Children's Programming Blogs

Publib recently had a thread on children’s programming blogs for libraries.  Two have been mentioned so far that focus on programs:

Around the Corner from the Olathe Public Library

Youth Services Librarians Unite! from Orange City, Iowa.

Does your youth services department blog about programming?  If so, leave a comment and a link!  I’m very interested in any children’s services blog that blogs about programming theory in general rather than the specific programs their library is offering that month.

The End

The End by David LaRochelle and Richard Egielski. 

How did I miss this one?  What a delightful book! 

This fairy tale starts with The End and works its way to the beginning.  First they all lived happily ever after.  “They lived happily ever after because…” and readers turn the page to find out what had happened to get the story to this point.  It is a backwards story with lots of repetition that small children will enjoy, but the twist of the picture book being backwards will also appeal to older elementary age children.  And how does the book end?  You wouldn’t want me to reveal the beginning would you?

The illustrations are charmingly irreverent takes on classic fairy tale and nursery rhyme pictures.  There are many very silly moments that will have kids asking to see what happens previously.  A wide range of ages will be entertained and intrigued by the story.

Share this with a class of older elementary children, use it to spark imaginative writing assignments, or share it with a class of kindergarteners or first graders for an enjoyable read aloud. 

Chat Online with an Author

ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) now has an online book club!  It looks like it started back in February, and is going strong.  You don’t have to be an ALAN member to participate in the online discussions.  They do a book discussion and then the following week have the author available to chat with. 

Gail Giles is the next featured author and will be chatting tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern. 

She is followed by Carl Hiaasen, on June 27th.