Mother Goose ProgramsFor 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.

What’s new?
The nominees for the 2015-2016 Red Clover Award have been announced!

Are you looking for more activities and other Red Clover Award resources? Library media specialists (and Red Clover committee members) Carol Scrimgeour and Kate Davie 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.

We brought together the VELI librarians (Vermont Early Literacy Initiative) on November 6 for a one-day training on More Than Feelings: Social-Emotional Development in Young Children with funding provided by the Henderson Foundation and the VT Department of Libraries. Participating librarians received books, hands-on learning materials and resources for in-library and outreach programs. Are you a Vermont public librarian and would like to participate in the new round of VELI training in Spring 2015? Let us know!

We presented Push and Pull: Exploring Scientific Inquiry in the Early Childhood Classroom at the VT Association for the Education of Young Children conference on October 24 in Burlington with our colleague April Zajko. Here are some resources from the session:

Push and Pull Book List
Collecting Data and Graphic Representation
Inventory of Materials-Force and Motion
Force and Motion Book List-Zajko
VAEYC Paper/Flight Activities
NSTA Position Statement: Early Childhood Science Education (2014)
Let it Roll: Exploring Motion With Young Children (Science and Children)
Ramps and Pathways (NAEYC)
Dialogue for Kids: Idaho Public Television
Teach Junkie (blog)

Child Care Support Services at VT Achievement Center in Rutland, VT hosted More Than Feelings, VCB’s new program for infant/toddler caregivers in October 2014. Mary Johnson Child Care Services in Middlebury, VT hosted the same program in November.  We will present these workshops again in 2015, depending on funding. Let us know if you’d be interested in hosting or attending a More Than Feelings workshop.

The Red Clover Award Conference handouts have been uploaded. It was a great conference! Kudos to keynote speaker David Macaulay and endnote speaker Leda Schubert—and to all of you who attended. Would you like to purchase this year’s Red Clover Award guide? Contact us to purchase the guide and we’ll send you all the info.