Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LSTA Early Literacy Grant Opportunity

Are you considering applying for a LSTA early literacy grant?  This is the final year that applications are available in this special category that complements the Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative. 

The Spooner Public Library is currently implementing two new projects as part of a 2014 NWLS system-wide LSTA early literacy grant. What is your dream early literacy project?  Apply today and make it happen! 
Examples from Spooner Public Library's  LSTA early literacy grant project with NWLS
Public libraries and/or public library systems are eligible applicants. Public libraries and public library systems can submit collaborative grants with other public libraries and/or systems. One library/system must serve as primary grant administrator. 

The 2015 LSTA application is open and more information about the application process can be found on the LSTA web page.  The application form can be used for practice; applications are only official when you click “submit application” on page 15 of the form.  Online grant applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on September 8, 2014; a signed certification form must be postmarked by September 8th or signed, scanned and emailed by the same time and date to Terrie Howe.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Felt Board Table

Felt Board Table by Lisa Shaia from Thrive After Three
Lisa Shaia from the blog Thrive After Three shared a great idea for a drop-in activity for young children and their families. Check out her post about how to create a felt board table to use as a passive programming station.

Monday, July 14, 2014

If You're App-y and You Know It

The number of early literacy apps is growing as fast as the number of ways to use the apps in a public library setting. With all of these choices, it can be difficult to know the best way to start a new service at your library or update an existing one.  

Below are a few links for exploring all things apps--which ones to include, how to share with children and families, and what kinds of management strategies you might consider.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What Do Babies Actually See?

Look through the eyes of a newborn using a website feature from the PBS series, "The Secret Life of the Brain."  View a photo from the vision perspective of a baby at various age markers and see how it compares to what an adult sees. Does this influence how you use books and props with babies?
The Baby's Brain: Infant Vision

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Read On Wisconsin Summer 2014 Titles

Read On Wisconsin began as on online book club created by former Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle in 2004. Read On Wisconsin continues to be an online literacy program that highlights high quality books for children and teens throughout our state. Read On Wisconsin features recommended books each month for children and teens at five different age-group levels.  

Read On Wisconsin runs from September-May each year, with selections offered for the summer months. Below are the 2014 summer titles for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Read On Wisconsin Summer 2014 Titles for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell. Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2003 
Poem:“Baby in a High Chair” by Jack Prelutsky, p. 23 in  Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007.

Con mi hermano / With My Brother by Eileen Rowe. Illustrated by Robert Casilla. Bradbury, 1991
Poem:“Brother” by Mary Ann Hoberman, pp. 44-45 in  Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007.

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989
Poem:“Berries” by Lilian Moore, pp. 56-57 in  Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007.

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007
Poem:“Chicks” by Eric Finney, p. 35 in Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Is Your Picture Book Collection Missing Something?

The Charlotte Zolotow Award
Everyone knows to look no further than the Caldecott for picture books with distinguished illustrations.  But what about distinguished picture book text?

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year. The award is administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A complete list of winners, honor books, and highly commended titles is included on the CCBC's website. The past 17 winners are shown below.  Are they in your collection?
Charlotte Zolotow Award Winners 1998-2014


Monday, June 30, 2014

Early Literacy Storytime Asides


In this short video (4:45), early literacy consultant Saroj Ghoting demonstrates three asides: the example aside, the explain aside, and the empower aside.  These are simple and effective ways to convey early literacy concepts to parents and caregivers during storytime.  

Saroj Ghoting demonstrates three asides in this video