Blogger Angela Reynolds

January 27–Family Literacy Day in Canada!

It always a busy week — but the kind of busy that makes a children’s librarian smile. Tuesday night, I was invited to read at the local Family Resource Centre. 20 kids in their PJ’s listened and sang along with “Pickin’ Peas” by Margaret Read MacDonald. Wednesday, I was at an elementary school, with 148 students in grades Primary through 3 (that’s K-3 for those who don’t speak Nova Scotian). With 5 different groups I read “Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock” by Eric Kimmel, and then re-enacted it with puppets. Tomorrow night I’ll be telling a story at the Ceilidh being held at one of our branches. All across Canada, libraries, schools, and other family-centered organizations are holding celebrations, sing-alongs and special storytimes to commemorate literacy. It is a very feel-good holiday here in the land of snow and cold temps, something to warm our souls in the height of…

Children's Literature (all forms)

26th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference

The 26th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will be held on Thursday, April 8 & Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Kent State University Student Center, Kent, Ohio. The conference provides a forum for discussion of multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults. “New Horizons — the Next 25 Years!” is the theme of the conference, featuring authors Pam Muñoz Ryan and Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrator, R. Gregory Christie. The Thursday, April 8, evening program will feature a keynote address by the 12th Annual Virginia Hamilton Literary Award winner, Pam Muñoz Ryan and a performance by The HeartBEAT of Afrika. On April 9th, Friday, a variety of local and national speakers will present workshop sessions on multicultural picture books, notable books for a global society, young adult novels for girls, cultural graphic novels and puppet books. Friday’s conference agenda will include…

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Partnership Profile: Words on Wheels (WOW)

The program below is one of many featured on ALA’s online clearinghouse for school/public library cooperation managed by the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation. Visit the clearinghouse to learn more or share your own exemplary partnership! Title of Program: Youth Outreach / Words on Wheels (WOW) Type of Program: Public Library Visits to Schools Age level: Elementary & Secondary Description of Program: Outreach staff is available to share information about the library, reading and information literacy with students in all grades. Some of the programs we offer include: Website Introduction: we teach students to navigate the Library District website focusing on homework help, online tutors and tests, ordering library materials, emedia, and getting a library card. Nevada Reading Week Classroom Visits: Let us visit your Elementary classroom and share stories, information about the library, and the joy of reading when you celebrate Nevada Reading Week. Summer Reading Assemblies…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

School’s Out @ Your Public Library: Program Ideas for After School

The Texas State Library is hosting this webinar and has invited people from anywhere in the country to join in. It is free so take a look. Note that the time is CENTRAL and adjust for your location. Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 10-11 AM Central Time Providing innovative programming for the school-age crowd during the school year can be a challenge, especially when libraries are competing with children’s busy after-school schedules. Participants in this webinar will learn how to provide fun and educational programs for children ages 5-12 that will have them running to your library after the school bell rings. Programs featured include Chess Club, Fun with Science, Art Explorers, Craft Time, and a KidTrekkers around the world cultural program. About the Presenter Anne Neidinger is a Children’s Librarian at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science with a Youth Certification…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

The Kids are Still Reading

A Kaiser Family Foundation report has been released that finds that kids are still reading. “According to Generation M, total media usage by that age group rose to seven hours and 38 minutes per day in 2009 from six hours and 21 minutes in 2004. Time spent with digital media rose in all categories, while the use of print media fell from an average of 43 minutes per day in 2004 to 38 minutes in 2009.” According to the summary, “Over the past 5 years, time spent reading books remained steady at about :25 a day, but time with magazines and newspapers dropped (from :14 to :09 for magazines, and from :06 to :03 for newspapers). “ “The decline in reading print was due entirely to young people spending less time with magazines and newspapers over the last five years, while the time spent reading remained steady at about 25…

Children's Literature (all forms)

2010 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Charles R. Smith Jr., for “My People” (written by Langston Hughes, published by Atheneum) Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor: E.B. Lewis for “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” (written by Langston Hughes, published by Disney Jump at the Sun) Coretta Scott King Author Award: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of “Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal” (illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, published by Carolrhoda) Coretta Scott King Author Honor: Tanita D. Davis, author of “Mare’s War” (published by Knopf) The Coretta Scott King Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Walter Dean Myers Coretta Scott King Steptoe for New Talent 2010: Kekla Magoon, author of “The Rock and the River” (published by Aladdin)

Children's Literature (all forms)

Check out the ALSC Award list

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/2010medawardwin.cfm 2010 ALSC Award Winners In order to post the winning information as expeditiously as possible, we are providing a straight list of 2009 ALSC award winners, including book title, author, and publisher. Additional information, including annotations and book cover images for each award-winning title, will be posted to the individual award pages as soon as possible. Newbery Medal “When You Reach Me,” written by Rebecca Stead, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books Newbery Honor Books “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” written by Phillip Hoose, published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” written by Jacqueline Kelly, published by Henry Holt and Company “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” written by Grace Lin, published by Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” written by…

Children's Literature (all forms)

The Coretta Scott King Book Award Online Resource

The Coretta Scott King Book Award Online Curriculum Resource Center (http://TeachingBooks.net/csk) is a free, multimedia, online database for educators and families featuring more than 250 original recordings with award-winning authors and illustrators and hundreds of lesson plans. The resource center includes more than nine hours of originally produced audio with Coretta Scott King Book Award (CSK) authors and illustrators talking about their books in two- to three-minute clips. Searches can be executed by author, illustrator, title, grade level, and curriculum area, as well as by the year or specific Coretta Scott King Book Award citation. Select “All” to scroll through the cover images of all 231 different books that have received this great honor. In addition to free, online primary source materials (audio recordings and book readings), the collection features hundreds of lesson plans and original movies filmed in the studios of some of the award-winning authors and illustrators. This…