May 2014

Books for Digital Storytime

by On May 27, 2014 in Childrens Books

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Being a children’s librarian is a whole lot of fun, especially when I get to lead storytime! The reason I made friends with the fellas at Bookboard in the first place was because I wanted to use some of their books in my storytimes. It turned out they were all really friendly guys with a love for books, and I ended up working with them to help manage the Bookboard library.<!–more–>

When I’m not working on Bookboard things, however, I work with libraries, library associations, advocacy groups and early childhood educators to develop best practices for using digital media in early literacy programming (often that’s preschool storytime)! I usually use an AppleTV to project my stories either through a TV or projector, and there is a whole movement of librarians, early childhood educators and storytellers who are beginning to do this in preschools, daycare centers, libraries, children’s museums, community centers and other venues. Finding high-quality digital books and other media for use in this kind of program can be tricky, though, and often storytellers are on the hunt for recommendations for gems to share with the families in their communities. ?I’ve put together a collection of books that we have in the Bookboard library that work well in storytime. If you’re a storyteller just starting out with using digital books in your programs, check out my community of motivated children’s librarians at <a href="http://littleelit.com/">LittleeLit.com</a>.

Here are some benefits to using digital books in storytime:
<ol>
<li>You can make them very large (ie as big as your screen)</li>
<li>Your hands can be free to do fingerplays or actions within the story (normally your hands are holding the book and panning it around the room; with a prjected version of the book, you can put down your iPad and have both hands free!)</li>
<li>You can share high-quality books with kids and families who might not know where to find them otherwise</li>
</ol>
Take a look at some of these books, and if you use them in your storytimes, we’d love to hear how it went!

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Nugget of Reading Goodness

by On May 12, 2014 in General

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Did you know research shows that kids who read for fun are more likely to succeed in other school subjects, such as math and science? To keep your kids reading, we’ve added a great set of new stories that includes cowboys, sea rescues, and as always, plenty of fun.<!–more–>

With the school year quickly drawing to a close, we’re heading back to work — planning more books to keep your kids entertained through the summer months. So, stay tuned!

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Maybe Later & Today, Maybe

by On May 5, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

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Librarians have a thing for pairing up books with similar themes, and we have two gorgeous books in our collection with very similar titles: <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=467">Maybe Later</a>, and <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=79">Today, Maybe</a>. The titles are not all that these two books share (keep in mind that <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=467">Maybe Later</a> is a chapter book and <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=79">Today, Maybe</a>, is a picture book). They both effectively capture a sense of mystery and magic, and recall the dreamlike joy of a child’s imagination. Sometimes, it’s better for a mystery to remain a mystery. Or is it?<!–more–>

<a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=467">Maybe Later</a> is a story about a mysterious bottle that Johnny finds in his grandpa’s closet. Johnny can’t see inside it, and the top is stopped up with a cork.
<blockquote>Johnny took the bottle to the sunroom where his grandpa was snoozing. He jumped on the sofa.

"What’s in this bottle?" he demanded.

"Well now, that’s a puzzle," his grandpa said. "I never did figure that out."</blockquote>
I’ll leave it up to you to find out if Johnny ever finds out what’s inside.

<a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=79">Today, Maybe</a>, is a story about a little girl who lives in a cottage in the woods and is visited by a number of strangers. Many of these strangers try to lure, scare or cajole her away, but she is waiting for someone special. I wonder who it is?

Both of these books are worthy reads, so I’ve put them on a shelf with some other great books from the collection.

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