Read Alouds & Lunch Doodles

In these days of COVID-19 and wanting to help my students find comfort in hearing (and seeing) their school librarian read to them, I created The Creative Librarian YouTube channel [note: these are now unlisted]and have been regularly posting videos on it.  I know many educators and administrators around the United States are doing the same thing, and it is so heartwarming to see how this is helping bring our communities together (virtually).  I have also been overjoyed to see how many authors and illustrators are creating blog posts, videos, and additional activities for their readers.

Just a few  of them are below:

Happy reading, viewing, listening, and creating!

Bulletin Boards – Teachable Art

I consider a well-planned bulletin board not only informational, but a work of art – my media assistants think so, too – and together we have created a variety of bulletin boards over the past few years.  

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Below are a few things to think about as you create your library’s bulletin boards:

In her article Interactive Bulletin Boards – Make the Classroom Experience More User-friendly, Beth Newingham states, “ I can spend hours creating beautiful bulletin boards, but if they are not meaningful or if they do not serve a real purpose for my students, I find they do nothing more than take up important space on my walls.”

Cara Bafile interviewed author/educator Michael Gravois in her Education World article “Pretty” to Practical: Using Bulletin Boards to Teach, and he explained that, “too often bulletin boards are just thought of as decoration, when they really should emphasize the learning that is taking place in the classroom. Those two qualities do not have to be mutually exclusive; a bulletin board can be both educational and decorative.”

From Carolyn Tomlin’s article, Staff Newsletter: Bulletin Boards Make a Difference, is a helpful list of criteria:

As you create bulletin boards for your classroom, evaluate them using the following criteria:

  • Does it convey a message?
  • Is it bright and colorful?
  • Is the children’s work displayed neatly?
  • Is the material related to the children’s level of development?
  • Does it build a healthy self-concept?

Lastly, I wanted to share a wonderful resource with you – Julie Greller’s  blog, The Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet – and her post “24 Places to Find Bulletin Board Display Ideas”.

Wishing you a spectacular school year!


Making our Mark!

The Dot Poster

Make Your Mark on Dot Day!

I am looking forward to connecting with other educators, and sharing the joy, hope, and creativity that The Dot by Peter Reynolds inspires in its readers.  For ideas about how to participate in International Dot Day on September 15thish, visit the official site here.  For even more ideas, read the blog posts on The Busy Librarian and Life Lessons for Little Ones.

If you haven’t read The Dot or Ish by Peter Reynolds, you should!  I also highly recommend The North Star, also by Peter Reynolds.  All three of these books celebrate finding one’s own talents,  following your dreams, and creating your own life’s journey to make your personal mark on the world.   Another book I plan to share on International Dot Day is the interactive book Press Here by Hervé Tullet (watch book trailer here).

For additional activity ideas, visit blogs Creative Connections for Kids and My Little Bookcase, or Laughing Book’s Pinterest page Ideas for Book of the Month. Both The Dot and Ish are available on TumbleBooks, and I also located a video on YouTube, if  you don’t have access to TumbleBooks and you’d like to experience the animated version of The Dot.

Whether we’re connecting with a classroom around the world, across the country, or across Montgomery County, my students and I look forward to visiting with you and sharing both The Dot and Press Here next week!