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

NCBLA Launches Upgraded OUR WHITE HOUSE Website with NEW Election and Presidency Content

Just in time for helping young people across America understand the presidential campaigns and election, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance has launched a newly designed and updated version of its nonpartisan, presidential history and civics education website OurWhiteHouse.org. We invite you to explore this free, online companion to the NCBLA’s award-winning anthology Our … Continued

A library card provides endless opportunities for family engagement

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. As children head back to school, family time is often hindered by homework and afterschool and social activities. A public library card is your ticket to free educational resources and activities that bring families together. … Continued

Teachers! Check out these tips for creating a language-rich environment

As another school year begins, the NCBLA invites teachers to peruse our Teacher Handbook, which is filled with articles and resources focused on creating a setting of literacy excellence in your classroom. For example, check out these tried and true tips for creating a language-rich environment for your students this school year. Teachers, you may … Continued