April 15, 2020

Supporting 1000 books before kindergarten (from a distance)

For me, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten has become a lot more intimate. And, like many parents of young children out there surviving without daycare, it exists in some strange no man’s land between joyous and tedious while being impossibly hard.

How can libraries support parents like me?

September 10, 2018

Back to basics: Looking into illustration appeal

What kind of pictures do you like in your picture books? Do you like pictures that are big and bold (and just right for storytime)? Or maybe detailed pictures, the kind that tempt you to look more closely? Or do you prefer the realism of photographic art? Whether you're reading picture books because you have kids or because you work with kids (or just ‘cause you like ‘em!), understanding the appeals of picture book illustrations will help you find books with the right look.  

December 20, 2016

Engaging parents with NoveList

As a librarian and school media specialist, your interest in a child’s success sends a powerful message to parents, giving you an “in” for helping parents learn how to improve education outcomes for their child.