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Playopedia: A New Play Resource

There's been a lot of talk lately about the benefits play provides young children. It's being talked about on blogs, in research, in libraries, and in early childhood education centers. Parents are certainly encouraged to make sure their children are getting plenty of time to just PLAY (although, as a child's brain develops, it's never JUST play, is it?)

Friday Funday: Golden Book Dress.

This may be an oldie, but it's definitely a goodie! Artist Ryan Noveline created a "storybook gown" using nothing but old copies of Golden Books.

Just in time for One World, Many Stories! Multicultural Songs and Rhymes

For those of us using the "One World, Many Stories" theme for our summer reading programs, and for anyone interested in learning songs and rhymes in new languages or with multilingual service populations, this new site from the Burnaby Public Library is SO useful.

Friday Funday! Real-life "Make Way for Ducklings"

Remember Robert McCloskey's lovely book "Make Way For Ducklings?" Well here's a real-life story that happened much the same way!
 
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r/28078870/detail.html

Friday Funday! Interjections!

If you are of my generation, you grew up learning about grammar, history, science, and math not only in school but via your saturday morning cartoons. Remember Schoolhouse Rock? I can still sing large parts of these songs (it's how I know the Preamble to the Constitution), so obviously, they did their job! This is one of my favorites. Which ones did you love?

 

Recursos en español: Colorín Colorado

**NOTE: THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF POSTS HIGHLIGHTING RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR LIBRARIANS WORKING WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING FAMILIES. EVENTUALLY, EACH OF THESE SITES WILL BE INCLUDED ON THEIR OWN PAGE ON THIS SITE FOR EASY ACCESS.**

Fed Chairman Weighs In On the Importance of Early Childhood Education

Via Washington Learning Systems read an excerpt of a speech the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave about "Challenges for State and Local Government", in which he says:

Friday Funday! Envelope Illustrations from Children's Book Author/Illustrators

Children's Book publisher Klaus Flugge, of Andersen Press, has collected almost 100 decorated letters from children's illustrators. The Guardian has compiled some of them here, with Flugge's own commentary.  Included are David McKee, Tony Ross, Emma Chichester-Clark, and Satoshi Kitamura, among others.
 

Friday Funday! Celebrate Flannel Friday!

A Colorado librarian named Melissa (a blogger here, too) had a great idea a few weeks ago: Why not start posting flannelboard ideas on her blog every friday and call it "Flannel Friday?" She posted her idea on twitter and soon 4 other librarians decided to join in. Now we are several weeks in, and there are lots of Flannel Friday posts for you to mine for great storytime ideas! The blogs are:

Friday Funday! "Little Magic Stories" Interactive Storytelling

Via holographs, an Xbox Kinect, and various other kinds of software, Chris O'Shea has created an amazing way to get children excited about storytelling!

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