"I believe that the important message of picture book month is that the picture book is an enduring piece of literature, a magical combination of words and art, whose impact on literacy is unparalleled." – Diane de Las Casas
Happy Picture Book Month! Did you know that you can apply a "twibbon" to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture to spread the word? And that it's really fun to say twibbon? Also, you may want to check out these completely magical illustrations based on favorite picture books from a very talented group of artists (the above drawing is from one of them).
Other upcoming events of interest include:
And fittingly, all of our 8x8 Penworthy Prebound picture books are discounted by 20% through 11/11 - enjoy!
Brace yourselves! If you're in need of some fun and, above all, easy winter activity and programming ideas, we have you covered. Our Winter Pinterest board has a ton of suggestions chosen especially for ease of use and low cost, including such gems as a candy cane hunt in the library, Frozen family night, making snow slime, gingerbread coding, and of course, free printables.
And you may want to check out our Library Displays board, which has tons of winter-themed ideas. Enjoy!
My Penworthy Pick is The I'M NOT SCARED Book by New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr. Parr's award-winning books have helped children around the world deal with sensitive issues, introduce change through positive messages and gentle logic, and increase literacy. Your young patrons will love the brightly illustrated pages while they explore fearful situations and alternative ways of looking at what they see as scary. For example, "Sometimes I'm scared of what's under my bed." vs. "I'm not scared once I clean everything out and see all my favorite toys." - or- "Sometimes I'm scared of monsters and ghosts" vs. "I'm not scared when I see that they aren't real." The Scary vs. Not Scary format is a great way to help kids see solutions to their fears. The I'M NOT SCARED Book is just darling, great for a bedtime read-aloud, a counselor's office, or to prompt a discussion session with little kids. It would be a great addition to your library shelf next to the scary books!
Todd Parr's website has some wonderful printable activities available for free download (not specific to this book, but lots of fun).
By Rebecca Cejka, Penworthy Representative
International Games Week (previously International Games Day), an initiative of ALA, is coming up October 29-November 4, 2017! The aim is “to reconnect communities through libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.” Gaming, from board to video, is a logical extension of what libraries do, and is a great way to encourage young patrons to spend more time in the library. Here are some ideas and resources for International Games Week, or for ongoing gaming programs at any time of the year:
One Cozy Christmas by M. Christina Butler, and adorably illustrated by Tina Macnaughton, is a fabulous picture book! As in the other ten books in the beloved series, it features Little Hedgehog and his furry friends: Badger, Fox, Rabbit and a family of mice. The friends spend the days leading up to Christmas together, and though the visit starts happily, grumpiness abounds the next morning. Fox's paws have been stepped on, Rabbit can't find his socks, and someone was snoring all night. Worst of all, someone ate a cookie that had been hanging on the tree, and Little Hedgehog's special hat goes missing! Readers will smile once the identity of the cookie eater and hat thief is revealed on Christmas morning, and they will enjoy the spirit of camaraderie that infuses the story.
This sweet book is perfect for any story hour or read-aloud opportunity, as it tells a fun tale of what can go wrong as Christmas approaches, and also conveys the true meaning and importance of Christmas. Little Hedgehog is often wearing his furry, red hat throughout the book which provides a fun "touch and feel" element...engaging even the youngest readers as each page turns!
By LauraLee Bartley, Penworthy Representative
Happy fall! Schools and libraries across the country will observe National Bullying Prevention Month this October, culminating with Unity Day on 10/25. Since 2006, the initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as normal childhood experience, and toward the understanding that it is damaging and unacceptable, but can be stopped through education. Facebook, Disney, Instagram, CNN, Yahoo! Kids, and many others now support the initiative. Here’s a round-up of helpful resources on this timely topic:
23-year-old Karina Garcia has made a career out of slime! She’s a YouTuber who has gone viral with her slime tutorial videos, and my Penworthy Pick is her new book, Karina Garcia’s DIY Slime. The book has fifteen simple and fun slime recipes that the kids are asking about when they want to make their own slime at home. Each recipe is detailed with full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn to make liquid gold slime, glow-in-the-dark slime, and balloon slime, to name a few. Tips on how to store the slime are included, and all the recipes are borax free. My own kids have had a ton of fun making her slime recipes and it has entertained them for hours. This one would be a great addition to your makerspace!
By Michelle Ekstrom, Penworthy Representative
The development of information literacy skills allows students to become astute and thoughtful consumers and creators of information. October is Information Literacy Awareness Month, offering a great way to introduce or reinforce this necessary skill set to your young readers. We’ve put together this round-up of helpful resources and articles by fellow educators:
–The Prague Declaration of 2003, “Towards an Information Literate Society”
Cows unite! Farmer Brown's cows find an old typewriter and start sending him messages demanding better working conditions. Farmer Brown refuses to give in to their demands, so of course they go on strike and are soon joined by the hens. Doreen Cronin’s classic, award-winning picture book has been made available in a leveled reader format (Level 2, for children starting to read longer sentences). The story is hilarious and original, and Betsy Lewin's comical illustrations pair perfectly with the simple, funny text. It’s also a great and simple way to start a discussion on labor movements and working together. The twist at the end involving the mediator duck feeling empowered to make his own demands will leave young readers laughing.
A fun “Letter from the Pig” writing activity to go along with the book is available for free download here.
Lauri Streeck, Penworthy Representative
Penworthy is closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday!
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