Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Morning Miscellany v.7

Despite (or because of) the groundhog's prediction of six more weeks of winter, I'll be trying to keep busy. Here are some things to look forward to:

February is Black History Month, and we're fortunate that resources abound.

Be sure to check out The Brown Bookshelf each day.
From their website:
"The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative of is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans."

Also, check out the US government's African American History Month site.  It features a page "for teachers" with links to useful resource sites, including the Library of Congress.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, begin in a few days!  Break out your globes, your Russian folktales, and some books on skating and skiing.  The Olympics is a great storytime theme.

February has Valentine's Day.  I'll be posting tomorrow about my new favorite books.  In the meantime, check out my old favorites in a previous post on Storytime Favorites for Valentine's Day.

To My Valentine [1890]
 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Washington, D.C. 20540

Today is Nonfiction Monday.  All of the Nonfiction Monday posts (including this one), are now collected at the new Nonfiction Monday blog.  Be sure to check it out.

And finally, looking forward ... next month is Women's History Month.  For the 4th consecutive year, fellow librarian and blogger, Margo Tanenbaum of the Fourth Musketeer, and I will be hosting and curating the blog, KidLit Celebrates Women's History Month!  Each post in March will feature noted authors, illustrators, librarians and book bloggers including Gretchen Woelfle, Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks, Mary Ann Scheuer and more. (See the blog's sidebar for the complete list of scheduled contributors.)  It's going to be an awesome month!  We do have a few dates still open.  If you have a unique idea, book, or essay related to children's literature and women's history, and you would like to see it featured on our blog, please contact me or Margo as soon as possible before all dates are taken.

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