Hey there, cats and kittens. Here we go with some more cool stuff from teh interwebz! PREPARE YOURSELVES!
Poetry Paige shares how she includes poetry in her storytimes. I’ve used a little poetry in the past, but I’ve never been super intentional about it. This is a great and easy way to get the kids engaged in poetry!
More on the ALSC Blog: Parachutes! Who doesn’t love ’em? Here are some quick tips, with a shoutout to our own Joint Chief Kendra!
And yet more from ALSC: have you considered presenting at a conference? If not, it’s a great way to hone your public speaking skills and beef up your resume. Plus, I bet you have some kickass ideas! If you need a place to start, here’s a list of what ALSC members have said they would like to learn about at ALA Annual 2017. Go forth and propose. C’mon. You’ve got a whole year to make it awesome!
Speaking of conferences and presenting, the lovely and talented Marge Lock-Waters has been helping to develop a conference on management in youth services. I was fortunate enough to take one of her online classes in management a couple months ago and it was AMAZING. Want to get hands-on with Marge? Check out her announcement for Power Up: A Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff, submit your proposal, or plan to attend!
Dude. Check out this cool diorama to go along with a reading of Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow. The top has the…well, things that are on TOP of the snow, and you open it up and voila! The things that are under the snow. So. Amazing.
Here Megan Dowd Lambert recounts her experience using the “whole book approach” with Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask To Be In This Book) and a group of preschoolers. Their response to the book might surprise you!
My friend Melissa (I love telling people she’s my friend; she’s more like my mentor but she’d deny it) posted about having done storytime for 20 years and how she’d change her first storytime plan (which she still has!). I’ll go her one better and say that when I started doing storytime I knew NOTHING other than to read a book aloud. I’ve learned about fingerplays/songs/early literacy/etc. all along the way. My first storytime must have been miserable (but I’m pretty sure I read Very Hungry Caterpillar).
Finally, because my fellow Joint Chiefs Brytani and Cory insisted, I’ll plug my own blog series on “soft skills” and how we develop them in storytime. Because yes, we are helping children with cognitive skills, colors, numbers, alphabet, rhyming, etc. – but we are also helping them grow self-control, communication skills, perspective-taking, and more. And researchers are finding that those skills are equally important in becoming a successful adult. Go, us! Stay tuned for more in the series!
I’ll leave you with an image of the President of the United States and First Lady roaring their terrible roars and gnashing their terrible teeth. Because awesome.