Live-streaming is conducted every Thursday at 3:00pm. The recordings will be posted on our website on the following Tuesdays.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to copyright laws for use of the book: We have permission to air this video for 24 hours only. Story videos are posted for 24 hours.
HOWEVER: ALL accompanying activity videos will remain here and on our YouTube channel
A variety of resources to fun activities may be found here.
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Ann Mills, a children's writer and former educator, has been helping children enjoy learning formore than 30 years.
In 2006, to supplement the national weekly newspaper feature Newspaper Fun, Ann launched one of the first national reading club web sites – ReadingClubFun.com – with the purpose of providing readers, teachers, librarians and others with ideas and tools for encouraging kids to read.
Ann holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Education from Westfield State College, with a special emphasis on elementary and middle-grade education. She works from a studio in Connecticut with her husband, Ernie – a brand and communications consultant – and their lively Shiba Inu, Yoshi. She engages a small group of talented specialists to conduct research, develop graphics, and design and manage her web sites.
Kids, this comic is for you.
It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.
To make this comic, we've used his interviews with Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health.
CURRENT NOMINEES (2020)
The Kidlit Distancing Social takes place this and every Thursday evening at 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern.
Every week, join Laura and some great surprise guests to chat about children’s literature, share your writing triumphs and catch up on the latest kidlit news. These live video events are completely free to anyone who loves children’s books. Each will last about an hour.
It's the perfect way to stay connected and inspired during these difficult times.
No need to register, just show up. You can join simply by clicking this link a few minutes before the start time and following a few simple instructions:
(If this link doesn't open for you, try copying and pasting the address into your browser address bar.
We'll also be streaming live on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/WriteKidsBooks/).
And yes - please share this link with everyone you know who loves to write.
We will be recording each Distancing Social and offering them for replay if you can't make it live.
Here's how to catch the first three episodes:
Kidlit Distancing Social #1 - Author/illustrator Katie Davis and our tribute to Tomie dePaola
Kidlit Distancing Social #2 - Author Kerrie Flanagan on why this a great time to write for magazines
Kidlit Distancing Social #3 – Magic Is All Around You with author and creativity coach Teresa Funke
Click the link to redirect to the episodes and the activities
Local storyteller, Nanny Rosebud,
practices the art of narrative, telling fables, faerie tales, folklore, and legends, for all ages.Click the links to view the prerecorded clips.
The schools and libraries CLiF works with are constantly looking for low- or no-cost literacy activities to inspire kids to read and write more. We collect activity ideas and share them with our partners.
Do you have an aspiring young writer at home? Encourage them to submit to CLiF’s Kids’ Writing Contest! Winners of each age category will receive a collection of new books and may have their story featured on our blog.
Theme: Fractured Fairy Tales
In keeping with the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2020 theme, Imagine Your Story: Fairytales, Mythology, and Fantasy, we’re asking young writers in NH and VT (up to age 12) to imagine their own fairy tales or myths or come up with a creative take on an old favorite!
Send your stories to email@example.com by June 30, 2020.
Please include the author’s name, age, and address (open to Vermont and New Hampshire students only).
Virtual Storytelling Series
During the COVID-19 pandemic, when our amazing presenters can’t visit kids in person, we’ve launched a virtual storytelling series via Zoom every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. EST. (click here to see upcoming storytimes and sign up to receive the link to the next session!).
Does Tuesday at 3:00 not work for your family? No problem! You can find each session below.
Which of the following do you think best describe your reading style?
Question: What kind of books do you like to read? Do you like books about fact or fiction, reality or fantasy, serious or funny? How can you find more books you like?
Answer: just take this ten question assessment! It will tell you which of the four Reader Personality Types (Teamplayer, Jokester, Champion, or Investigator) you most identify with, and can help you find more books you love. And remember, there are no right or wrong answers. This is a tool to help you and your librarian find the books that will match your Reader Personality Type.
Ever wonder if there was an objective way to find out what kind of a reader you are—what reading personality you match? That’s why we designed this Reader Type Assessment—so that you can find more books that you love.
This ten-question assessment will score your answers across each of the four Reader Types: Team Player, Jokester, Champion, and Investigator. There are no right or wrong answers, and many people find that they are equally drawn to two or three Reader Types. Once you get your scores, you can use search this site using these Reader Types to discover books that better match your preferences.
Good luck and have fun! (Thanks to Katherine Stehman, Librarian, Pennsylvania USA for sharing her explanations for the keywords that she devised for her students. )
Answer ten questions and then gets a "read out" of what
type of reader you are. Compare with your friends!