It's hard to believe, but summer reading time is coming up fast! The 2017 theme of "Build a Better World" is so inspiring and offers such broad applications for your summer reading programming.
We've started a 2017 summer reading Pinterest board here with lots of great links and project ideas for you - there are resources on everything from Lego building challenges, to setting up an engineering station for open-ended play and learning, to starting a school butterfly garden. The Librarian Resources page on our website has several fun free printable activities, including an origami bookmark project, word games, and a cutout design-your-own paper house. And check out our great collection of Build a Better World-themed titles here!
Happy reading, and happy building!
Celebrate Presidents' Day and get ready to “Build a Better World” this summer with The House That George Built by Suzanne Slade. This engaging picture book follows George Washington as he undertakes the building of the White House. The book features a clever take on “The House That Jack Built” rhyme on most of the right-hand pages, with more detailed text on the left. Watercolor and ink illustrations by Rebecca Bond bring the story to life as Washington finds the perfect site for the president's house, holds a contest to find the best design, and supervises the construction through all its ups and downs. The last pages of the book include more information about the history of the White House through the years (Did you know FDR added a private movie theater in 1942?) as well as more information about our first president. This is a wonderful book to read aloud, and the combination of simple cumulative rhymes and more detailed text make it extremely versatile for different ages. I love this book!
By Lisa Rulf, Penworthy Representative
World Read Aloud Day is almost here! On February 16, libraries, educators, and families around the world will unite to celebrate and promote reading and literacy for all. Here are a few resources and ideas to take part:
"What is science? So many things." Take your youngest patrons on a colorful journey into the amazing everyday world that surrounds them--bees and butterflies, stones and mountains, even the weather--in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Fun rhymes and simple text outline basic concepts about the natural world that will help inspire children's natural curiosity. It's such a fun introduction to the concept of science, and encourages children to ask questions and explore their surroundings. A simple science activity included in the back of the book will create even more interest that may encourage a life-long enthusiasm for science.
By Susan Frappier, Penworthy Representative
Learning about electrical circuits has never been so much fun – or so squishy! In February, Penworthy is giving away this Squishy Circuits kit and activity guide with orders of $750+ to help you build your makerspace. Squishy Circuits uses conductive dough and simple hardware to teach the basics of electrical circuits and how they work. It’s already been used in classrooms, homes, libraries, and museums in all 50 states and over 20 countries. Your young patrons will love making their own dough creations that light up, spin, and power a buzzer!
Your Squishy Circuits kit will include a helpful activity guide. Here are even more project ideas:
University of St. Thomas Squishy Circuits project videos
A TED talk and demo on Squishy Circuits
An activity video from The Tinkering Studio
A step-by-step project from Science Buddies
Penworthy works with schools and libraries across the country to provide Penworthy Prebound Books, library bound books, board books, and puppets.