include Mary Burkey, Teacher-Librarian, Olentangy Liberty Middle School, Powell, OH, Lee Ann Spillane, former Reading Writing Center Coordinator, Cypress Creek High School, Orlando, FL, Patti Tjomsland, Library Media Specialist, Mark Morris High School, Longview, WA, and Hillary Wolfe, Intervention Coordinator, Camino Nuevo Academy,…