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Kaitlyn’s Programming Corner: Touch a Truck! Jbrary’s Internet Finds

Library Gay-Straight Alliance


Numbers: A Mandarin & English Preschool Storytime Non-Traditional Families in Picture Books: An Annotated Bibliography

1 Message from the Editors 2


YAACS Award: Seeking Volunteers for the 2014 Committee 3 YAACS Award Nominations 6 Ukulele Storytime Workshop 6 Summer Reading Club Update 5 Red Cedar Awards Update 7


Kaitlyn’s Programming Corner


Message from the Chair

Touch a Truck! Kaitlyn Vardy

Winter 2014

8 Teens Only A Teen Programming Success Story: Library Gay-Straight Alliance By Amy Dawley 11 We’ll Link to That! Jbrary’s Internet Finds by Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks 13 Who’s on the Felt Board? The Paper Bag Princess by Kaylea Cormier 15 Vintage YAACING Sharing Picture Books with Older Elementary Grades By April Ens 21 Image from January Magazine

Y A A C S ( Y o u n g Adults and Children’s Services) is a section of the British Columbia Library Association. Founded in 1980, our members include librarians, teacher-librarians and other library workers interested in services to youth in British Columbia. Our purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas among library personnel who work with Children and Young Adults.


YAACING is 4 times per year.



Editors: April Ens and Alicia Cheng Art Director: Liza Capdecoume

If you are interested in submitting anything for publication, send it to Next Deadline: February 14, 2014

Image courtesy of Fabulous Scavenger.

features Numbers: A Mandarin & English Preschool Storytime by Danielle Wing and Shanshan (Daisy) Hui 25 1, 2, 3! Counting with Animals: A Preschool Storytime by Alexandria Yurgensen and Sae Yong Kim 28

Non-Traditional Families in Picture Books: An Annotated Bibliography by Jane Whittingham 30 Book Review 33 Call for Submissions 34

message from the chair

Happy Winter Yaacs Image from SimpleJoysPaperie


appy Winter YAACS, With the cold weather settling in and the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to be thinking about… the conference! Yes?

This week I had the opportunity to take part in selecting which proposals would make the short list for the upcoming BCLA conference. Without giving away too much (sessions haven’t yet been confirmed so I’m still obliged to remain in the cone of silence), I’m happy to report that we received an increased number of proposals this year with some stellar children’s/teen services representation. I hope you’ll be pleased with what we’ve selected for you. I’ll also be looking forward to our meeting in January, where we’ll begin planning how to promote YAACS at this year’s conference. So Season’s Greetings to you all and may you be thinking happy conference thoughts through the winter.

Saara Itkonen YAACS Chair, BCLA


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message from the editors

Happy Winter! We’re very excited to bring you this issue, the second YAACING in a row to feature the debut of a new column. In Fall 2013 we introduced Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks’ column (now re-named) We’ll Link to That! which connects you to some of the best library links and online resources they’ve stumbled across over the last few months. This issue we’re adding Kaitlyn’s Programming Corner by Kaitlyn Vardy of the Prince George Public Library. If her first column is any indication, these aren’t your ordinary library programs. We hope her innovative “Touch a Truck” inspires you as much as it did us. We’d like to give a big editorial thank you to Lindsey, Dana, Kaitlyn, and Amy, our four regular column writers who make YAACING so much richer for their contributions. We’re also pleased to present some excellent news from a couple of our favourite literary programs, plus two storytimes, a book list, and a felt story pattern for The Paper Bag Princess. Keep sending us your fantastic work, and sharing the news from your corner of the province. Happy Winter!

Alicia Cheng and April Ens YAACING Editors


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Seeking Volunteers for the 2014 Committee

At the 2013 BC Library Conference, the Young Adult and Children’s Services section was honoured to present our second annual YAACS award to two fantastic librarians: Ellen Heaney and Amy Dawley As 2014 rolls around, we are looking for a new set of committee members to receive nominations and select the winner of the 2014 YAACS Award. We are interested in including representatives from libraries across the province, and with a range of experience, from new graduates to seasoned veterans. Committee members are not required to be currently working in youth services, only to have an interest in this area. YAACS Award is looking for two 2 year term committee members and two 1 year term members. If you are interested in participating, please email

YAACS Award Nominations The Young Adult & Children’s Services (YAACS) Award recognizes exceptional service in the area of children’s or teen librarianship in British Columbia. Outstanding library service to children, teens, and communities depends on dedication from all levels of an organization. YAACS invites nominations of librarians, library technicians, teacher-librarians and others who have, as individuals or teams, demonstrated exceptional dedication in such areas as: 1. Commitment to quality service to children, teens, caregivers and supporting organizations 2. Collaboration and partnerships with their community 3. Promotion of family literacy 4. Innovation and creativity applied to the benefit of young people

Nominations may be sent to the YAACS Award Committee at This year’s award will be presented at the BCLA conference in Vancouver.


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Please include the following: •

Name and contact information of nominator

Nominee: o Name(s) o Contact information o Title(s) and place of employment o Reasons for nomination

Individual nominees or institutions (in the case of a team nomination) are required to be BCLA members.

Ukulele Storytime Workshop Want to freshen up your storytime routine? Add a little zing? Join us for an afternoon of songs and stories! Els Kushner and Suzy Arbor will be leading a ukulele storytime workshop. When: Friday January 31, 2:00-4:00pm Where: City Centre Library, Surrey, Room 120 Cost: $20 To register, email Spaces are limited. Bring your ukulele and get ready for some fun! by Caroline Johnson YAACS Continuing Education Coordinator Lower Mainland (with Rachel Yaroshuk)


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Summer Reading Club Update news

Get ready to laugh yourself silly this summer! The 2014 BC Summer Reading Club theme will be:

Funny Business! Seven weekly sub-themes have been selected to tickle your funny bone (and use as inspiration for your programs, activities, displays, and contests): Pun and Games – Jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, and wordplay Funny People – Comedians, clowns, street performers, and other funny folks That’s Gross! – Yucky facts, revolting rhymes, disgusting foods, and repulsive habits Funny Pages – Cartooning, comic books, comic strips, and zines Reading on the Floor Laughing – Funny books, silly stories, tall tales, and hilarious verse Something Funny is Going on Here – Mysteries, disguises, brainteasers, and magic tricks Tales with a Twist – Parodies, fractured fairy tales, surprise endings, and plot-your-own stories We are thrilled to announce that this year’s BC Summer Reading Club artist will be: 

Jeremy Tankard!!! After spending several years in South Africa and the United States, Jeremy arrived in Canada when he was 8. He lived in Calgary, then Toronto, and moved with his family to Vancouver about a year ago. While Jeremy has always loved to draw, it wasn’t until he grew older that he realized he draws in order to tell stories. He self-identifies as an authorstrator and can frequently be found doodling and drawing in his sketchbook.  Jeremy attended the Alberta College of Art & Design where he studied drawing and print-making. His early career focused on editorial illustrations for publications such as Time magazine, Fortune, The New York Times, Guitar Player, Royal Bank, and The Globe & Mail. However, when his daughter Hermione became a toddler, Jeremy found himself reading stacks of picture books and was reminded of the main reason he had wanted to attend art school in the first place — to create picture books!  Jeremy’s characters are vivid, quirky and hilarious. His books include: Grumpy Bird (Scholastic Press), Me Hungry (Candlewick Press), Boo Hoo Bird (Scholastic Press), Piggy Bunny (Feiwel and Friends), and It’s a Tiger! (Chronicle Books). Jeremy is hard at work on his chapter book debut, Clover the Uncredible (Scholastic 2015), and on the illustrations for a forthcoming collection of poetry by Dennis Lee. To learn more about Jeremy Tankard and his work, please visit his website: The SRC Committee is thrilled to have Jeremy Tankard on board as our artist for a summer full of “Funny Business!”



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Many thanks go out to the amazing team members who each contribute to making this program a huge success throughout the province: Cynthia Ford (Summer Reading Club Coordinator)  Andrea Brown of Vancouver Public Library (Committee Chair) Randi Robin of Burnaby Public Library (Committee Past Chair) Fatima Ferreira of Greater Victoria Public Library (Content Coordinator) Kate Adams and Cindy Kloos of Richmond Public Library (Content Coordinators) Susan McCowan of Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (Content Coordinator) Victor Or of Surrey Public Library (Content Coordinator) Dana Ionson of Fraser Valley Regional Library (Content Coordinator) Roger Handling of Terra Firma Digital Arts (Graphic Designer) Neil Firkin of BC Libraries Co-op (Web Design) Jeannette Duguay of Jentekk Web Solutions (Web Design) Mari Martin, Library Consultant, Libraries and Literacy Allie Douglas, Office Manager at BCLA Annette DeFaveri, Executive Director of BCLA

The BC Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and public libraries throughout British Columbia, with support from the Ministry of Education, Libraries and Literacy, The Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister, and the RBC Financial Group (Royal Bank). Our “Funny Business!” booklists and program suggestions will be available early next year on the SRC Librarians’ website: The SRC Kids’ website will launch in June 2014.   If you have questions, comments or suggestions about the BC Summer Reading Club, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Andrea Brown, the BC SRC Chair, at: or Cynthia Ford, the BC SRC Coordinator, at: Andrea Brown, BC Summer Reading Club Chair & Cynthia Ford, BC Summer Reading Club Coordinator



Red Cedar Awards Update The registration for the 2013/2014

Red Cedar Book Awards has opened!


e apologise that our site was unavailable recently but it’s up and running, with some content still being added, so check back for more updates, but you can now register your reading group.

You’ll need to register your group in order to have access to all the online resources available, and to be able to vote in April. All group leaders need to create a new account. Even if you had an account last year, you’ll need to register for a new one this year. Registration is free, and it’s easy. Go to the Red Cedar website. Select “Group Leaders Resources Website”. Select the blue link on the left hand side “register”. It will take you to a new page. Please fill out the required info and click Submit. Once your group is registered, you will have access to group leader resources, including wall charts, tips about evaluating books, etc. If you have trouble creating an account, or have questions about Red Cedar, feel free to email us at Stickers and spine labels are still available (see below). Email and we’ll mail them out to you. We are looking forward to another fantastic year. Anna Redman President, Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of B.C. 150-900 Howe Street VANCOUVER BC V6Z 2M4

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent via chq to the address above or contact the email address above. YAACING WINTER 2013

New This Year! If you register your group by midnight on December 14th, you will be entered into a draw to win a copy of each of the nominated titles. We will be doing two separate draws; one for fiction, and one for the information titles, so you have two chances to win! Winners will be notified via email in mid December. Good luck! 1. 7

Kaitlyn’s Programming Corner

Touch a Truck! By Kaitlyn Vardy

KAITLYN’S PROGRAMMING CORNER! Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Vardy and I’m the Children’s Librarian at the Prince George Public Library. I’m excited to write this column, as I love sharing fun program ideas with other librarians. The first program I’m going to share with you is called “Touch a Truck.” Some of you may have heard of this program before, and some of you may wonder what trucks have to do with literacy, but rest assure this is a fabulous library program that children absolutely love!

PROGRAM: TOUCH A TRUCK! Touch a Truck has been a very successful children’s program at the Prince George Public Library. We have organized this program for 2 years, and each year it attracts approximately 600 people. What is Touch a Truck you ask? Touch a Truck is an event that requires us to bring different trucks/vehicles to a large rented outdoor space for children to check out the trucks, honk some horns, and talk to the operators. Some people may wonder what trucks have to do with libraries and literacy, and I answer that concern with, “Put a truck book on display and it’ll be gone in a day!” Trucks and other modes of transportation books are always flying off our shelves. The Touch a Truck program has given our library the opportunity to highlight all of the materials in our collection that reflect this event, and offers children an experience they’re sure to enjoy.

Here is a 5 step guide on how your library can organize a Touch a Truck event: 1. Pick a Date & Location: I host our Touch a Truck in May, and I start planning in January. This is because I like to give the volunteers plenty of notice, as many of the companies that volunteer have contract work booked months (even years) in advance. You’ll also need to book your required truck space well in advance. Since trucks are big, you’ll need to have a significant amount of space for the trucks to park. I feel lucky that the Prince George Public Library is attached to a civic building that has rentable outdoor space right outside our entrance. I know not all libraries are this lucky, so if you want to host a Touch a Truck program you’ll need to find a large enough space. How far in advance you’ll need to rent a truck space will depend on your library/city. YAACING WINTER 2013

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2. Contact Truck Participants Early As I previously mentioned, I host our Touch a Truck event in May, and in January I start sending emails and making phone calls to companies who may be willing to participate. I provide each company with an overview of why the library is hosting the event, and how their participation could really make the program more exciting for children. Honestly, one of the most pleasant organizational elements of this program was the willingness of others to participate. Here is a list of organizations to keep in mind when you’re contacting possible partners: • •

Fire hall Police station BC Ambulance

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Contracting companies •

Trucking companies •

Car dealerships

Local search and rescue organizations

Coliseum (for zamboni)

• Municipal maintenance departments (for garbage trucks/dump trucks) • •

Tow truck companies

Transport companies

Touch a Truck participants really benefit from participating in this program. It highlights their company’s community involvement, and they essentially get free marketing out of the deal. In 2013 we had a total of 16 trucks participate in our Touch a Truck program. In 2014 I’m hoping to have around 20 trucks. 3. Get Organized & Start Getting the Word Out Keep a list of each confirmed truck, and place them in the order of arrival time. It’s important to stagger each truck’s arrival time, as it allows you to strategically place each truck where you want it to go. Make sure you follow up with each participant a few weeks and a few days before the event to ensure you’re still in their calendars. It’s important to remember these participants are very busy, and they probably all appreciate a reminder.

Marketing this program is essential! We start marketing our Touch a Truck event about a month in advance, this helps us to get the buzz out in the community early. Most media outlets are excited to report this event, as it’s not everyday children have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and explore different trucks. Take advantage of social media too. Most libraries have Twitter and Facebook accounts so make sure you utilize these outlets, as they have proven to be extremely valuable marketing tools for our library. YAACING WINTER 2013

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4. The Big Day! On our Touch a Truck day, I make sure to bring my contact list of all the participants and wait for them to arrive and then show them where they need to park. Once the trucks are parked I like to offer the participants water bottles and snacks. During the event it gets very busy, so I make sure to walk around and talk to each participant to ensure everything is going well. You can also have a special truck themed storytime during the event. We did this last year, and our children’s programmer did it on the side of her truck, it was awesome! 5. Thank Your Truck Participants


hanking the companies who’ve volunteered their time to participate in the Touch a Truck program is important, because without them we would not have the event. What we did at the Prince George Public Library was gave the participants a big thank you shout out through purchasing an ad in our local newspaper. We listed all of the companies who participated in the event.

I hope this program idea intrigues you, and encourages other libraries to host a Touch a Truck day! If you have any questions regarding this event, please email me at

Kaitlyn Vardy is the Children’s Librarian at the Prince George Public Library.


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A Teen Programming Success Story

teens only

Library Gay-Straight Alliance


ay back in the Spring 2013 YAACING issue I wrote a column called “Programs that matter: Thinking teen programming beyond crafts and games.” In it, I detailed six different programs, ranging from stress busters to exam preparation and our newest program at the Prince George Public Library, a gay-straight alliance (GSA). At the time the article went to print, our first meeting hadn’t happened yet, and almost 9 months later I think it’s time to share the good news: Library GSA is AMAZING. A gay-straight alliance (GSA) is a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, twospirit, queer, questioning and/ or straight teens and teens with LGBTQ families to hang out and have fun with their friends and allies. I had been thinking about the need for a city-wide GSA for some time, and when I brought the idea before the library’s Youth Advisory Board to ask them if they thought something like this would work in Prince George, their response was an enthusiastic and very loud, “YES!” A small and informal subcommittee of YAB members was struck, and we got busy planning our goals, time lines, and structure. All agreed that a Library GSA was needed in the community as high schools have had varying degrees of success in maintaining consistent GSAs because of student and teacher turn over. Since that initial YAB meeting, YAB members have continued to stay involved in the planning and development of the GSA and were instrumental in gathering information in support of this program.


By Amy Dawley

In the early planning phases of the GSA, a colleague and I met local teachers involved in existing high school GSAs to be sure that our program would complement—not compete with—them and everyone was very supportive. Teachers and advocates were adamant that

youth needed a city-wide GSA so that teens could have additional supportive spaces to go to and

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further opportunities to interact with a wider community of teens. They were right. What started as a twicemonthly program in late February became a weekly program in June, when we heard from our teens how much they loved attending and meeting new people, and most importantly, that they desperately needed a weekly program in their lives. The impact of this program really hit home when a regularly-attending teen said it was the only time during their lives that they felt they could really be themselves. It was a life line. The Library GSA is designed as a city-wide group that is open to all teens in Prince George and we were lucky enough to receive a social grant to support this program from the City of Prince George. While I did the leg-work in terms of planning and seeking grant funds, the program itself is run by our intrepid teen services programmer and reader’s advisor (a new position at PGPL!), whose gentle nature and fun-loving attitude make him a hit with the teens. Under his creative direction and leadership, we’ve held various activities, workshops, and outings over the life of the Library GSA so far, including fun stuff like button making, movie nights, and games nights to workshops on the harderhitting topics like identity, sexual health, and suicide prevention and awareness to name a few. The community support has been overwhelming—we’ve had artists, speakers, public figures, and more coming to the GSA to meet and interact with the youth and share their life experiences. It’s been very

positively received by our school district administrators and teachers, all of whom report hearing good things about the Library GSA from their students. Most recently we held a special lock-in teens-only dance at the Library that was supported and sponsored by the Youth Advisory Board and Library GSA in partnership: Masqueerade! It was a first-ever teen dance to be held in the library and it was a smashing success. The teens loved being in the library after hours for a special party that celebrated openness and truly being themselves. They are already bugging us to host the next one.

WHY A GSA AT THE PRINCE GEORGE PUBLIC LIBRARY? 1. The Library offers a neutral, anonymous space to youth who do not feel comfortable attending a GSA in their own school, or who are worried about self-identifying by attending a school GSA 2. The Library is accessible to all teens in Prince George including home-schooled and street youth 3. Positions the library as a strong and innovative community youth advocate by offering what has traditionally been a school-based program in an accessible location available to all youth in the wider Prince George community. 4. The Library can offer a consistent and continuously-supported program that would meet the needs of youth in Prince George Program Goals and Outcomes 1. Promote the library to teens as a safe, welcoming place 2. Promote the library to teens as a social space 3. Outreach to teens who may not visit the public library 4. Deliver effective and relevant information service to all teens in Prince George 5. Outreach to teens who are disenfranchised and would benefit from a place where they can feel comfortable in their environment and find a community of others like themselves We are looking forward to the GSA’s one-year anniversary in February 2014 as things can only continue to get better. If you are considering a similar program in your library, please let me know. I’d love to help in any way I can and the GSA teens would be thrilled to know of another group like themselves in other BC libraries. Drop me a line any time at or 250-563-9251 ext. 158. Until next time, stay cozy out there in Libraryland!

Amy Dawley is the Teen Librarian and Acting Public Service Manager at the Prince George Public Library.


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Jbrary’s Internet Finds By Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks


We’ll Link to That!

In this column, Jbrary creators Dana and L i n d s e y continue to share their f a v o u r i t e i n t e r n e t finds of the season. Learn about the amazing things Children and Teen Librarians are doing across the continent!

This time around we didn’t have to look far for the Storytimer of the Winter, because she was standing right in front of us! Tess Prendergast is a Children’s Librarian at VPL by day and a PhD student in UBC’s Department of Language and Literacy Education by night. As if that’s not enough she is active on Twitter and can be found blogging about inclusive early literacy. Tess is a fierce believer that libraries should play a role in supporting families as they engage with new media. Her posts on Little eLit which explore mobile technology and kids are passionate and scrupulously researched. And take it from us, her storytimes are even better.

While we have the pleasure of working with fantastic people on a daily basis, we are always on the hunt for other professional development opportunities. Some of the amazing folks at Storytime Underground came up with the idea of having a professional book club, which allows people to read the same title and discuss asynchronously and live using Facebook and Twitter. Another nifty idea they came up with is Ask a Storytime Ninja which is like an advice column for us children’s folks. Feel free to submit questions or sign up to give advice! Our final bit of professional development comes to us from Katie Fitzgerald of the wonderful blog Story Time Secrets where she reflects on library service to parents. It is a refreshing and important read.

Well, the good people of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy have done it again, and this time they asked us to take part! The CLEL Bell Awards celebrate picture books that support the five practices of early literacy: write, talk, read, play and sing. The blog tour was a chance to promote the award as well as share our favourite picture books.

A couple last fun ideas include a banned books display from Jane at Piper Loves the Library and creating a mailbox for early literacy questions, namely don’t let the pigeon...from Lisa at Libraryland.


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We’ll Link to That!

Have you seen something on the internet that knocked your socks off? Give us a shout at jbrary@gmail. com.

Dana Horrocks and Lindsey Krabbenhoft are a triple threat duo working as On Call Children’s Librarians at West Vancouver M e m o r i a l Library, the Vancouver Public Library, and Surrey Libraries YAACING WINTER 2013

We’ve found so many amazing programming resources this fall. Storytime resource sharing feels like it’s at an all time high! To start, please check out this huge list of storytime resources on Mel’s Desk.  Not only does she list blogs, wikis, and websites for storytime planning, she also lists resources for finding preschool songs and crafts.  One of the wikis that deserves a closer look is Storytime by Bridget.  You can search her wiki by age, getting program outlines for preschool, schoolage, tween, and teen programs. An excellent website when you are short on planning time and need some quick inspiration.


hese days it seems like everyone is trying out parachutes in their storytimes. Kendra at Read, Sing, Play outlined her toddler parachute storytime which includes all the songs and books she included. Then Nicole at Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime shared her parachute playtime program.  We love how she compares her “plan” to how things really went down. Next, Lisa at Libraryland gives the rundown on her parachute games which is so thorough you can just print and use at your own library! Anne from So Tomorrow joined the conversation by writing out her playlist of songs and explaining why she uses nursery rhymes in her program.  And if

you think babies don’t enjoy parachutes, think again! Julia at Laughter and Literacy documented her experience using a parachute in baby storytime.  Do you have parachute fever yet!?

To round up our storytime goodies, we point you to Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends where she features an excellent Autumn themed preschool and family storytime. Awesome Storytime also has a collection of colour themed storytimes that include book recommendations and crafts projects.  The spunky Magpie Librarian shared a unique way to sing the ABCs called the ABC Stop Song which forces kids to slow down the pronunciation of each letter. And we loved this blog post on two ways sing BINGO by Storytime ABCs that promotes letter and number awareness!  And for those of us who work with the little ones, Abby the Librarian posted an excellent article on how to shorten picture books for babytime.  

Outside of storytime, the world of Youth Services Librarians has been quite busy as well. Have you ever heard of STEM or STEAM and wondered what all the fuss is about?  Amy Koester of The Show Me Librarian fame wrote a detailed article for School Library Journal called Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity Into STEM explaining exactly what STEAM is, why it belongs in the library, and how to plan a STEAM program. Want to see

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examples of how youth librarians are using STEAM already? Check out this preschool program focusing on the weather, and this preschool program investigating sound. Or you could go the extra mile and make BUTTER at storytime like Jen in the Library did!


ow on to middle years, tweens, and teen programs. Leah at Sunflower Storytime shared her super successful Superhero Family Night complete with capes, masks, ID tags, pictures and snacks. Rivalling superheroes in its popularity among school aged kids is pirates, and we think this Pirate Party is fantastic! Kids got to make their own treasure map, pin the eye on the pirate, walk the plank, and do a treasure chest coin toss. Lastly, With Kiddos @ the Library shared their program called An American Girl Afternoon where kids got to make matching bracelets, practice hairstyles, and take photos with their dolls.  Our favourite programs for older kids include this Halloween themed program from the Teen Librarian Toolbox. Inspired by the book series Tales From Lovecraft Middle School, you can turn your library into a haunted house that includes gargoyle stained glass, a monster lab, and bug crafts. Or take the less spooky route and get your craft on like Bridget with an Origami and Duct Tape program for teens.  From origami roses to wallets to ninja stars, the options are endless!

Who’s on the Felt Board

The Paper Bag Princess Based on the Book by Robert Munsch Felt Story by Kaylea Cormier

Used in a storytime for K-2’s in a school library setting, this felt story is based on The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. It makes a great felt board story because there are not that many different pieces to the story, and there is a lot of room for interaction and improvisation. The pieces include: a castle, three burning holes to be placed on the castle after it is destroyed by the dragon, the dragon, Princess Elizabeth and her two interchangeable outfits (her princess dress and her paper bag), Prince Ronald, and the cave. Kaylea Cormier is a recent graduate from UBC’s School of Library Archival and Information Studies, and volunteer in the library of Kathleen McNeely Elementary School


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The Paper Bag Princess Based on the Book by Robert Munsch Felt Story by Kaylea Cormier


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The Paper Bag Princess Based on the Book by Robert Munsch Felt Story by Kaylea Cormier


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The Paper Bag Princess Based on the Book by Robert Munsch Felt Story by Kaylea Cormier


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The Paper Bag Princess Based on the Book by Robert Munsch Felt Story by Kaylea Cormier


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The Paper Bag Princess Based on the Book by Robert Munsch Felt Story by Kaylea Cormier


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Sharing Picture Books with Older Elementary Grades

Vintage Yaacing

By April Ens

For those who love the artistry and poetry of a good picture book and believe that children (and adults) need never outgrow them, we present this program by Lis Nygaard, originally printed in the Spring 1992 issue.

This article originally included a list of the recent shortlists and winners of major Canadian, American, and British illustration awards. Instead of reprinting titles from the early nineties, we’ve included the 2013 titles for these same awards, and linked to the complete winners’ lists. To see the historical winners of each award, click on the award name: The Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature Illustration ENGLISH WINNER: Northwest Passage, illustrated by Matt James, written by Stan Rogers

FINALISTS • Miss Mousie’s Blind Date, illustrated by Rachel Berman, written by Tim Beiser •

Oy, Feh, So?, illustrated by Gary Clement, written by Cary Fagan

The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Lemony Snicket

How To, illustrated and written by Julie Morstad

FRENCH WINNER: J ane, Le Renard & Moi, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, written by Fanny Britt

FINALISTS • Aujourd’hui, Le Ciel, illustrated by Jacinthe Chevalier, written by Rhéa Dufresne •

Au Carnaval des Animaux, illustrated and written by Marianne Dubuc

Quand Je Serai Grand, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch, written by François Gravel

Mingan, Mon Village, illustrated by Rogé, written by Innu students from Teueikan school, Mingan


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The Caldecott Medal WINNER: This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen Honor Books: •

Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds

Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo

Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal WINNER: Black Dog, illustrated and written by Levi Pinfold Finalists: •

Lunchtime, illustrated and written by Rebecca Cobb

Again!, illustrated and written by Emily Gravett

Oh No, George!, illustrated and written by Chris Haughton

I Want My Hat Back, illustrated and written Jon Klassen

Pirates ‘n’ Pistols, illustrated and written by Chris Mould

King Jack and the Dragon, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently

Just Ducks!, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, written by Nicola Davies



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Vintage Yaacing


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April Ens is a Children’s Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library


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A Mandarin & English Preschool Storytime By Danielle Wing and Shanshan (Daisy) Hui

Welcome Song “Ni hao” means “hello” Clap everybody and say ni hao Clap everybody and say ni hao

Book: One is a Drummer

Clap everybody and say ni hao

by Roseanne Thong and Grace Lin

No matter what the weather

Stomp everybody and say ni hao


Stomp everybody and say ni hao

Five Little Monkeys

Stomp everybody and say ni hao No matter what the weather

Five little monkeys jumping on a bed Jump everybody and say ni hao

(pretend to jump on bed)

Jump everybody and say ni hao

One fell off and bumped his head

Jump everybody and say ni hao

(tap forehead with fingers)

No matter what the weather

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said (pretend to use phone) No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

What is our weather today?

(shake index finger)

Felt Board: Numbers in Mandarin

[Repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1 last line:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

put those monkeys straight to bed!]

Yi, er, san, si, wu, liu, qi, ba, jiu, shi


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Rhyme: Teddy Bear Teddy bear teddy bear turn around (turn around) Teddy bear teddy bear touch the ground (touch the ground) Teddy bear teddy bear touch your knees (touch your knees) Teddy bear teddy bear sit down please! (sit down)

Felt Board: Ten in the Bed There were ten in the bed and the little one said Roll over! Roll over! So they all rolled over and one fell out. There were nine in the bed and the little one said Roll over! Roll over!

So they all rolled over and one fell out. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2..

There was one in the bed and the little one said “I’m lonely!”

Fingerplay: Beehive Here is a beehive (make a fist) But where are the bees? (shrug) Hidden away where nobody sees (point to beehive)

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive (fingers come out one at a time) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Buzz!!!! (Count once in English and once in Mandarin)


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Stretch: Toaster I’m a little piece of toast (squish into the toaster) Toasting in a toaster Oh it’s getting very hot! Tick tock, tick tock, Up I pop! (jump up) Book: Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin

Goodbye song We wave good-bye like this (wave) We wave good-bye like this (wave) We clap our hands for all our friends (clap hands) We wave good-bye like this (wave) We wave good-bye like this (wave) We wave good-bye like this (wave) We stomp our feet for all our friends (stomp feet) We wave good-bye like this (wave)

We wave good-bye like this (wave) We wave good-bye like this (wave) Danielle Wing and Shanshan (Daisy) Hui are MLIS students at the University of British Columbia iSchool. This program was originally developed for LIBR 527 – Services for Children.

We give a hug to all our friends (give yourself a hug) We wave good-bye like this (wave)

Zai jian, everyone! “zai jian” means “goodbye”

Citations Briggs, Dianne and Thomas Briggs. Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. Information And Stories About China. Burnaby Public Library, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013, from http://bpl. Lin, Grace. Dim sum for everyone!. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. Ten in the Bed Felt Board-Color. Making Learning Fun, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013, from http://www. YAACING WINTERand 2013Grace Lin. One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2004. Thong, Roseanne, 1. 27


1, 2, 3! Counting with Animals: A Preschool Storytime By Alexandria Yurgensen and Sae Yong Kim

Hello Song: If You’re Ready (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

Book Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be?

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat If you’re ready for a story, take a seat Clap your hands and stomp your feet Make your hands all nice and neat If you’re ready for a story, If you’re ready for a story, If you’re ready for a story, take a seat

by Janet Halfmann From: LibrarianLindsey. “More Storytime Hello Songs.”

Five Little Ducks (Finger Puppets & Action) One little duck on a sunny day said, “Quack, quack, quack!” and went out to play. Two little ducks when it started getting dark said, “Quack, quack, quack!” and went to the park. Three little ducks when the sky was blue said, “Quack, quack, quack!” and went to the zoo. Four little ducks by the kitchen door said, “Quack, quack, quack!” and went to the store. Five little ducks on a sunny day said, “Quack, quack, quack!” and they all ran away. Adapted From: King County Library System. “Rhymes and Songs”. Lap Puppetry Story: Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra

Tickle the Clouds (Stand up activity) Tickle the clouds (raise hands and wiggle fingers) Tickle your toes (lower hands to toes and wiggle fingers) Turn around (turn around) Tickle your nose (wiggle fingers in front of nose) Reach down low (bend down) Reach up high (reach up and stretch) This story is over, Wave bye-bye (wave) From: LibrarianLindsey. “Goodbye Songs for Storytime.” YAACING WINTER 2013

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RECOMMENDED BOOKS Bauer, Marion Dane. One Brown Bunny. Illus. Ivan Bates. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Dodd, Emma. Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting. New York: Penguin, 2001. Donaldson, Julia. One Ted Falls Out of Bed. Illus. Anna Currey. 2004. New York: Henry Holt, 2006.

Felt Story: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Tadpole Song (Stand up activity) A tiny tadpole, in a little (puddly) pond

Formento, Alison. These Bees Count!. Illus. Sarah Snow. Chicago: Albert Whitman, 2012.

Wiggley, waggley, wiggley he swims

---. This Tree Counts!. Illus. Sarah Snow. Chicago: Albert Whitman, 2010.

And then his legs go pop!

And then his legs go fwoop!

Hippity, hoppitty, now he’s a frog!

Keats, Ezra Jack. Over in the Meadow. 1971. New York: Penguin, 1999.

Wiggly, woggly, waggly, woogly (improvise weird sound effects)

Mannis, Celeste Davidson. One Leaf Rides the Wind. Illus. Susan Kathleen Hartung. New York: Viking, 2002.

And then his legs go fwoop!

Peters, Lisa Westberg. Frankie Works the Night Shift. Illus. Jennifer Taylor. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.

Hippity, hoppitty, now he’s a frog!

Root, Phyllis. One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book. Illus. Jane Chapman. Cambridge: Candlewick, 1998.

Translated and adapted by Sae Yong Kim.

Sayre, April Pulley & Jeff. One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab. Illus. Randy Cecil. Cambridge: Candlewick, 2003. Singer, Marilyn. Quiet Night. Illus. John Manders. New York: Clarion, 2002.

Wiggly, waggly, woogly he swims

And then his legs go pop!

For example in Korean see: Sinavro. “Polliwog Song”

Book: Out on the Prairie: A Canadian Counting Book by Cora Taylor

Thong, Roseanne. One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers. Illus. Grace Lin. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2004.

Goodbye Song (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) It is time to say goodbye to all my friends It is time to say goodbye to all my friends

Alexandria Yurgensen and Sae Yong Kim are MLIS students at the University of British Columbia iSchool. This program was originally developed for LIBR 527 – Services for Children.


It is time to say goodbye Give a smile and wink your eye It is time to say goodbye to all my friends

From: LibrarianLindsey. “More Storytime Hello Songs”

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Non-Traditional Families in Picture Books An Annotated Bibliography By Jane Whittingham

This annotated bibliography considers picture books that discuss family diversity, and in particular those that depict non-traditional families. These picture books cover such topics as adoption, single-parent households, bi-racial families, multicultural families, and families in which children are raised by grandparents and other guardians. They utilize a variety of formats to present this important, and sometimes controversial, subject matter, from narrative non-fiction, to poetry, to anthropomorphized animal stories. Societies in countries around the world are becoming increasingly diverse, and education is a vital part of ensuring that this diversity is celebrated and respected. Picture books which positively depict diverse families can help introduce complex concepts to children, and would be valuable additions to a children’s library collection.   1. Masurel, Claire, and Kady MacDonald Denton. Two Homes. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2001.

Families in which parents live apart are becoming increasingly common, and the process of separation or divorce can be distressing and confusing for a child. Two Homes is a colourfully-illustrated picture book designed to help children adapt to changes in their family situation, and to introduce children to divorced or separated families in a positive way. Two Homes is the story of Alex, a young child who divides his time between his mother’s home in the city, and his father’s home in the country. Though very different, each of Alex’s homes is clearly depicted as a loving environment in which he feels happy, safe and completely at home. The simple text is gently reassuring, focusing on the positive aspects of living in two homes, such as having two bedrooms, or two favourite chairs. Alex’s home life may be different from the traditional nuclear family format, but the text makes it clear that he is still able to enjoy many of the same day-to-day activities as other children, and that he has two parents who love him. The illustrations are charming and suit the gentleness of the text, with soft colours and cheerful characters portrayed in highly detailed scenes. An ideal text for introducing families who have experienced separation or divorce, Two Homes could also be used to introduce families in which parents have never lived together. This picture book would be most suitable for children aged 3-5 years old.

2. Parr, Todd. The Family Book. New York: Little, Brown, 2003.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and Todd Parr’s The Family Book uses simple text and brightly coloured illustrations to introduce children to diversity in a positive and playful way. Parr addresses a variety of different family models, including single-parent families, large and small families, families with adopted children, and those with same-sex parents. A key element of the text is the gentle way in which Parr reveals the bonds that link all families together, despite their apparent differences. All of Parr’s families are shown as happy and loving, and children are reassured that no matter what their family looks like, all families are special. The book’s bright colours are visually-stimulating and engaging, helping to attract and hold a child’s attention. Parr’s trademark childlike illustrations are charming and humorous, and work with the simple text to give the story a sense of having been created by a child, representing a child’s perspective. Human figures are depicted in a variety of colours, positively, if abstractly, depicting racial and cultural diversity. Powerful messages of respect, love and acceptance are presented with joy and gentleness, making this an ideal introduction to diversity for very young children.


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3. Skutch, Robert. Who’s in a Family? Berkeley: Tricycle Press, 1995.

One of the older entries on this list, Who’s in a Family is a beautifully-illustrated, non-judgemental picture book that gently and positively introduces young children to multiculturalism and family diversity. Children are introduced to a variety of different families - single parent, same-sex parents, large and small, those headed by grandparents, and even childless families. Each family is shown engaging in typical family activities - washing the dog, making dinner, playing a game, going on a holiday - emphasizing the normalcy of life in these different families. Pets are also named and included in family descriptions, recognizing the importance of pets in many children’s lives. Interestingly, the human families in the text are interspersed with descriptions and lush illustrations of different kinds of animal families, revealing the diversity of family life in the animal kingdom, and suggesting (at least to older readers), that diversity is a natural and normal phenomenon. As young children are often drawn to animal stories, this adds another child-pleasing element to the story. Ethnic and cultural diversity are also reflected in the text - characters are illustrated in a variety of skin tones and given ethnic names (Geitha, Carlos and Kyoko, for example). However, despite its commitment to diversity, the book does not include any examples of mixed-race families, which are increasingly common in multicultural cities such as Vancouver. There are also limited African-American characterizations. Despite these limitations, the beautiful illustrations, positive text and inclusion of a wide variety of different family formats makes this picture book a powerful text for introducing children to modern families.

4. Byrne, Gayle, and Mary Haverfield. Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas, Not Mommies and Daddies. New York: Abbeville Kids, 2009.

Written by a children’s librarian and educator who raised her own granddaughter, Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas shares the story of a young girl living with her grandparents, Nonna and Poppy, who wonders why her mother and father aren’t like the parents she reads about in her picture books. The child’s curiosity about her family and questions about her parents reflect the feelings many children may have about nontraditional family units. The text positively and gently addresses these questions without going into too much detail, explaining simply that sometimes grandparents, not parents, look after children, and that this can be a joyful experience. The emphasis of the story is on the normalcy of the young girl’s life - although she may not live with her parents like other children, she has two loving, involved caregivers, and enjoys many of the same activities that other children do with their parents. Soft watercolour illustrations depicting the young girl and her grandparents going about their everyday lives continue the gentle, reassuring theme. The text is simple and expressed from the child’s point of view, encouraging young readers to identify with the protagonist. Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas is a positive, engaging resource that helps fill a void in traditional family-themed picture books, presenting a non-traditional family format that is increasingly prevalent in modern society.  

5. Hoffman, Mary, and Ros Asquith. The Great Big Book of Families. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011.

The Great Big Book of Families begins by presenting a traditional, Caucasian nuclear family, with a mother, father, son, daughter, dog, and cat living in a detached house with a white picket fence. “Once upon a time most families in books looked like this -”, the text says, “But in real life, families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this book are a lot of families living in different ways.” This large-format picture book is dedicated to presenting family diversity to its fullest extent, in a respectful, positive fashion. The families in The Great Big Book of Families include families with two parents of different genders or the same gender, single-parent or separated families, adoptive and foster families, families headed by grandparents and those without children. The book also effectively displays cultural and religious diversity, showing families in a range of traditional clothes, and celebrating religious and cultural festivals. Families of different socio-economic groups are respectfully represented as well, with families who purchase clothes from second hand stores, or have unemployed parents. Even homeless families are touched upon. Significantly, this resource includes mixedculture and mixed-race families, which are under-represented in most family-themed picture books. This is by far the most diverse and inclusive of all the picture books in this bibliography, and is charmingly illustrated in bright, engaging colours, with spirited slice-of-life scenes that add humour and motion to the text.


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6. Kerley, Barbara. You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2005.

You and Me Together is a minimally-worded, fully-illustrated picture book that explores the bonds of love shared by children and their parents in countries around the world, and introduces children to life in a variety of cultures. Published by National Geographic, the book contains full-page, vividly coloured photographs from the National Geographic archives that depict the lives of children growing up in different countries and cultures. The rhythm and rhyme of the text make this picture book ideal for reading aloud to a group of young children. The minimal text is large and clear, and could also be read independently by beginner readers. This picture book does not directly address different family structures, focusing instead on the relationships between children and their mothers and fathers. However, it does effectively introduce children to cultural and ethnic diversity by depicting children and their parents dressed in traditional clothes, engaging in cultural activities, or simply living day to day lives in different and unique ways. The gentle message of the text is that families may live, act, dress or speak differently, but are all filled with love, and have far more in common than appearances might suggest. This picture book would be an effective resource for starting classroom discussions of life in other countries. Visually stimulating, global in scope, and touching on the theme of respectfully promoting diversity, You and Me Together would be a valuable addition to children’s collection.

7. Richardson, Justin and Parnell, Peter. And Tango Makes Three. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005.

Possibly the most controversial entry in this bibliography, And Tango Makes Three has made appearances on challenged book lists throughout the United States because of the way that it positively introduces children to families headed by homosexual parents. Rather than focusing on human families, this picture book tells the story of an unusual penguin family living in the Central Park zoo. Based on actual events, the book recounts the story of a bonded pair of male penguins, Roy and Silo, who successfully hatched and raised a penguin chick, the titular Tango. Through the story of Tango and her two father penguins, And Tango Makes Three introduces children to the concept of same-sex parent families in a subtle and positive way, emphasizing once again the normalcy of life in a non-traditional family. The text describes Tango and her parents snuggling together like all the other animals in the zoo, and all the families in New York. Using these animal protagonists allows And Tango Makes Three to capitalize on the delight young children often take in animal stories, while providing the authors with an opportunity to make subtle comments on human society. Similarly, the fact that this picture book is based on a true story helps lend credence to the book’s argument that families like Tango’s are simply a part of the natural world. Charmingly illustrated in pastel colours, the text is longer and more complex than that found in other picture books in this bibliography. And Tango Makes Three might perhaps be best suited for independent reading by older children, or as a read-aloud book for younger children.

8. Adoff, Arnold, and Emily Arnold McCully. Black is Brown is Tan. New York: Harper & Row, 2002.

One of the first picture books to reflect bi-racial families, Black is Brown is Tan remains both relevant and progressive, forty years after its initial publication. Written by the poet Arnold Adoff for his own bi-racial children, this picture book is valuable both as a resource for children in mixed race families, and as a means of introducing mixed race families to other children. The family at the heart of the story consists of a white father, an African-American mother, their two children, and a variety of family members representing a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Adoff celebrates the simple, everyday joys of being part of a bi-racial family in rhythmically poetic verse that makes this picture book ideal for reading aloud to young children. The book was recently republished with beautifully updated watercolour illustrations that modernize the text and make it more relevant to today’s children. The award-winning illustrations are particularly valuable for librarians and educators in that they depict children who are often under-represented in picture books. A possible drawback to this picture book might actually be the poetry itself, which while rhythmic, can be somewhat abstract (black is brown is tan / is girl is boy / is nose is / face / is all / the / colors /of the race”), and may be difficult for children to interpret independently.

Jane Whittingham is an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia iSchool. This annotated bibliography was originally created for LIBR 520 – Survey of Children’s Literature.


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review It’s a Tiger! By David LaRochelle. Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard Chronicle Books, 2012 Audience: Preschool Looking for a new picturebook to captivate your rambunctious storytime crowd? Something with action, adventure, and repeated refrains? Feeling a dearth of tigers in modern storytelling? It’s a Tiger! is just the book for you! With big cartoony pictures and a superb sense of movement, Jeremy Tankard’s visuals are great for a crowd. There’s just the right amount of suspense and silliness to keep your preschoolers on the edge of their seat, gleefully screaming, “A TIGER! Run!” Not recommended for quiet libraries. (Everyone else, enjoy!) - April Ens, Vancouver Public Library


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call for submissions

YAACING is published four times per year and is always looking for submissions that might interest children’s and teen specialists in BC libraries. We accept news pieces, articles, program descriptions and ideas, conference reports, and much more. If you would like to write a regular column, send us a brief pitch. Submissions should be no more than 2500 words, sent as .doc or text files. Please include a byline with your job title and workplace, or for students: your school, program and class information, if applicable. YAACING invites your contributions to our Review and Felt Story sections: Reviews: Please send us reviews of books, blogs, websites, or other resources. Submissions should be no more than 300 words. Longer reviews may be considered for publication as featured articles. Felt Stories: Share your creativity! YAACING is looking for felt story patterns. Submissions should include a printable pattern, photograph of the finished product, and related rhyme or note about the origin of the story. The deadline for the Spring 2014 issue of YAACING is February 15, 2014. Email your submissions to the editors at YAACING@ end


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YAACing Winter 2014  

YAACS (Young Adults and Children's Services) is a section of the British Columbia Library Association. Founded in 1980, our members include...