May 042013

“I think ideas are one of the things I do well,” says Susan Anderson-Newham, 2013 Mover & Shaker, block-play advocate, actor, writer, storyteller and, most importantly, the Pierce County Library System’s (WA) early learning supervising librarian. In this interview, Anderson-Newman talks about the importance of collaboration and a good sense of humor, why hands-on play is key to kids’ learning, her inspirations and passions, and her top picture books of all time.


Aug 042011

Let’s Go, Baby-o!

Janet McLean

Format: Hardback
Published by: Allen and Unwin
Published: 1 March 2012

Let’s Go, Baby-o! You and me! To the up, to the down and the turn around, to the wibble and the wobble, and the flip, flop hop. Then twist, twirl, whirrrl…When sleep-time is over, a little boy and his friend play action games, but in between they stop to look out the window. What do they see? Grandparents are digging in the garden, children are building a cubby house, the cat has her eye on the baby birds and the dogs have their eyes on the cat! Let’s Go, Baby-o! is a fun-filled story for parents, grandparents, teachers and childcare educators to share with babies and young children. This book shows that learning language and playing games go together and will encourage the conversations between children and adults that are so important for children’s development.

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Dec 182010

Hetty’s day out
by Pamela Allen

Hetty the cat wakes up, yawns, washes behind her ears, and pops through her cat flap into the bright sunlight. And what does she find in the big wide world? One plate of baked beans, two pork pies, three lamb chops – and that’s just the beginning! This charming counting book follows Hetty on her big day out.

Jun 152010

This wiki is meant for childcare workers, librarians, teachers and parents interested in reading and sharing picture books where people of color are featured prominently. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all people of color books. Rather, emphasis is placed on finding stories especially appropriate to share with groups of children, five years of age and younger, where people of color characters are shown in contemporary settings.

Jul 172008

West Coast Debut of Exhibit “Children Should Be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art” At Central Library, July 1 – September 14, 2008

Gallery Talks and Performances Accompany Exhibit

An exhibition of the best American picture-book art of the last decade, “Children Should Be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art,” makes its West Coast debut at the Central Library’s Getty Gallery, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown Los Angeles, July 1 through September 14, 2008.