Guest Post: Ready, Set, Kindergarten

Today’s guest post comes from two youth services librarians at the Beaverton City Library in Oregon. Carson and MacKenzie are here to share their Ready, Set, Kindergarten series for preschoolers. I really like how they incorporate social emotional learning into the design of the program which sets out to give families a safe space to… Continue reading Guest Post: Ready, Set, Kindergarten

2019 Picture Books: Counting, Numbers, and Shapes

Did you know early numeracy is a predictor of later reading success? Just one of the many good nuggets of information I picked up from the Center for Childhood Creativity. Here’s a selection of picture books coming out this year that support counting, number sense, and shape awareness. Don’t miss the other lists in this… Continue reading 2019 Picture Books: Counting, Numbers, and Shapes

HELP Reads & Literature Reviews

Recently I was asked how I find current and relevant research related to children’s librarianship. Let me introduce you to my secret research weapon called HELP Reads. HELP stands for The Human Early Learn Partnership which is “a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of… Continue reading HELP Reads & Literature Reviews

2019 Picture Books: Neighbourhoods and Homes

Houses, apartments, dens, nests, planets – all of these are types of homes. This list features books about the places we live, both big and small, and the neighbourhoods we create with others. Don’t miss the other lists in this series: Books Featuring Babies Biographies of Women Feelings and Emotions Outer Space Mythical and Magical… Continue reading 2019 Picture Books: Neighbourhoods and Homes

LSC Journal Club Summer 2019: Summer Reading Clubs

Coming in a bit late with this recap but it’s been a busy summer! Here’s what we discussed at our summer meeting for the Library Services for Children Journal Club. What better time to discuss summer reading than in the summer. Summer Reading Clubs, also known as Summer Reading Programs, Summer Learning Programs, Summer Learning… Continue reading LSC Journal Club Summer 2019: Summer Reading Clubs

Early Literacy Research is Not Neutral: A Critique of Every Child Ready to Read

We’re going long form today, folks. At our Winter 2019 Library Services for Children Journal Club meeting we read an article by my friend and former colleague Tess Prendergast where she cites a 2011 article by Stooke and McKenzie called “Under Our Own Umbrella: Mobilizing Research Evidence for Early Literacy Programs in Public Libraries.” I… Continue reading Early Literacy Research is Not Neutral: A Critique of Every Child Ready to Read

2019 Picture Books: Technology, Computers, and Robots

I wanted to create a technology booklist as many libraries create STEM booklists for kids. Definitely check out my Outer Space list for even more books about science. I tried not to duplicate titles here. This list has a good mix of fiction and nonfiction. Don’t miss the other lists in this series: Books Featuring… Continue reading 2019 Picture Books: Technology, Computers, and Robots