ALA Annual 2017

Notable Children’s Books Nominees – #alaac17

The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. Here is the list of titles which will be discussed at the ALA Annual Meetings in Chicago beginning next week. Enjoy! PICTURE BOOKS Big Cat, little cat. By Elisha Cooper. Roaring Brook Press (9781626723719). Birds Make Nests. By Garland, Michael. Holiday House (9780823436620). Bob, Not Bob! By Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick. Illus. by Matthew Cordell. Disney/Hyperion (9781484723029). The Book of Mistakes. By Corinna Luyken. Dial Books/Penguin Random…

Blogger Heather Acerro

Program in a Post: Captain Underpants Celebration!

With this post, a little money, and mostly paper (much of it toilet paper), you can throw a toilet-tastic Captain Underpants Celebration! Activities: Dirty Diaper Toss – Create some dirty diapers (we used paint and beanbags to fill them) and have kids toss them into a toilet (we used a new toilet seat over a bucket). Create Your Own Comics – Put out a bunch of comic blanks and invite kids to write and draw their own comics. Toilet Paper Contests – Invite kids to work together to create the tallest toilet paper tower or race against each other to build a tower the fastest. Belch the Alfabet Bakwards – A little root beer goes a long way. Fart Zones – Create some signage indicating fart zones and no fart zones. Little kids love practicing their reading on funny words! Poopify Your Name! – Have kids create nametags with their…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Build a Better World – Sustainability STEM programming!

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STEM and STEAM this summer! Summer reading is a great time to market ourselves, but it’s even better for starting new programs.  Get kids hooked on STEM and STEAM programming!  Focusing on “Build a Better World”, try these three “hot” topics that all touch on Sustainability: Global warming Princeton University created a game and teaching guide that children from fifth grade up can enjoy and learn with – The Wedges Game! This is a “team-based exercise that teaches players about greenhouse gases, plus technologies that reduce carbon emissions” (Wedges Game) Try out this resource for even more ideas!  STEM Learning Take these programs a step further! Have kids debate the issues Have kids draw up policies and recommendations to present to local councils Nothing increases a child’s understanding of topics better than a little research, a bit of debating and then presenting to others.  And what better way to build a better world than…

Blogger Pamela Groseclose

Crossing over into Young Adult : Books like Percy Jackson for Tweens

Summer is finally here! For librarians, summer reading busy time that usually has us constantly reaching for chocolate. For tweens, summer is an exciting time that prepares them for changes in the new upcoming school year. As they take in these changes, they might wonder where their place is in the library.   Some libraries are lucky to have a section of their collection specifically for tweens, but other libraries might have their collections divided into a children and a teen section. If your library is part of the latter group, your tweens might be going back and forth between sections to try to find books. This could lead to frustration for both kids and parents. So how can librarians help to bridge the gap between these sections?  One resource librarians can use are state book lists.  These lists are designed by educators for grades 4-8.  Each state has their own unique list,…