The nominees are chosen, and Wyoming’s K-12 students will soon have the chance to vote on their favorite books.
Each year, the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor three awards: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and the Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:
Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
Find booklists, event planning tools, and more at dia.ala.org.
The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has released a collection of free online games to teach children basic financial skills related to earning, saving and spending money.
The four interactive games — part of a series called Thinking Money for Kids and available at tm4k.ala.org — are designed for children ages 7 to 11 but are appropriate for other ages as well. They include:
Earning It: Follow the paths of characters Grace, Emma, and Kenji to see how their childhood interests translate into successful careers and opportunities to “give back” by volunteering.
Balance My Budget: Make choices about how to meet basic needs and treat yourself with a splurge here and there, while sticking to a monthly budget.
Money Trail: Starting with $500 in your bank account, make decisions about how to earn and spend.
Let’s Deal: Hear from buyers and vendors at a farmers’ market as they swap goods and learn about money.
Library workers are invited to use the games for in-person or virtual programming or to share them on library websites or social media. Additional financial literacy resources for library workers, including model programs and professional development, are available at Smart investing@your library.
The Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association invite you to submit nominations for the 2022 Wyoming Book Awards.
Each year, these two organizations jointly sponsor the awards to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books. Learn more and submit your nominations for each of these three awards:
The six books for next year’s Wyoming Reads have been selected — everything from chewing gum to seahorses to purple people! Wyoming’s first graders are going to have a hard time picking just one of these fabulous books to keep and cherish:
Brick by Brick by Heidi Woodward Sheffield
The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Stretchy McHandsome by Judy Schachner
On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
This Is a Seahorse by Cassandra Federman
Wyoming Reads is a statewide celebration focusing on the joy of reading. The highlight is that every first grade student in Wyoming receiving a hardback book with their name printed inside the cover, donated by the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation. John Jorgensen established the foundation in 1996 and founded the Casper Cares, Casper Reads festival to honor his late wife’s commitment to children and reading. The celebration was expanded statewide as Wyoming Reads in 2006.
Over the past several decades, practitioners across the country have recognized the strong correlation between parents’/caregivers’ educational attainment and children’s educational outcomes. Families succeed when they learn together.
Back in 1994, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) worked with Congress to designate November 1 as National Family Literacy Day. Since then, we have joined libraries, schools, and educational programs across the country to celebrate National Family Literacy Month throughout each November.
The month offers an opportunity for practitioners to emphasize the important role that families play in the education of their children. Whether it’s hosting a virtual reading workshop for families in your program or classroom or publicly recognizing families for their efforts during this difficult year, there are many ways to celebrate during this month.
This November, you are invited to take part in 30 Days of Families Learning Together, a guide providing a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together. Share your activities online using #NationalFamilyLiteracyMonth. You can also subscribe to NCFL’s Hotspot blog or follow them on social media to learn about useful resources and strategies throughout the month.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.
There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources, and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions. A library card is an essential item on the back-to-school supplies list.
This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.
Embrace Race, a national nonprofit of parents and educators; website includes webinars, articles, and collection development tools with the goal of raising a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race
Diverse BookFinder, a collection analysis tool and comprehensive collection of children’s picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color from Bates College
We Need Diverse Book, a nonprofit of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people
As libraries of all types are expanding their digital collections and exploring virtual program offerings, this free guide is offered as a comprehensive resource to support librarians in this shift to more virtual work. Topics covered in this guide include:
Serving Diverse Children and Families
Promoting Virtual Storytime Programs
Other Virtual Children’s Programs
External Resources to Support Early Literacy
Each of these sections includes resources and suggestions for library leadership, departments involved in the virtual program editing or marketing processes, and virtual program providers.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has received many questions recently about virtual and online storytimes. They wanted to curate a few resources that may be helpful during this time. If you need legal advice, they would highly recommend that you reach out to your library’s, city’s or county’s legal counsel if available.