Handas-SurpriseName: Eva B. Ramos

Institution: Rainbows Foundation

Audience: Children, Educators, Librarians, Volunteers

Books used:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Handa’s Surprise, Crow Boy, Each Kindness, Flat Stanley, Goodnight Moon, Chicken Soup with Rice, The House that Jack Built

Materials needed:
Video clips, pictures, PowerPoint presentation

Brief outline of program or event:
Present narrative and demonstrative materials on the establishment of libraries in public elementary schools, doing read alouds to elementary school students with extension activities, reading comprehension classes to older high school students and workshop on the magic and values of children’s literature,

Posted by: alison | February 16, 2013

USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List

cropped-usbby_logo_11.jpgThe list of Outstanding International Books 2013 is now available. This list is compiled annually by the United States Board on Books for Young People. It recognizes books originally published outside the United States and now available from U. S. publishers. Many of the books are on international themes. As a whole, this is a remarkable collection of books that reflect both the shared commonalities of youth and a diversity of experiences throughout the world.

An article with annotations is now available from School Library Journal.

This Google Map shows locations of the books’ settings and includes cover art and publisher’s description. A program outline for celebrating with these books is also available.

Constance Vidor
Director of Library Services
Friends Seminary

Posted by: alison | February 9, 2013

Peace Stories from throughout the World

misc_125434Name: Kelly Grimmett

Institution: Friends Seminary

Title of proposed program: Peace Stories from throughout the World

Audience: K-3

Books used:
Many books!

Materials needed:
Peace Stories Google Map http://goo.gl/maps/M7AvU

Brief outline of program or event:

Friends Seminary Service Learning Director, Leitzel Schoen, and Librarian Kelly Grimmett worked with Kindergarden and first grade students to create this resource as a service to the Lower School community during our annual celebration of Peace Week. This resource can work equally well as a basis for celebrating International Children’s Book Day. Using the Google map (http://goo.gl/maps/M7AvU) families are invited to read these stories and to consider using them as a launching point for a family discussion about peace and nonviolent communication. Click on each marker on the map to learn about the plot, access online resources, and receive a peace query to guide a family in reflection.

Good news! The Bridge to Understanding Award deadline has been extended to March 1, 2013. Read all about the Award right here.


Posted by: alison | January 31, 2013

Millions of Stories

millions of storiesName: Francois Brillon

Institution: http://millionsofstories.wordpress.com

Title of proposed program: Millions of Stories

Audience: Children of all ages

Books used:
The most diverse and maximum amount of children books possible (see outline of program event for details)

Materials needed:
Parents, Children, Storytellers, fun, love, passion, books.

Brief outline of program or event:
Hi, I think promoting the Children’s Book Day would be wonderfully achieved by getting a lots of books lovers and storytelling to fulfill a spectacular and unifying storytelling goal, i.e. telling more than 1 million of stories to children all around the world! This would be an event like a Teleton, but not for collecting money. The sole and only purpose of this event would be to read stories to a lot of children around the world and make them happy about it. 🙂 This is the goal I’m pursuing at http://millionsofstories.wordpress.com


Apply for a Bridge to Understanding Award by January 31:
bridge to understandingThe USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) Bridge to Understanding Award Committee seeks to identify and honor innovative programs that use children’s literature as a way to promote international understanding.

Schools, libraries, scout troops, clubs and bookstores are all eligible for this award. Does your school or library program or do you know of another organization that “promotes reading as a way to expand a child’s world”?

To learn more about the award, view information about past winners and award criteria and access the downloadable application form, please link to:

You will also find a PowerPoint presentation linked to that page that can help you self-assess your program in terms of the award criteria.

Note: To be considered, the program must have occurred within 2012. The submission deadline for the next award is January 31, 2013.

For additional information contact the USBBY secretariat at: Secretariat@usbby.org or phone: 224.233.2030, or email committee chair Judi Moreillon at: info@storytrail.com

Posted by: alison | December 29, 2012

What’s in a Name?

mynamewashusseinName: Bianca Piergallini

Institution: Whitehall City Schools

Title of proposed program: What’s in a Name?

Audience: Grades 6-8

Books used: Literature that addresses the theme of names/naming (preferably books that represent a variety of cultures around the world, e.g., Hannah is My Name (Yang), My Name is Bilal (Mobin-Uddin), My Name is Jorge (Medina), My Name Is Sangoel (Williams & Mohammed), My Name is Yoon (Recorvits), My Name Was Hussein (Kyuchukov), The Name Jar (Choi)
Materials needed:
Chart paper, markers

Before the Lesson: • Facilitate a discussion with students on the topic, “What is a Picture Book?” • Study the aesthetics of picture books (explain important features of these texts) • Show students how they “work” • Provide various examples of books for students to browse Procedures: • Assign students to small groups and give each group a choice of the picture book that they wish to read/analyze. • Ask students in each group to play a role: Reader (who will read the book aloud to the rest of the group), Writer (who will write the thoughts of the group on the chart paper), and Speaker (who will share the thoughts of the group with the rest of the class). • While students are reading their respective texts, post potential discussion questions on the board for them to address on their chart paper after reading. Some sample questions include: 1. Why was the character’s name important to him or her? What actions/words showed the importance? 2. What conflict arose because of the character’s name? How was the conflict resolved? 3. How would you have reacted to the conflict? 4. What cultural variations (differences from your own culture) did you identify in the text? Similarities? 5. What is the “story” of your name? • Have the speaker for each group share some of the main points of the group’s discussion with the entire class. Encourage other students to build off of these points for a more in-depth discussion. Extension: There are several directions in which this lesson can continue, for example, a writing lesson (a personal narrative) can stem from the discussion of question #5 (What is the story of your name?). There is also a connection to Social Studies, where students can research the cultural history of their name.

Posted by: alison | December 29, 2012

Postcards from Around the World

POSTCARD_cropName: Rebecca Levitsky

Title of proposed program: Postcards from Around the World

Audience: 3-6 grade

Books used: Post Card Passages by Susan Joyce Encyclopedia Set
Materials needed:
Postcard templates Pencils Stickers Whiteboard and markers Display board for the completed postcards Children_around_the_world.jpg poster

Brief outline of program or event:
Subject Area: Information Literacy/Social Studies/ELA Grade Level: 3-6 (Ages 8-11)

Lesson Title: “Postcards from Around the World” Encyclopedia Lesson Time: 30 minutes

Information Literacy Standards: information literacy-to access information efficiently

Ask the students if they have ever sent or received a postcard. Read the book Post Card Passages by Susan Joyce to understand the concept of a post card and the information it usually contains. Ask them where they think we could get some information on a country and have the students use encyclopedias and other reference sources. Have students work with a partner to create postcards and send them to one another.

Posted by: alison | December 29, 2012

Monsters of the World

WellingtonHarborName: Cristy Burne

Title of proposed program: Monsters of the World

Audience: Children of any age (tailoring scariness to suit)

Books used: Books that feature curious and fabulous monsters from around the world. For example: BUNYIPS DON´T by Sally Odgers features Australian monsters called bunyips; TALES OF THE TOKOLOSHE by Pieter Scholtz features the African tokoloshe; and THE TANIWHA OF WELLINGTON HARBOUR by Moira Wairama features the Maori taniwha.
Materials needed:
– Sheets of paper – Pens and pencils for drawing

Brief outline of program or event:

  • Read books about some of the weird and wonderful monsters that exist in mythology from around the world.
  • Talk about some of the monsters that exist in Western/European mythology (for example, vampires, werewolves, etc)
  • Ask the kids to grab their pens and paper and dream up their own monster. Encourage them to create a monster that is specific to them. Draw the monster and label its attributes. Does it have strong legs for jumping mountains? Does it carry a cake for feeding its friends? Does it wear sunglasses to protect its eyes from the snow?
Posted by: alison | December 29, 2012

Learning About Cultures Through Poetry

yumName: Christine Farrugia

Institution: Northport-East Northport Public Library, Long Island, New York

Title of proposed program: Learning About Cultures Through Poetry

Audience: Children in Graes 4-6 (can be adapted for older grade levels)

Books used: Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet S. Wong Yum! MmMm!Que Rico!: Americas´ Sproutings by Pat Mora
Materials needed:
Paper, pencils

Brief outline of program or event:
A brief introduction to poetry will be provided to the children, focusing on the descriptive nature of poems. A selection of poems from each book will be read aloud. The children will be instructed to write down significant words on paper as each poem is being read. They will encouraged to focus on words dealing with foods, names, customs, holidays, family members, etc., including words in languages other than English. Discussion will follow and the children will discover how much they can learn about other cultures through poetry. Participants can also take an opportunity to write a poem about their own culture/background.

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