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October 2015

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Storytimes : Mother Goose   /   Monsters

Readalikes : Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


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National Book Award Finalists Announced:

Reading While White Blog:

    A new blog, "Reading While White" debuted this month, co-created by Nina Lindsay of the Oakland Public Library, along with Sam Bloom, Allie Jane Bruce, K.T. Horning, Angie Manfredi, and Megan Schliesman. Check out the blog here:

    Nina Lindsay stated, "We at Reading While White believe that it is imperative that White people take on the task of educating themselves about race, racism, and Whiteness, rather than always rely on people of color to do the educating. That's what we hope to accomplish with this blog."

Novel-Ties Videos Offered by Multnomah County Library:

    Check out this new resource from the Multnomah County Library (Oregon): Novel-Ties!

    Multnomah County Library School Corps librarians wanted to share these videos, in hopes they will be useful in serving schools, educators and library workers.

    Cathy Camper, a School Corps librarian, sent this message: "Novel-ties videos will introduce fiction for 4th-8th grade students that was published in late 2014 and early 2015. We've chosen titles specifically for their discuss-ability, and most titles received multiple starred reviews. We've included discussion/extension ideas and related websites for each. These videos work best on computers and laptops; some features will not work on tablets or mobile devices. "

Bridge To Reading 2016 Award Nominees Announced: . The Bridge to Reading Picture Book Award nominees have been announced. The purpose of this award is to promote early literacy and reading. Ten books have been nominated, including B.J. Novak's The Book With No Pictures and Brian Won's Hooray for Hat!

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"BookPALS" - a Project of the Screen Actor's Guild Foundation

BookPALS, which stands for Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools, is a project of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. It is their "signature children's literacy program," with the goal of developing the love of reading in children and to promote the art of storytelling.

Professional actors and performers volunteer their time to this free program, reading at schools, hospitals, libraries, and social service agencies. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation operates BookPALs branches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New England, New York, Florida, and Arizona. In the Bay Area, BookPALS has over 150 volunteers reading at various sites, including Children's Fairyland in Oakland and at Read Across America events for Dr. Seuss's birthday. They partnered with the San Francisco Public Library to organize and participate in the Dia de los Ninos, Dia del los Libros.

Many librarians know of the Screen Actors Guild's website Storyline Online, , where noted actors read award-winning children's books (and show the illustrations), to bring the read-aloud experience to children who may not live in a community with a library or a storytime.

The Bay Area BookPALS would like to expand their efforts to include more libraries in Oakland, Fremont, San Jose, and nearby areas. Their program coordinator Stephanie Tang did an interview by email to give librarians more information on how to partner with BookPALS:

  • ACL: Hi Stephanie! How did you get involved in BookPALS?

  • Stephanie: I applied and was hired! With my background in social justice work and amateur librarian-ing of a Little Free Library, BookPALS is a perfect fit. The mission of reading to deserving kids and creating opportunities for all kids to have a love of language truly speaks to me.

  • ACL: We know the professional actors are trained in projecting their voices and other techniques that will help them read aloud to an audience. What type of training do the actors receive on dealing with young audiences?

  • Stephanie: Our performers attend an orientation and are offered additional training opportunities about literacy topics. For example, BookPALS just learned about the tenets of Social Emotional Learning and how to incorporate these concepts in a book sharing. As for young audiences, our BookPALS love the special energy and feedback of young audiences. We ask out BookPALS to engage with the kids, but BookPALS always have a teacher, librarian or other educator with them for the extra sticky moments.

  • ACL: How are the books chosen for these read-aloud visits?

  • Stephanie: Our performers work with the host in determining the best books for the situation. If a teacher is doing a unit on bugs, then the BookPAL read relevant material. We ask our performers to read books they love and find they can bring their gifts to any material. My BookPALS could read the phone book and it would still be enthralling!

  • ACL: What type of space is needed for a library to host a BookPALS program?

  • Stephanie: Performers can make any space work. Of course, we love a reading rug!

  • ACL: Is there a size limit to the audience? Or can the actors read to large groups?

  • Stephanie: We find our performers do best in groups where they can interact with the reader. We find a group of 50 or smaller ideal. For larger groups, perhaps a reader's theater performance would be more appropriate.

  • ACL: How can libraries and other organizations contact you to set up a BookPALS event?

  • Stephanie: There are two ways to set up a BookPAL event -- visit the website or contact me at [email protected] .

  • ACL: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us!

    Penny Peck, San Jose State Univ. iSchool

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    Fall Board Book Round-up, Part I

    As their older siblings go back to school, many babies and toddlers (and their caregivers) will be going back to the library for their own reading selections. In this month's column, we will look at some of the new board books featuring favorite characters, and those adapted from picture books. Next month, we will feature board book series. Let's look at what's new in board books:

    Individual Board Books / Holiday Titles / Board Books Adapted from Picture Books

    BOARD BOOKS - Individual Board Books

    Tripp, Analisa. A is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC. Illus by Lyn Risling. Heydey Books, 2015. 28p. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-59714-316-5.

      A is for Acorn - book cover image With lovely colored pencil illustrations, this simple ABC of things relating to California Indian culture would make a great gift book, but libraries should also consider purchasing multiple copies. It works well as an alphabet book, with just the letter and one word, such as basket, canoe, or deer representing that letter.

      It will also work with 3rd and 4th grade classes studying local and California history; students can look up each item, such as yucca, and discover why it is important to a particular tribe. The author and illustrator are both Karuk tribe members with extensive personal and educational experiences with the cultures of California Indians.

    Ajmera, Maya. Global Baby Bedtimes. Charlesbridge, 2015. 18p. $6.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-708-2.

      Global Baby Bedtimes- book cover image In this fifth board book from the Global Fund for Children, color photos of sleeping and yawning babies are captioned with the name of the country of origin, along with a brief description of where babies sleep. All major ethnic groups are represented in this celebration of babies around the world; highly recommended.

    Aardman Animations Ltd. Shaun the Sheep Movie: Timmy in the City. Candlewick, 2015. 22p. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7875-3.

      Timmy in the City- book cover image Based on the popular Claymation-style animated film, Timmy is a young sheep in a flock led by Shaun, who live on a farm in the UK. Illustrated with color stills from the film, and with a text a little too wordy for the audience, this is likely to appeal only to fans of the film so it is not an essential purchase.

    BOARD BOOKS - Holiday Titles

    Patricelli, Leslie. Boo! Candlewick, 2015. 28p. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6320-9.

      Boo - book cover image In the newest entry featuring the popular baby with one springy hair growing out of its head, Halloween is coming. A pumpkin is chosen, a costume decided upon (a traditional ghost made out of a sheet), and trick-or-treating begins. The deeply saturated colors of the cartoonish illustrations work well with the simple declarative text. A great choice for a baby storytime and for library circulation.

    Laden, Nina. Peek-a-BOO! Chronicle, 2015. 20p. $6.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-3396-6.

      Peek-a-BOO - book cover image Die-cut holes lead to full-color illustrations of various things related to Halloween in this companion to Laden's Peek-a-WHO? And Peek-a-ZOO! Each is captioned with a rhyming phrase: "Peek-a Goo" shows the pulp in a pumpkin, "Peek-a Flew" shows some bats, and so on. A nice guessing game but not an essential purchase.

    Newman, Tracy. Hanukkah Is Coming! Illus. by Viviana Garofoli. Kar-Ben, 2015. 12p. $5.99. ISBN 978-1-4677-5241-1.

      Hanukkah Is Coming - book cover image The title phrase is repeated after each two-line rhyme per page in this simple introduction to the holiday. Storytime listeners can call out that repeated phrase, and the color collage illustrations will work with a small audience, and of course, one-on-one. Children are likely to understand the candles, chocolate coins, latkes, and dreidel, but hopefully the parents can expand the text with a story about the Maccabees. Good for daycare and preschool groups looking for a simple read-aloud about Hanukkah.

    Night & Day Studios. Peekaboo Presents Illus. by Corey Lunn. Candlewick, 2015. 20p. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7567-7.

      Peekaboo Presents - book cover image Based on an app with the same name, the board book version asks the reader "What's in the [color] box?" under the Christmas tree. In each instance, the reader lifts the flap on the box of that color to see what gift Santa has brought. Along with the color cartoon illustration of the gift is the name of that item, making this useful to emergent readers.

      Readers can benefit from the repeated pattern of the text, and the book also demonstrates the names for colors. As a board book, this works very well if you need something with a Christmas theme, and works independently from the app. Readers can also go to the Night & Day Studios website to play a related game.

    BOARD BOOKS - Adapted from Picture Books

    Opie, Iona, ed. Snuggle Up with Mother Goose Illus. by Rosemary Wells. Candlewick, 1996/1999/2015. 24p. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7867-8.

      Snuggle Up with Mother Goose - book cover image Nursery rhymes and illustrations from Opie and Wells' two large picture book compilations of Mother Goose, 1996's My Very First Mother Goose, and 1999's Here Comes Mother Goose, are adapted into this smaller book that is perfect for babies. The traditional British rhymes are matched to illustrations of bunnies, cats, and other animals in human dress, demonstrating Wells' grace and charm. The rhymes are arranged by subject, from morning until nighttime; this would make a great gift as well as a library purchase due to its sturdy pages and cover.

    Browne, Anthony. One Gorilla: A Counting BookCandlewick, 2012/2015. 24p. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7915-6.

      One Gorilla - book cover image This counting book focuses on members of the gorilla family, including orangutans, mandrills, macaques, and lemers. Younger children can count each animal on the page and learn the numerals, and older children can discover the primates (including humans). Browne's realistic paintings show the animals with engaging facial expressions, showing their intelligence. Even in this smaller size, this book is effective.

    Waddell, Martin. Owl BabiesIllus. by Patrick Benson. Candlewick, 1992/2015. 22p. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7961-3.

      Owl Babies- book cover image This storytime classic has been adapted into a hand-held board book, but doesn't really lose anything in the change, except this version is too small to use at storytime. But one-on-one, this is an excellent book on a mother's love, with a text that contains repetition. The black ink and watercolors depict a dark night in the forest and work fine in this smaller size. An excellent choice for libraries.

    Haughton, Chris. Shh! We Have a Plan Candlewick, 2014/2015. 40p. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7977-4.

      hh! We Have a Plan - book cover image Three hunters with nets are trying to capture a red bird, but fail every time; their small companion attracts a plethora of birds with some crumbs but the hunters are soon outnumbered. Even young children will appreciate the humor in this anti-hunting tale, with the smallest person as the hero. The brief text contains repetition that will engage listeners, and the digital illustrations emphasize the dark forest using shades of blue. Use the picture book version for storytime but offer this to parents for sharing at home.

    Carle, Eric, and Friends. What's Your Favorite Animal?Holt, 2014/2015. 28p. $8.99. ISBN 978-1-62779-303-2.

      What's Your Favorite Animal - book cover image This collection of short poems and phrases along with original artwork by a variety of children's book illustrators is a project to raise funds for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts. There are fourteen entries, from Nick Bruel to Mo Willems, and each offers his or her take on their favorite animal. Unfortunately, in many cases, the texts are too long and the illustrations too detailed for the board book audience. The picture book edition is preferred over this one.

    Sutton, Sally. Construction Illus. by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick. 22p. 2014/2015. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7975-0.
    Sutton, Sally. Construyendo [Spanish edition]. Illus. by Brian Lovelock. Candlewick. 22p. 2014/2015. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-7975-7.

      Construction - book cover image Short rhymes, onomatopoeia, and realistic illustrations depict various tools and vehicles important to construction. From digging for the foundation to moving in, readers will learn how a library is built in either the English or Spanish language versions. A great book to read on opening day of a new library!

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  • Submitted by : Penny Peck
    SJSU iSchool

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