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.
I love Picture Book Month because I can highlight my favorite picture books throughout the month of November, and share my love of them with all my students – even the ones who think they are too old for picture books!
Ryan T. Higgins Be Quiet! is an amazing picture book — it is hilarious, and even my youngest students appreciate the humor (and the adults in the room, even more!!).
Absolutely all Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems- especially The Thank You Book and We are in a Book! I even decorated pumpkins like Gerald & Piggie to celebrate autumn in my library! Mo has many fun resources on his site to go along with the books, too.
Pete the Catbooks by James Dean are also extremely popular with my students! Another picture book pumpkin that graces my book shelves in my library is Pete-the-Pumpkin 🙂 Be sure to check out the songs that go along with the books!
As an enthusiastic member of the Gaithersburg Book Festival Committee, I was thrilled to see our lineup of featured children’s authors and illustrators, which included: Dianna Hutts Aston, Cece Bell, Gennifer Choldenko, Paul Czajak, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Laura Gehl, John Green, Steve Light, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Dave Roman, Aaron Reynolds, Syl Sobel, Maris Wicks, Timothy Young among others.
Despite the rainy (and cold) weather, our dedicated guests arrived in full rain gear. And stayed. And listened. And participated in the many author talks and workshops. It was a wonderfully creative and enthusiastically attended community event, led by a group of totally awesome lovers of literature…Cannot wait for next year’s event!