At The Same Moment, Around The World
by Clotide Perrin
Published: Chronicle (March 11,2014)
Recommended Reading Age: 5-8
In a nutshell: Days, hours, minutes, seconds…. Time is a complex notion for both kids and adults to ponder. At The Same Moment, Around The World helps lighten the load by taking its reader on a trip to visit regions, and the people who inhabit those regions, in 24 time zones, each connected by one moment in time. Visit Keita counting fish in Dakar, Senegal, Lilu eating lunch in the Himalayan Mountains, and Chen practicing for the Lunar New Year Parade in Shanghai, China. Like these characters, we are separated by miles and miles and may be experiencing different times of the day, but our day-to-day moments of sharing a meal or watching the sunset reminds us that we are more alike than different, regardless of where we live or what time it is. After a trip around the world, learn about timekeeping, the invention of time zones, and how we keep time today at the end of the book. There is also a nifty fold-out map of the places visited with their corresponding characters. But once you close the book, you might find yourself immediately reopening it to admire the warm, vibrant illustrations that abound on each page. Take a gander:
A wonderful picture book for a classroom read-aloud, or a child interested in geography, of the element that dictates our days and connects us all on the planet which we live; time.
Extras: Visit Clotide Perrine’s website.
A list of online activities for learning about time zones
Source of book reviewed: Copy provided by the wonderful folks over at Chronicle.
Welcome to Reading Together 2.0! I decided to change things up a bit for this regular feature here on good ol’ Sturdy for Common Things regarding the books I’m reading with my kids (Lorelei is 3-years-old, and Mira is 3-months-old). I’m doing away with the long list of books with mini-blurbs, because who has time for that when you have an infant? A few fun and favorite reads of late will be featured on the Reading Together channel (i.e. my Vimeo account), and a short list of other books we’re enjoying together will be included. We are an amateur production, so get ready for a few laughs. ALSO, I’ve decided to make the Books We’re Reading Together Pinterest pinboard public! Instead of this pinboard being about what I’m reading with my kids, I want to open it up to anyone interested in sharing what they’re reading together with their kiddos so it will serve as one giant community booklist. If you’d like to contribute, send me a message with the email address you use to log onto Pinterest and I’ll add you.
Hope you enjoy the new format. Here we go!
What we’re reading together:
Two of the books mentioned were winners of the CLEL Bell Book Awards, a brand spanking new book award devoted to exceptional picture books that support important early literacy traits. Here’s a list of books highlighted in the video:
Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo
Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Nighty-Night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack
What’s the Magic Word? by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Marsha Winborn
Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nick Bromley, illustrated by by Nicola O’Byrne
The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud
More books we’re reading together:
Wild Berries by Julie Flett
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade and Jon Buller
Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Annie Patterson
Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel, illustrated by David Catrow
Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures adapted by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by Gail De Marcken
How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge
The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
I Spy A to Z A book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo, photographs by Walter Wick
Pantone Color Puzzles: 6 Color-Matching Puzzles by Patone and Tad Carpenter
Mira is usually around when I’m reading with Lorelei, but here are a few we read sans older sister.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Hello Baby: Words by Roger Priddy
I Like It When… by Mary Murphy
All other books reviewed or listed came from our local library!
How can you take the joy of reading one step further for kids?
Introduce them to the brains behind the magical worlds of children’s literature! The authors and illustrators!
What if you don’t have the budget to bring authors to your public library?
Host a virtual author talk!
I’m a huge fan of hosting virtual author talks at the library. It’s low cost, low maintenance programming that’s inspiring, promotes interest in reading, and is SO MUCH FUN! Some of my favorite things about reading are the connections that occur between the reader and the book, between readers, and between the reader and the author. It is an intimate connection. I’ve hosted author talks as a highlight of large programs like Read Across Lawrence for Kids, and I’ve also hosted them as one-off fun events during the summertime.
The preparation consists of reaching out to the author, a test call, and the actual event. That’s it!
I’ve put together a simple step-by-step of how to host a virtual author talk at your library, with a few tips along the way:
1. Pick an Author
Take note of what books kids are checking out. Take note of what books are coming out around the time you would like to schedule a virtual author talk. If an author has a book coming out, there is extra motivation to promote their new title. Even if they don’t have a new title out, schedule permitting they’re usually down with talking books with young people. Children’s authors are cool like that. Instilling the joy of reading with kids? They’re all about it! We librarians and kid lit people are a team!
2. Contact the Author or Publisher
I’ve found that more often than not it is easier to reach out to the the author directly. That has been my experience at least. They’re usually quicker to respond than the publisher, too. You can find an author’s contact information on their blog or author website. If you would like to reach out to the publisher, visit the publisher’s website. There is usually a contact for the point person that handles school visits and author talks. The ‘big time’ kid lit authors usually have a fee attached when it comes to virtual author talks, and you will have to go through the publisher to book that event. If you can afford it, GREAT! If you are purchasing their books in bulk to give away for say a One Book, One Community program like Read Across Lawrence for Kids, they may waive the fee. If you have no $$ and aren’t purchasing books, fear not. Many authors do not require a fee at all. Email and ask! They will be delighted to hear from you. If they come back and say there is a fee attached, kindly thank them and say you will keep them in mind when you have the budget. No harm, no foul. And if they agree to the event for free? Yippee!
3. Event Format
After you have an author that is interested in participating, figure out what the format of the event will be. The author might have a presentation they would prefer to use or you can do an interview style program where you ask questions that the author answers. If you choose the later route, send the questions the week before so they can be prepared. I like to keep the questions more about the author and the type(s) of books they write rather than the actual stories, in case audience members haven’t read the books. In the programs I host, the kids are in no way obligated to have read books by the author. A few examples of these types of questions include:
“What books did you like to read when you were a kid?”
“When did you know you wanted to be an author?”
“Where do you get your ideas for the books you write?”
“What advice to you give to kids that want to become writers?”
“What is your favorite trick off the diving board?”
I’m happy to send a list of questions I’ve used if you’re interested. Also, VERY, VERY, VERY important–> Budget time for Q&A with the kids! This is by far the best part of virtual author talks. I usually propose 20-30 minutes (depending on the audience age) of presentation/interview followed by at least 15 minutes of Q&A. Whether you went through the publisher or the author, don’t hesitate to ask if they have any books or swag they would be willing to give to the kids. At the end of the virtual author talk, I usually raffle away free goodies. Everyone loves FREE.
4. Promote the Event
Hang up fliers in the library, add the event to your web and paper calendar, post on social media, do whatever you do to get the word out.
Optional step: Hook up with your local bookstore! They might be willing to throw in a few books to give away to the kids. Let them know you are hosting an author talk, because they will want to purchase a few extra copies of the books the featured author wrote. They might even want to hang up a flier for the event (if you have one) so they can stir up interest in their customers.
5. Test Call
Make sure you have a quick test call with the author a day or two before the event. Do the call at the same time and in the same room as the event to make sure there isn’t connectivity issues. And if there are issues, this will give you time to resolve them.
6. The Big Day!
Set up the room. Display books by the author for patrons to checkout afterwards. I usually call the author 5-10 minutes before the event and then turn the audience screen off. When It’s time to start, I turn the screen on, introduce the author, and start. I like to leave lots of room for Q&A and also a minute or two to raffle away goodies. Seeing an author or illustrator in their own environment is unforgettable. The library kids have met an author’s kids and they’ve taken a tour of where an author works. Meeting an author’s pet is also a very popular perk.
This last part is mandatory. Be sure to send the author a big THANK YOU email afterwards. More often then not, kids will talk about these types of events well after they have happened. They check out the books the author mentions, and they devour books that the author has written. For the few hours it takes to pull a virtual author talk together, the impact it has on kids lingers for days, weeks, months, years…
If you have any questions about hosting a virtual author talk at your public library, please feel free to email me at sturdyforcommonthings (at) gmail (dot) com.
The latest In the Field post is up on the University of Washington iYouth Blog featuring librarian Anne Clark! Anne is the children’s department head of Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library, the main branch of the Bay County Library System in Bay City, Michigan. It was announced just a few days ago that Anne will be receiving the Frances H. Pletz Award from the Michigan Library Association for exhibiting “the same outstanding quality of service to teens during the past year or years as the award’s namesake”. Total rockstar status.
Please be sure to check her interview here: In the Field: Meet Anne Clark
“In the Field” is a monthly series that introduces library students to innovative, awesome librarians rocking the library world and providing amazing services to kids and teens across the country.
Thank you Anne for being the featured guest on iYouth!
A week ago, I had a good block of time scheduled out to write a few blog posts, a rare occurrence due to grad school and even more so because of the wee ones. The stars were aligned for awesome blogging time, BUT when I went to log into my blog it was’t there. Blank screen. I tried different browsers. Nothing. Nothing but panic.
It turns out the digital server my blog was hosted on fried, so we (when I say “we” I mean my techie brother) had to migrate everything over to a different server and had no idea what was going to survive. I had to wait throughout the afternoon and into the night to learn what the damage was. During that time, all I could think about was what if those three years vanished?
As you can see, all is not lost. THANK THE CYBER GODS! We were able to recover the majority of Sturdy for Common Things. There are handfuls of images that didn’t survive the transfer, so I’ve been combing through to find those. (If you come across one, please let me know and I’ll fix it.)
Obviously, this was a huge sigh of relief. However, I do find myself reflecting on those hours of limbo and the potential of having to start over. It would have been a painful loss, but it would also have been an opportunity to start anew. Sturdy for Common Things has changed so much from when I started writing here. I have changed so much. Sometimes a minor crisis is all you need to figure out the direction you want to go. My blogging will still be a bit on the sporadic side for the time being, but get ready for some changes going into the spring season. Time to hit refresh.