Posts by Stephanie Zvirin

05/17/2011

New Issue of Children's Programming Monthly Now Available!

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

It’s up! The latest Children’s Programming Monthly is waiting for you. Download the new issue or subscribe to the full year by visiting the ALA Store.

Bugs, bugs, bugs (and an occasional spider and worm). You’ll find plenty of all of them in “Going Buggy,” this month’s roundup of books and activities.  Look for ready-to use programs from Rose Trevino, Diane Briggs, Rob Reid, and others. This fingerplay from Diane Briggs is just one of the great ideas you’ll find to get your program underway.

Here Is the Beehive (Folk Rhyme)

Here is the beehive. Where are the bees? (Hold up your fist)

Hidden away where nobody sees. (Move your other hand around your fist)

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive (Bend your head close to your fist)

One, two, three four, five (Hold...

04/18/2011

How Does My Garden Grow? Children’s Programming Monthly v1 #8

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

You may still be coping with wintery days, but here at Children’s Programming Monthly, we’ve put away the umbrellas. “How Does My Garden Grow?” is ready to download, and it’s blooming with great ideas, books to read aloud, and fun activities:   

  • “Wonderful Worms” by Caroline Feller Bauer
  • “Grow, Grow, Grow!” by Judy Nichols
  • “Gardens” by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz
  • “Growing Books” by Sue McCleaf Nespeca and Joan B. Reeve
  • “In Our Garden” by Diane Briggs.

No subscribed yet? Visit us at http://www.alaeditions.org/cpm to sign up. If you have a program you would like to share,  you’ll find submission guidelines at www.alaeditions.org/cpm/submission/guidelines . Or contact me at szvirin@ala.org.

03/14/2011

Puddle Weather

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

When kids start donning slickers, pulling on rubber boots and grabbing umbrellas, it’s time for rainy-day storytimes. “Puddle Weather,” the latest issue of Children’s Programming Monthly, is chockablock with ideas to help you plan. You’ll find enough rhymes, activities, and recording and book suggestions to keep every member of your audience entertained. This issue includes:

  • “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” by Diane Briggs
  • “Spring Fling” and “Puddlejumpers” by Kathy MacMillan
  • “Parley Garfield and the Frogs,” by Margaret Reed MacDonald
  • “Rain” by Judy Nichols
  • “Craft a Rain Stick” by Caroline Feller Bauer
02/14/2011

New Children's Programming Monthly and New Bonus Issue

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

It’s bonus time! In addition to the regular issue of Children’s Programming Monthly, subscribers can download a free issue, put together especially for those of you getting ready for summer reading programs. Here’s a peek at what you get:

Issue number 6, “My Clothes,” is chockablock with storytime ideas. Share a song or choose a read-aloud from more than thirty book suggestions. Plan a program around making goofy hats or ties. Or have kids help you dress a flannelboard baby. Patterns and instructions are right in the issue.   

In  the “World Wise” bonus you’ll find seven ready-made programs that take children across the world.

  • Chinese Stories”  (activities and books galore)
  • The Foolish Merchant and the Greedy Camel (an easy, one-person puppet play)
  • African Tales: Action (rhymes, fingerplays, and book suggestions)
  • All around the World (songs, books and fun...
01/18/2011

Submit ideas, get a Free One-Year Subscription to Children’s Programming Monthly

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

Do you have a successful storytime program to share? Send it to me via e-mail. If it’s selected for publication, we’ll send you a free-one year subscription to the online magazine. All submissions will be acknowledged promptly, and authors will be notified within three months if their program will appear in print. Looking forward to hearing from you….

  1. Activities and books must be appropriate for children preschool through grade 3.
  2. Programs must be submitted electronically (szvirin@ala.org)
  3. Along with read-aloud suggestions, programs can include songs; activities (musical and/ or, movement); rhymes; flannelboards; crafts; fingerplays; lists of additional books or recordings;  early literacy information; and parent follow-up activities.
  4.  Submissions must be accompanied by the author’s name, mailing address, e-mail, daytime phone, and, if applicable, library affiliation.
  5. Illustrations (no photos...
01/07/2011

Newbery/Caldecott: The Speeches Revisited

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

 

Anyone who has ever attended the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet at Midwinter knows the place is always packed, and it’s not the food that draws the crowd. It’s not really the company either, however fine that may be. It’s the opportunity to pay tribute to the winners and the anticipation of getting a tiny glimpse of the people behind the books. A compilation of the speeches from the last decade, In the Words of the Winners, allows us to enjoy the speeches anew, in print this time and enriched by a personal profile of each medalist contributed by a friend or colleague. Below are a few teasers…. 
 
“Anyone who has reached this podium has traveled a long trail. Few have traveled a longer than I have, across thirty years and thirty books. I am not a quick study. It has...
12/15/2010

New Children's Programming Monthly: Welcome Winter

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but in Chicago it’s 15 degrees. Our Midwestern weather is one of the reasons the new issue of Children’s Programming Monthly is dedicated to Old Man Winter and his frosty friends.

Not everybody celebrates snow, but it seems enough Editions authors do to enable us to present you with a wonderful array of programs that make the most of bright, snowy days. We can stay toasty indoors while sharing Kathy Macmillan’s comical prop story “Getting Dressed to Play in the Snow” or  singing along to  Rob Reid's gleeful snow-themed adaptation of the old camp song “Do Your Ears Hang Low.” Patterns to outfit a flannelboard snowman, early literacy link for preschoolers, a wealth of...

10/06/2010

Childrens Programming Monthly: We Want to Hear Your Ideas!

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

Well, Children’s Programming Monthly is off to a good start, and we have already had inquiries about submitting programs for publication. Look for submission guidelines in the January issue. In the meantime, we have put together a selection of upcoming issues meant to please. Look for “Add It Up” in December, chockablock with programs and resources to put little ones in a counting mood.  Then welcome winter with our January issue, which promises to keep the fun inside while the cold stays out.  Have children pack their pillows and blankets in February for a cozy pajama party. Our “Good Morning, Good Night” issue will help you plan.

What themes would you like to see in future issues? Maybe a who’s who at the zoo or an issue devoted to stars and the sky?  Do you have great...

09/13/2010

Introducing Children's Programming Monthly

Posted by Stephanie Zvirin

Whether we set the stage with “In the beginning,” “Once upon a time,” or “Long ago and far away,” everyone expects a story to follow. Finding a good story is easy; building a successful storytime isn’t. As librarians, we actively encourage children to come to our programs, but let’s face it, we aren’t all comfortable in front of a group of wiggly, irrepressible kids, and we don’t have time to plan a different program every week. What’s more, longer class visits mean the 20-minute program you presented in the library last year is much too short now.

Whatever your situation, Children’s Programming Monthly, a new online magazine from ALA Editions, will put you a step ahead. This electronic newsletter, available in easy-to-download PDFs, is devoted to ideas that will help you build library programs for children in preschool through grade three. Each themed...

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