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?
Activities for this year’s Red Clover Award nominees have been uploaded. Check back as we add more throughout the year.

And speaking of Red Clover, you can register for this year’s conference. The conference is October 7 with keynote speaker (and Red Clover Award winner) Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit. Drew will sign copies of his winner, along with the just-published The Day the Crayons Came Home, available for sale by the Norwich Bookstore.
Endnote speaker is writer and poet Geof Hewitt.

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.

VELI librarians are working with Family, Friends and Neighbors (FFN) providers in their communities, thanks towho take care of children from birth through preschool.

Thanks to Vermont Birth to Five, childcare providers in Windham County and St. Albans were trained in More Than Feelings in March and April.

We presented Push and Pull: Exploring Scientific Inquiry in the Early Childhood Classroom at the VT Association for the Education of Young Children conference last fall 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)