Home

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?
We are offering STEM in the Early Years at the Early Childhood Institute at Castleton University, July 23-26. Register today for this three-credit (undergrad or graduate) course! In addition to three credits, students will receive training, picture books and hands-on materials to use with children in their care. This is an interactive, hands-on course.

Thanks to funding provided by the A.D. Henderson Foundation, we’re also offering four two-day STEM in the Early Years trainings for early educators in the Manchester/Arlington, Bradford, Middlebury and Milton areas in Summer and Fall 2018. Email us for more information.

And this year’s Red Clover Award winner is….Frankencrayon! By 12 votes! Here’s the full tally (CORRECTED).

Here are the Red Clover Award Nominees 2018-2019!

This is the final year of VELI-STEM, our project with the Vermont Department of Libraries  funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Twenty-five Vermont libraries have been participating in this three-year project. The third-year training conference will take place on April 23 and 24, 2018. The topics for this final year are Light and Sound. 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.

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.