Category: Children

Jan Thomas Kicks Off Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2014

NCKLS was SOOOO Excited to Host Jan Thomas!   NCKLS was very lucky to get multiple venues with Jan Thomas as she toured Kansas to promote Kansas Reads to Preschoolers.   First she spoke at Kansas State University to their Children’s Literature track students. During this  intimate session, Jan described how she came to write her first book, What …

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School-Aged Programming: Field Trips!

“The Hows and Whys of Our Successful Field Trip Adventures” from the Bryce Don’t Play blog has some great advice for making the most of inviting school groups into your library. The article also includes some motivation for starting a field trip adventure of your own, specifically Bryce’s library statistics showed that “40% of all public school second …

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Planning Your Fall Programs?

Here are some fun ideas for Halloween: Sasquatch Escape from Bryce Don’t Play (NCKLS Hint: The Friendly Monster Story Time Kit has some fun Sasquatch titles, as well as great Make Your Own Monster toys.) Host a Halloween Bash from Movie Licensing USA: Public Libraries For Tweens, Teens or Adults: Three Literary Themed Halloween Parties …

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Get Your Preschoolers Excited about the Alphabet

Learning to recognize upper and lower case letters is essential to learning, and there are so many ways to promote this skill! Knowing that letters are different from each other and that they are made up of shapes is one of the first steps in learning ones letters. It is also important for children to …

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Summer Reading Evaluation

It’s that time of the summer again! Time to start entering the statistics for your library’s summer reading program. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s numbers. This summer’s theme was so fun, and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from many of you about events and activities you’ve tried. You can access the evaluation here: CSLP Summer …

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Beach Early Literacy & STEM Activities

Early Literacy From No Time for Flash Cards: Shell Sorting Shell Letters Paper Bag Jellyfish Craft (Cutting develops small muscle motor skills which helps with learning to write.) From Spoonful: Sand Mosaics Sand Art (Could also use the sandpaper to write letters or numbers.) From Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten: Sand Writing Bin STEM From No Time …

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Is Everyone Ready for Fun?

The Kansas Reads to Preschoolers committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 title is Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas. This humorous title will appeal to babies and toddlers, as well as the traditional 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers. Is Everyone Ready for Fun? has simple text and bold illustrations that feature three …

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NCKLS’ Storytime Kits Have Science!

When you’re planning your Fizz, Boom, READ storytimes for summer, keep in mind that these NCKLS’ Story Time Kits and 6 by 6 Early Literacy Kits have great science tie-ins. Click Fizz, Boom, Storytime! for a complete listing of science related materials plus online resources and ideas. To reserve a kit or folder story, contact Melendra at msanders …

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New Additions to Story Time Kits!

There’s something new in every NCKLS’ Story Time Kit: Folder Stories! Not sure what a folder story is, check out this sample: Dinosaur Skin. Folder Stories are super simple to use. Just hold up the folder, use the included script to tell the story, and pull out the sheets of paper to change the color …

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ALA Youth Media Awards for 2014 Announced

John Newbery Medal: “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo Newbery Honor Books: “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black “The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes “One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake “Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter Randolph Caldecott Medal: “Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca Caldecott Honor Books: “Journey,” …

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