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Mock Newbery and Caldecott Workshop

on October 30, 2010

THE MOCK NEWBERY WORKSHOP

Presented by CSD, the Children and Young Adult Services (CAYAS) Interest Group of WLA, and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library.

Date/Time: Friday December 10, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Cascade Park Library (600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA)
Cost: $15 pays for snacks and a lunch from Applewood Restaurant

Join library staff and educators from around Oregon and Washington for a fun and thought provoking look at the Newbery medal. Get a firsthand peek into the ALA Newbery Committee experience courtesy of 2010 committee member Steven Engelfried. In addition, school and public librarians who have run successful Newbery book groups will share tips for engaging kids in Mock Newbery discussions. The experience will culminate in a lively discussion of several of the best books of 2010, resulting in a vote for the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery winner.

Mock Caldecott Award Workshop
Date/Time: Saturday December 11, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR)
Cost: $15 pays for snacks and a lunch from Elephants Delicatessen

Join library staff, educators, and children’s book enthusiasts from around Oregon and Washington for a fun and fruitful discussion of the best picture books of 2010! Speaker Suzanne Harold will review her year on the 2010 Caldecott Committee and help participants to learn more about the graphic elements in picture book illustrations as attendees closely examine a 2010 Caldecott Award book. Barbara Head will orient attendees to Visual Thinking Strategies, a method of inquiry for looking at picture books. Participants will read a book using this technique before discussing a series of potential 2011 award books. Both Harold and Head are youth librarians with Multnomah County Library.

Register here.

Also, for educators, my distance learning Seattle Pacific University SPIRAL course, “Discovering Excellence in Children’s Literature,” is available. Enrollment is on-going, and educators have a year to complete the course and earn five clock hours. Please register through Seattle Pacific SPIRAL

Beyond the Newbery: Discovering Excellence in Children’s Literature (5 credits)

We want our students to read excellent literature. However, besides knowing about the Newbery and Caldecott books, how do you, the educator find high quality children’s literature to share with your students?

In this course, we’ll explore some of the different awards given to both children’s literature and their authors. We’ll look at children’s book awards such as: The Jane Addams Book award, given to books that foster a better understanding of the world. The Dolly Gray Award, given for books which recognize high quality children’s books that portray individuals with developmental disabilities, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given to a children’s writer or illustrator whose books have made a lasting contribution to literature for children. The course also includes information on current blogs, websites, and publications that profile excellence in children’s literautre. The course is geared toward educators in grades 4-10 and would be especially helpful for librarians or other reading specialists.

Please register through Seattle Pacific SPIRAL

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