STEAM Storytime: Gravity!

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Image credit: Gravity by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press, 2014)

This is the final recap of STEAM Storytime’s voyage into outer space, which happened back in March. On week 4 of the month-long series we talked about gravity. Basically, I dropped a bunch of things, shared one of my absolute favorite nonfiction picture book, and we made a mess with paint. Read on! Continue reading “STEAM Storytime: Gravity!”

STEAM Storytime: Astronauts!

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Image credit: Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly, illus. C. F. Payne (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

A month later (sorry, folks) I’m finally finishing my recap of STEAM Storytime’s voyage into outer space. On week 3 we talked about astronauts (aka “star sailors”) and “mousetronauts” (aka… “mouse sailors?”).  Read on to learn about how Star Wars hijacked storytime and how we made and launched paper rockets!

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STEAM Storytime: Moons & Planets!

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Image credit: Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian (Harcourt, 2007)

Week 2 of our month-long voyage into outer space brought a discussion about planets and their moons (did you know that Saturn has 62 moons?). Read on for a mini book tour of the planets, occasional space facts, and one of my favorite activities ever.

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STEAM Storytime: Stars!

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Image credit: How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, 2004).

New job, new program! Our STEAM Storytime is targeted for 3-6 year-olds. It happens on a Monday afternoon and we read at least one nonfiction book and end with a hands-on experiment. For the month of March, we’re traveling to outer space! Read on for the first week’s program.

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Caldecott 2018 predictions

It’s that time of year again where I start feverishly reading as many picture books as I can to come up with my top titles for The Randolph Caldecott Medal, which is awarded to “the most distinguished American picture book for children” of the year preceding its announcement. As is tradition, I will nominate seven titles below that I’m cheering for this year.  Continue reading “Caldecott 2018 predictions”

Storytime: Bravery!

It has been a busy month as I prepare for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in February. I’ve been so busy reading and reviewing that I’ve been mostly MIA. This plan is the last storytime I shared at my branch before transferring into my new position. I had planned on doing all my favorite books but then, perhaps in light of MLK Day, I decided to focus on bravery. We all could use some of that right now.

For information about my approach to storytime, check out this post.

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