ADVOCACY ALERT! CALL, TWEET, OR WRITE YOUR SENATOR TO SAVE LIBRARIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!

The President’s budget proposal for FY2018, if passed, would defund the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)  as well as Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).  WE CANNOT ALLOW such an ill-advised and destructive elimination of library services to occur!! Over the past twenty years, the IMLS has provided library services to all 50 states and every US territory.  It … Continued

OUR WHITE HOUSE: LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT – STOCK FULL OF POETRY!!

April is National Poetry Month!  Rich in language, symbology, imagery, and meaning, we certainly want to share this genre with students and our children, for poetry is the dessert of literature! Never fear; the NCBLA has poetry for sharing, discussion, and educational activity facilitation right at your fingertips! Within the pages of Our White House:  Looking … Continued

Honoring Patricia McKissack, NCBLA Board Member

  On behalf of The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, I would like to share our sorrow concerning the passing of beloved children’s book author and storyteller, Patricia McKissack. Pat, and her husband Fred, were longstanding board members of the NCBLA. They were also cherished friends, enlivening every meeting and event they participated in, … Continued

Updates to NCBLA Inauguration Kit Posted!

As indicated in last week’s blog, the NCBLA Inauguration Kit is perfect for sharing, and learning from, the memorable moments specific to Presidential inaugurations, past and present!   The Kit has been updated for 2017, for, come January 20th, US history will be made, again!  Allow your students/patrons/children to be eyewitnesses to history, as it … Continued

NCBLA’S INAUGURATION KIT IS A TREASURE TROVE FOR LIBRARIANS AND EDUCATORS!!

The inauguration is upon us!  Do you need lesson plans, activities, discussion questions, and informed articles to share with your children as the inauguration approaches?  Why not use the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance’s Presidential Inauguration Kit?  Access it at the Alliance’s website, here, or in pdf, here.  Within the Kit’s pages, librarians and … Continued

PRACTICE READER RESPONSE ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR CHILDREN OVER THE HOLIDAY BREAK!

Louise Rosenblatt, the renowned education theorist who coined the term “reader response” knew children needed to not only read, but also interact with text in a personal way, “acting out,” so to speak, the manner in which books touch our hearts, either orally, artistically, or by means of  personal written reflections or group discussions.  Over the … Continued

RECENT BOOK AWARDS and SPEECHES HONOR DIVERSITY!

Several recent national book awards honor diversity by highlighting inclusivity and social justice, as characterized and conceptualized by outstanding African-American authors! On Wednesday, November 16th, National Children’s Book Literacy Alliance Board Member and author extraordinaire, Katherine Paterson, as Chairman of the Young People’s Literature Committee, presented Congressman John Lewis of Georgia’s 5th District the National … Continued

Advocacy Alert! Library Funding

Every year, nearly $200 million in federal library funding is awarded to every state in the nation by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS can do that work, and gets the funding it needs, in no small measure because Congress passed and periodically “reauthorizes” the Museum and Library Services Act. It’s time … Continued