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Picture Books – A Dying Format?

October 28, 2011

Mac Barnett has had enough. So, he and 21 other picture book creators are taking a stand in support of picture books with a proclamation called “A Picture Book Manifesto.” According to an article by Sally Lodge in Publishers Weekly, Barnett,  says that the manifesto “grew out of issues I’ve been thinking about and talking about for years…, and it just felt like it was time to do something.” He said the audience for the document is very broad, claiming, “It is really an exhortation to everyone—writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, art directors, booksellers, librarians, and parents—that we could all be doing better. The only people who are doing fine are the kids themselves. I really believe the rest of us should be doing better.”

Is the picture book a dying format?  Check out the article and the proclamation (linked above) and leave us a comment with your thoughts on the topic or the proclamation itself.


CMC Handouts Helpful for Assignments

September 26, 2011

Be sure to check out the latest handouts on the CMC blog by clicking on the “Handouts” tab. We have created several documents that directly relate to COE assignments, especially for children’s literature. Examples include: wordless picture books, award winning book lists (with RL call numbers), and Cinderella stories from around the world.

Library of the Early Mind Panel Discussion Transcript

May 3, 2011

Kutztown University’s Library of the Early Mind film screening and the panel discussion that followed was truly an exciting and informative event for anyone who enjoys children’s literature. Although we did try filming the panel discussion, the quality of the sound was not desirable. SO, Tim Ballingall, our Spring 2011 intern, sat down and transcribed the event so that we could share it with all of you!

Kutztown University’s Library of the Early Mind Panel Discussion Transcript

The panelists included:
Edward J. Delaney, director and co-producer of the film
Heather Hebert, bookseller
Matt Phelan, author and illustrator
Dr. Eloise Long, Department Chair of Library Science


Reading Rockets: From Babbling to Books

April 8, 2011
Building Pre-Reading Skills
Todd R. Risley, Sharon Landesman Ramey, and Julie Washington discuss research-based strategies for early literacy in young children in this video. “This 60-minute webcast stresses the importance of working with young children early to develop language and pre-reading skills. It will provide adults who work with young children with research-based strategies that can help lay the foundation for building strong readers.”
Check out the site (linked below) to see the video and to access other resources on this topic
Reading Rockets: From Babbling to Books.

(Quoted information is from the site.)

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

April 6, 2011

Beginning as an environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has evolved into a yearly international tradition celebrated in over 175 countries. Prompted by the 1969 oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed a day to raise awareness about the deterioration of the environment. Throughout the years Earth Day has inspired a greater appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment and, by educating our youth about important environmental issues, we can help to ensure the preservation of this beautiful planet. Stop by the CMC to check out the variety of materials and fun activities we have for teaching students about the environment they live in.

Another great resource is the Children’s Literature website which has many helpful reviews on children’s books about Earth Day and the environment.

To learn more about Earth Day visit the Earth Day Network’s official website.

March is Women’s History Month!

March 14, 2011

The CMC has you covered for Women’s History Month. We have a variety of resources from biographies and non-fiction accounts of many prominent women throughout history, to children’s and young adult literature featuring strong female characters. Check out the Women’s History Month bulletin board at the CMC, as well as this recommended reading list, for more helpful resources! To view a booklist of strong female characters in literature, click here.

You can find more information about Women’s History Month at the National Women’s History Month website.

Happy Birthday To You! Dr. Seuss

March 1, 2011

Pick up a book on March 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day! The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day helps bring kids and books together so that everyone can share in the joy of reading.

Random House publishers have put together a guide to help you plan fun Dr. Seuss themed reading activities. Click here to check out their neat ideas.

Kutztown University will have a Dr. Seuss table set up from 9AM to 4PM on March 2 outside the coffee shop in Rohrbach Library. They will be selling candy bars for $1 and handing out free bookmarks, so stop by and indulge your sweet tooth!


“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

-Dr. Seuss

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