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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?
Red Clover votes are due on April 27—plenty of time to finish your program. Just email your tally to us so they can be tabulated. You can also fax them to us at 875-2790.  The winner will be announced later that week.

And 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.

Are you a Vermont public library not yet involved in the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative? We’re holding a two-day conference for new libraries on April 28 and 29 so this is your chance to get involved! Contact us if you’re interested in more information.

We brought together the VELI librarians 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.

Thanks to Vermont Birth to Three, childcare providers in Windham County and St. Albans will be 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 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)

Last year’s 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.