Mother Goose Programs

For over 25 years the Vermont Center for the Book has not only helped change the lives of thousands of young children and their families, but it has empowered librarians, teachers and child-care providers to use picture books, conversation, and standards-based activities to transform the learning lives of thousands of young children all over the country.

How do we do this?  In short, with our Mother Goose Programs, we’ve put into practice what children’s librarians have always known:  You can use a picture book to talk about—and learn about—virtually anything.

We are proud to be one of 50 state Centers for the Book, affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

What’s new?
Pre-register for the Red Clover Award conference, which will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The first 100 registrants will receive a free set of the 2017-2018 nominees (limit: one set per school or library), thanks to the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Gaia Cornwall, author/illustrator of Jabari Jumps, will keynote the conference.

Three Mother Goose Cares courses are taking place this Fall in Waterbury, Morrisville/Highgate and Randolph. Email us for more information about dates and locations.

The Red Clover Award winner has been announced! Here’s the full vote tally as of 5-18-17.

We are partnering with the Vermont Department of Libraries on a new VELI-STEM project, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Twenty-five Vermont libraries are participating in this three-year project. The second-year training conference took place on April 24 and 25, 2017. The topic for the second year is Building and Engineering. We are developing a weebly site for the project; the site includes a STEM Clearinghouse of website links and STEM activities for preschool children, families and child-care providers.

Here are the new Red Clover Award Nominees for 2017-2018! What’s the Red Clover Award and how do Vermont students prepare to vote for their favorites? Here’s what they do at Underhill ID School in Chittenden County.

Are you looking for more activities and other Red Clover Award resources? Library media specialists (and Red Clover committee members) Carol Scrimgeour and Carrie Speranza have put together an excellent Red Clover program resource for all educators. Be sure to visit their Red Clover Award website when you have a chance.