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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?
Thanks to the presenters, librarians and teachers who attended the September 26th Red Clover Award conference. It was a success! We especially thank keynote speaker Gaia Cornwall, author/illustrator of Jabari Jumps, who keynoted the conference. Special thanks to the Vermont Department of Libraries who provided sets of the Red Clover Award nominees to the attendees. We also thank the Vermont School Library Association for its conference sponsorship. Handouts and other materials from the conference and this year’s program are posted here.

Three Mother Goose Cares courses are taking place this Fall in Waterbury, Morrisville/Highgate and Randolph.

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 this second year was 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 specialist Carrie Speranza has put together an excellent Red Clover program resource for all educators. Be sure to visit her Red Clover Award website when you have a chance.