Hooray for May! Apparently it’s a big month for Mo Willems—new board book, new collection, new “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading” book. But Jerry Pinkney is also back with a retelling of one of my absolute favorite fairytales. And then there are all of these other exciting new titles! Who needs pretty flowers when there are all these pretty new books to smell? (I can think of one or two that might even get eaten…)
I led this branch Family Storytime in anticipation of our El día de los niños/El día de los libros program at the main library. For the record, I tend to use diverse books in all my storytimes and actively look for ways to promote diverse books at all times—not just on special celebrations like Día. April is also National Poetry Month, so I threw in a poem here, too.
Each year since grad school, I’ve tried to take one ALSC/YALSA e-course to keep my librarian skills sharp. This year I’m taking “Building Reflective Collections…Always Teens First” with Julie Stivers (@BespokeLib). I’ve loved the course so far, and I wanted to take a second to share a bit about what we did for one of the assignments.
I co-facilitated a training last Saturday called “Promoting Diversity and Equity Through Children’s Literature.” Representatives from Child Care Resource Network, SMART, and SOESD Early Childhood Services (where I was stationed as an AmeriCorps volunteer 2015-2016) developed this training last June. This was our second time presenting it in Medford, OR. I can’t share everything we talked about, but I’m happy to share my part—which mostly consisted of booktalking some of my favorite diverse reads for the 0-6 audience.
I have wanted to do this program ever since I saw this article in American Libraries last year. Now I’ve done it twice—once at each of our two small branches as an evening storytime. Take a look at all the fun we had this March!
It’s April Fools! But this isn’t a joke, folks. I actually met my own deadline this time. Here are the April releases I just can’t wait to get my hands on… when I have time for free reading, that is. Eventually, I’d love to post reviews of these books. We’ll see what the future holds. Yip-yip a dibby, dibby do-wop a dooooooooo!
Holy bagumba! Oregon Children’s Theatre presented John Glore’s play adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses from February 25-March 26, 2017 at the Winningstad Theatre in Portland. I was able to catch the show with my dear friend Niki on March 19.