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Picture Book Month Review

1 Dec

I participated in Picture Book Month, posting a picture book title each day of November that coincided with the theme for the day. If you missed a day or two, take a look!

November 1 – Introduction
November 2 – Mothers
November 3 – Friends
November 4 – Monkeys
November 5 – Storms & Typhoons
November 6 – Humor
November 7 – Farmers
November 8 – Libraries
November 9 – Animals
November 10 – Dinosaurs
November 11 – Dogs
November 12 – Books
November 13 – Kindness
November 14 – Fathers
November 15 – Birds
November 16 – Shapes
November 17 – Family
November 18 – Cats
November 19 – Artists & Painters
November 20 – Courage
November 21 – Imagination
November 22 – Creativity
November 23 – Grandparents
November 24 – Lions
November 25 – Cities
November 26 – Turtles
November 27 – Reading & Writing
November 28 – Freedom
November 29 – School
November 30 – Christmas

PBMBADGE-AMBASSADOR-FBYou’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great picture books surrounding a specific theme.


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!



Picture Book Month Recap

1 Dec

PBMBADGE-AMBASSADOR.jpgI spent the month of November posting book suggestions for each day of the month with themes from the Picture Book Month website.  There are ten suggestions for each theme – some new, some older classics, some perfect for larger storytime groups and others perfect to snuggle one-on-one!  Take a look and enjoy! And if you have a little extra time, I strongly suggest heading over to the Picture Book Month website and checking out the essays that children’s book authors and illustrators wrote about the importance of picture books!

November 1 – Bears
November 2 – School
November 3 – Monkeys
November 4 – Dogs
November 5 – Fractured Fairytales/Tall Tales
November 6 – Food
November 7 – Presidents/Elections
November 8 – Pirates
November 9 – Reading/Books
November 10 – Dinosaurs
November 11 – Peace
November 12 – Cats
November 13 – Mice
November 14 – Music
November 15 – Travel
November 16 – Jungle
November 17 – Insects
November 18 – Birds
November 19 – Babies/Kids
November 20 – Weather
November 21 – History
November 22 – Pumpkins/Fall
November 23 – Chocolate/Dessert
November 24 – Holidays
November 25 – Farm
November 26 – Sports
November 27 – Family
November 28 – Under the Sea
November 29 – Chickens
November 30 – Bunnies

Concept Picture Books (or How to Make More Room!)

10 Apr

conceptsIn my library our pictures books are shelved around a large square with shelves around the inside and outside of the square.  It’s a really cool idea – leaving space for families and kids to read on the inside and is open so that adults can see over the shelves to keep an eye on kids in the play area as well.  Unfortunately, the way our shelves are set up we have no room to expand the shelving unit to create more shelves in the same area.  And even with weeding our collection, we’re still bursting at the seams!

So, a few years ago when we received our Family Place recognition, we began moving our Parent/Teacher resources to another area we were lucky to have a large shelving unit next to our picture book area that was available.  We decided to pull out a few concepts that parents/teachers are constantly asking for – Alphabet, Colors, Counting, and Shapes.  This allowed us to free up a little bit of space in our picture book area, while also allowing patrons to easily find commonly asked for materials.  Last night as I was catching up with the blogs I follow, I came across this awesome idea from The Show Me Librarian, that I would love to do – “Little Learners Browsing Bins.”  Another take on concept books and straying away from shelving all our books according to the Dewey Decimal System.

Just last year, we also pulled out our Christmas books into the same shelving unit and we had hoped to add more holidays, but unfortunately ran out of space.  Now, over the past three months, we have continued to do a lot of weeding, removed the majority of our reference collection (adding much of it to our circulating collection) and have found a little more space again.  It’s my hope that (maybe) before summer reading we can again get back to moving our holiday books out of our picture book area and into their own shelving unit.  We’ve don’t a lot of shifting, weeding, moving, and deleting and our library is really beginning to look nice.  Outdated materials are out the door, the shelves look clean and bright and I’m hoping our circulation statistics will show what a nice, updated collection can do!

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