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Books: How To Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esmé Raji Codell This book helps anyone who reads it to become a children’s book expert! Thematic booklists galore, hints on how to read-aloud, discussion of reading fallacies and every single thing you could need to get your community programming off of the ground. The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease This life-changing book offers the research base for read-aloud. Books to Grow On by Cheryl Coon The perfect guide for ﬁnding books that speak to most any issue a child might encounter (divorce, moving, character education, disabilities, etc.). A must-have for educators! The Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market by Alice Pope An industry standard, this can serve as an address book for all the children’s publishers; you can get in touch with authors and illustrators and get free promotional materials through their publicity departments. Terriﬁc Connections with Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links by Toni Buzzeo Everything you always wanted to know about author/illustrator visits but were afraid to ask.
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Websites: PlanetEsme.com Over a thousand reviews of the best contemporary children’s literature, perfect for collection development. Visit this website and whet your appetite for major page-turning! TheBestKidsBookSite.com Lives up to its name! A haven for ﬁnding crafts that match our favorite books. The Highsmith Upstart Catalog www.upstartpromotions.com, 1-800-448-4887 The premiere source for posters, bookmarks and reading promotions. SCBWI.org The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is your connection to authors and illustrators in your region, and a great organization to join if you are an aspiring book creator. Scholasticbookclubs.com An extremely affordable source through which to build your collection. Indiebound.org A directory of all the independent booksellers in the country. BreadfortheHead.com An example of a great salon in progress.
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too.com All rights reserved. Whom do I serve through my salon? While working directly with children always has its special charm and reward.8) • Intermediate readers (912) • Big Sibling/Little Sibling • English as a Second Language families • Gender-speciﬁc groups • SCBWI members What is a salon? A salon is a space that houses a book collection (hopefully one that reﬂects a criteria for excellence. Text copyright 2006-2009. The difference between a salon and school is informality.. It will also inspire others. Create a balance! Here are just a few ideas of groups you can facilitate: Get-ready-for-kindergarten • Grandparents • Neighborhood kids • Educators • Primary readers (ages 4 . Though you may want to offer support for your programming through computers or multimedia. Or toast a local bookseller. the more you will make people feel like they can do it. or the empowerment of teachers through a broader knowledge of the literature. one design element. author visits. What are some sample programs I can facilitate? You can have a Mother Goose lap time. Or a series of inspirational readings featuring picture books about great people in history. the signiﬁcant thing that a literary salon has to offer is the focus on helping people to recognize the power of receiving through the gifts of the written word and illustration. and that what they have to contribute is enough. Parents and teachers who may feel overwhelmed ﬁnd a place to relax and receive what you are trying to share. Or have a story time sleepover. Or host an autographing party for an author. Or…or…or…you could have a book club. There are no grades here. With over ﬁve thousand new children’s books out every year. Or have a poetry open mike. on their own terms. The difference between a salon and a book club is ﬂexibility. and to contribute in their own special ways. How would you design it? Even if you only have one thing going on the way you envision it. there is something of merit that you could point to in every book contained there) where programming takes place (story times. or an increased enthusiasm for reading in your immediate community). Children who may have previously had difﬁculty discovering a love of literature have a fresh slate on which to succeed.) in which you are striving towards a goal that is based in literacy (such as the perpetuation of read-aloud as a practice to continue through the age levels. clubs. Or try to share passages that made you cry…without crying. Or serve up a teacher book breakfast. i. etc. Or talk up the best new books of the season. you are gathering to celebrate literature any which way you can concoct..What is the difference between a salon and resources that already exist in my community? The difference between a salon and a library is that books come ﬁrst. Whatever ﬂoats your proverbial boat. Pretend you are Willy Wonka starting a book-loving factory. You don’t need a lot to begin. PlanetEsme. too. How do I begin? If you want a Bookroom. Or read aloud your favorite ﬁrst sentences. Libraries are increasingly becoming places for technology and research. At a literary salon. . Esme Raji Codell. that one thing will feed you because you will see you can do it! It is tremendously powerful to imagine something and then bring it into the tangible world. one program. keep in mind there is also a great and under-served need to inform parents and educators about great children’s literature.e. Book clubs generally follow a discussion format for one book that all of the members have read. Or celebrate an artist’s birthday by eating cupcakes and reading all the books s/he illustrated. it is difﬁcult for the people who serve children to navigate the shelves. book talks. the equation is books + room + people + enthusiasm.the more you do with what you have.