By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: March 2014
When was the last time you read a children’s picture book? Not long ago, a fourth grade student from Big Park School came into Sedona Public Library in the Village to find books to read to achieve her reading goals. As I was assisting her with her reading selections, I was reminded why I love children’s literature and how much I miss reading picture books. In my former job as a school library media teacher, I had many opportunities to share picture books with students. During library lessons there were several objectives: to teach children about quality literature, to develop listening skills, and to instill the love of reading. In fact, I recently saw two former students, both in their early twenties, who told me that their favorite part of coming to the library was story time when the library teacher read books aloud to the class and pointed out the power of illustrations.
Do you love children’s literature too? There are many wonderful picture books from which to choose. Of course, you can always rely on classics such as “Goodnight Moon,” “Stone Soup,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and “The Giving Tree.” Every time I read “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems, I have to laugh because that crazy pigeon’s antics are hysterical.
If you enjoy books with beautiful illustrations, don’t forget the Caldecott Medal Winners and Caldecott Honor Books. In 2014 Brian Floca received the Caldecott Medal for his book “Locomotive.” To learn more about the Caldecott Medal and children’s literature in general, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has an outstanding website. You may access this website at http://www.ala.org/alsc.
Do you want to know what children in Arizona are reading? Don’t miss the Grand Canyon Reader Awards. This program is for students in grades K-12 who live in Arizona. Each year students may vote for their favorite book in the following categories: Picture, Non-Fiction, Intermediate, and Tween. Voting for the Teen category is optional. In 2013 students in Arizona voted “Art & Max” by David Wiesner as their favorite picture book. The Grand Canyon Reader Award website is http://www.grandcanyonreaderaward.org.
March seems like the perfect time to pay tribute to picture books, as libraries across the country celebrate “Read Across America Day” on Monday, March 3 in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Who can forget “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “Hop on Pop”? Because of humor, word choice, and rhyme, these books are definitely meant to be read aloud.
You are never too old to enjoy a picture book. I like to snuggle up and read aloud to my kitty. Her favorite book is “Three Stories You Can Read Aloud to Your Cat” by Sara Swan Miller. Pick up a book today and share your love of reading!
Library Events in the Village:
Arizona Humanities Council Program: On Wednesday, March 12, Dr.Reba Wells Grandrud of the Arizona Humanities Council will present “Cora Viola Slaughter: Southern Arizona Ranchwoman.” The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. The program is free and open to the public. Donations welcome! Following the presentation, pick up your loaner copy of “Filaree: A Novel of American Life” for the April community book discussion. You may also order the large print version from the library catalog.
Rotating Artists Program: Sally Stryker will display her found art assemblages at Sedona Public Library in the Village beginning Tuesday, March 18. A reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, March 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Village library. Some of the artist’s work will be for sale. All proceeds benefit SPL-V
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102 in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the Library is closed, please return library materials to the book drop box. If you need assistance when SPL-V is closed, you may call the main Library at 928.282.7714. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928.284.1603 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need directions to Sedona Public Library in the Village. Thank you for your continuing support of library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
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Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.