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November is… Picture Book Month

1 Nov

PBMBADGE-AMBASSADOR-FBAll this month, I’ll be sharing my picture book love on my blog as part of Picture Book Month! I’ll be highlighting a different book each day that matches that day’s theme according to the 2017 Calendar and I’ll be sharing the link to each author/illiustrator’s essays on why picture books are important. These essays make for great reading each day and it’s fun to see the similarities and differences each person writes about. Check out the calendar below to get a sneak preview of this year’s themes and get ready to share some awesome picture books!

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Today Is… Books with Barbers Day!

25 Oct

15253383_1250095665042921_7785180883599152827_n.jpgIf you haven’t heard about this awesome way to share literacy with kids, check it out! Books with Barbers works “works with barber shops to close the literacy gap for young African American males. Our goal is to fully equip local barbershops with reading libraries that attract the interest of school-aged boys and to positively impact local neighborhoods and the families who live there.”

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Teens, Stress & Anxiety

13 Oct

I just recently read an article inĀ The New York Times about the number of teens who are experiencing severe anxiety. And my first thought, was how horrible that so many young people have to deal with what can be a debilitating disorder, but also what can we do, as a library, to help.

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Weekend Plans – Princeton Children’s Book Festival

23 Sep

092317CBFSavedate3I’m hanging out at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival this weekend with a TON of authors, illustrators and book lovers! I’ve got Christmas and birthday gifts checked off my list for the next year or two for all the awesome kiddos in my life and I couldn’t leave without adding a few titles to my personal library! If you’re in the Princeton area, check out this awesome event!

#ClassroomBookaDay

21 Sep

jillian1.jpgI just recently heard a podcast on Books Between about Classroom Book a Day with it’s creator, Jillian Heise. I love the idea of reading a book every day kids are in school and not only that, but reading picture books to middle grade students. Jillian was inspired by Donalyn Miller and her summer vacation Book a Day challenge – and up-ed the ante to include her students.

I love the idea of teaching about a global perspective, theme, character development and so much more in a very short amount of time and then getting the chance to compare these ideas across a wide array of texts. This idea also promotes visual literacy which is becoming more and more integrated into students’ lives.

As I was listening to the podcast, I thought of a really interesting blog project – Blog Book a Day, if teacher’s can find five minutes to read a picture book during the school day, I should be able to do the same during my day. And it’s perfect in that I have access to a TON of picture books at the library, so I’ll never really have an excuse. So, I’m thinking about hashing out these details to start in January. It sounds like a great project!

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