In 2011, I read a most unique (at that time) picture book—Herve Tullet’s Press Here. My guess is that most of you are now familiar with the book, but in case you are not: Tullet created an interactive story where the author instructs the child to press a yellow dot which appears to affect when happens after the page turn. Thanks to the child’s directed actions, the dot multiplies, changes colors, moves around the page, and grows. Meanwhile, the child gets a chance to tap, rub, tilt, and blow on the book. I though the book was brilliant. In a way, it mimicked interacting with a tablet while still giving the child an experience with a book. I was so delighted with Press Here that I purchased multiple copies that holiday season and gave it to every toddler and preschooler I know. Several relatives of these kids told me…
Final call for your suggestions for the 2019 Caldecott Award! ALSC members are invited to submit book titles from the 2018 publishing year by December 15 for consideration. The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States in English during the preceding year. For the complete terms and criteria, refer to the ALSC website. Have your ALA login & password handy to access the suggestion forms, and go here to post your suggestion(s)! With thanks, Mary Fellows 2019 Caldecott Committee Chair This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.
Photo Credit: Tired by Andrew Bardwell (photo of baby yawning) You know the look-the tired eyes, the coffee cup in hand, the weary smile. It’s the look of a caregiver who has been trying, unsuccessfully, to get some sleep. Maybe the child is a newborn or maybe they’re a negotiating preschooler, but it’s a common thread among adults-the cry of why won’t you sleep? The theme of kids not sleeping has long been a picture book go to, but the theme has gotten especially creative this year with books published for the adults as much as their kids. These new picture books are sure to get laughs and nods from the adults in storytime as they see themselves and their kids in the pages.
Celebrating Pura Belpré’s Birthday! February 2nd is Pura Belpré’s birthday – for those of you playing along at home, she’d have 119 candles on the cake! Continuing my unofficial, non-sequential series of how to incorporate multicultural offerings in every program, we’re going to see how we can make Pura’s award winners come to life! But first… Who was Pura Belpré? For those of you just joining us, Pura Belpré was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico. By serendipitous circumstances, she ended up in New York City for her sister’s wedding and was hired by a public library. Huge emphasis on this, folks: it was 1920 and they were looking to hire young women from ethnically diverse backgrounds! Imagine that! Almost 100 years ago! Her career took her from the Bronx to the Lower East Side, where she spread the love of stories in English and Spanish – which had never been done before. As…
As a librarian, I always think of how I can best serve my community, in terms of meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations. In each community that I have worked in, the needs have changed slightly. In my current position, working as a children’s librarian in a growing and changing community, I have noticed that the community is hungry for literacy help.
Learn how one MLIS student will never again consider children’s picture books to be simple books, intended just for children.
Here in Missouri it’s just started to feel like winter and we are all eagerly awaiting the first snowfall.
Today is bound to be a hectic, anxious day for many. Since November is Picture Book Month, let’s take a look at this 32-page miracle that may help ease the tension of this day.