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What’s NEW in Children’s Books

and Creative, Powerful Strategies to Use Them in Your Program – 2018 –

Presented by Deborah Ford
Award-winning Media Specialist, Nationally Recognized Children’s Book Expert, Librarian, and Outstanding International Presenter

Totally NEW Seminar with All NEW Titles for the Year 2018
Designed for Grades K-6

  • The very best, new books most recently published, matched with dozens of innovative, engaging strategies to use them in ALL areas of your program
  • A lively, fast-paced presentation with a wealth of multi-format titles that will spark students’ interest in standout stories and nonfiction they’ll love to read
  • Sample copies of many of the best new books will be on display for you to personally preview
  • Receive an extensive, ALL NEW children’s books resource handbook with comprehensive, annotated bibliographies, ready-to-use activities, and corresponding websites and apps for mobile devices that will make new books come alive for children in highly appealing ways!

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this highly engaging seminar, award-winning media specialist and international presenter, Deborah B. Ford, will highlight the best, NEWLY published children’s books, including picture books, chapter books, novels, graphic novels, folklore, poetry, nonfiction titles, and more! Deborah reads and evaluates each new children’s book, then develops fresh, innovative ideas to use them in all areas of your curriculum. As a bonus, she also finds the best, new web tools and apps to pair with the books she shares.

Many of the ideas, apps and online resources are applicable to other books as well. This way, you can pick and choose the new books and activities that are best suited to your students and the priorities of your classroom or library. Throughout this fast-paced day, Deborah will model her passion for books as well as demonstrate successful skills for booktalking and reading aloud. You’ll also learn ways to use technology to extend your interactions with students about books in ways they love to learn.

Join her for a compelling day filled with engaging, ready-to-use ideas, highly appealing booklists, her comprehensive handbook, and unique teaching tips to introduce and fully extend learning based on the newest, most outstanding children’s books. Engage yourself in an energizing celebration of the best new books and powerful ways to use them with your students!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Preview the Best, New Children’s Books!
    Learn from an enthusiastic teacher and experienced school librarian about the BEST of the most recently published children’s books … Many of the new books will be available for your personal review
  2. Explore the Bright, New World of Nonfiction Books
    Publishers are aware of the current emphasis on informational books and are responding with some of the best new nonfiction books we’ve seen in years … Learn about the recent changes and discover some phenomenal new books!
  3. See the Best, New Picture Books … for All Ages!
    Nothing tells a story like a stunning picture book and Deborah will share the newest and best ones … Learn innovative ways to use them creatively throughout your curriculum with students of all ages
  4. Hear About the Best, New Read-Alouds
    Entice your students with the latest and most engaging read-alouds … Deborah will refresh your collection of great read-alouds and share them with you in her lively, down-to-earth style
  5. Tap into the Best Technology to Get More From Great New Books
    Learn strategies to use technology to help you get students excited about reading … From book trailers to curation tools, Deborah has done the work for you by evaluating the best web tools and apps to support your literacy program
  6. Discover Strategies to Link Great New Books with Reading and Writing
    Explore terrific activities and practical strategies you can use immediately to entice your students to get involved in and stay excited about reading and writing … Ideas, tips and tools – all aligned with current state standards
  7. Use Outstanding New Books to Implement Your State Standards
    Learn how to meet your state reading standards by introducing your students to outstanding new books, whether based in print or technology … Find out easy ways to match books to curriculum standards with supportive, ready-to-use lesson plans
  8. Catch Up on the Most Current Book Trends
    Hear the latest news from the children’s book publishing world … Learn about the new and developing trends so you can keep ahead of the game
  9. Tie the Newest Books to Your School and Library Curriculum
    Here’s how to integrate brand new books into your teaching in every subject area … Help your students build context for the stories and informational texts they read
  10. Books They Will Love to Read!
    Discover many NEW books that are sure to entice young readers and captivate their diverse interests … (You’ll receive an extensive resource handbook loaded with hundreds of engaging tips, tools and innovative ideas)

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The best new books and dozens of highly engaging, practical strategies to fully involve kids in the books they’ll love to read
  • Proven ways to integrate the best, new books into your curriculum
  • Highly-motivating websites, apps and online resources to pair with outstanding new books
  • How to use outstanding new books that connect with your current state standards
  • Tips and demonstrations for filling your read-alouds with energy and enthusiasm
  • How to connect to authors and illustrators with little or no budget
  • Practical strategies for integrating technology into your literacy program
  • Highly motivating ways to use the best new picture books in your teaching
  • Hot new ways to use booktalks to sell a book
  • Dozens of fund-raising ideas to supplement your book budget
  • Practical, exciting ideas to use new books to engage all students, regardless of ability
  • Proven ways to instill a real love of literature in your students
  • How to choose the best, new books even with the leanest budget
  • Resources for discovering potentially sensitive areas in books
  • Innovative ideas to update your classroom or library with alternative formats and genres of books to stimulate your readers
  • A wealth of new books, ready-to-use tools and the best, new web resources to make reading instruction come alive
  • Boundless ways to rediscover your love of children’s books all over again!

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

My mother tells people I write book reports for a living. It’s true—I get paid to read books for kids. There are worse jobs! Every year I read hundreds of new books, whittling down to the best books that you can use in your curriculum and your readers will most enjoy. I work with publishers, authors, and illustrators to make sure I find the very best of the best. There is a wealth of new literature this year, with new authors, new illustrators and new titles that will grab your imagination and send you back to your classroom or library eager to share what you’ve learned with your readers!

My new seminar offers hundreds of titles for all ages, reading levels and interests. Keeping diversity in mind, I’ve looked for titles that your readers will be able to identify with. From wordless books to chapter books, this year’s selections feature incredible debut authors and illustrators. One author wrote a wonderful book of poetry based on a famous photograph. Another rewrote her entire story after she decided the bear needed to be a mom. Some of your favorites like Kate DiCamillo and Margaret Peterson Haddix are back. In this seminar I will reveal some of the back stories of the hottest books of the year. This year’s nonfiction is better than ever. Content area teachers will easily be able to incorporate them into their curricula. You’ll learn about ready-to-use resources that will help you teach the books or discuss them in a book club. In many cases, the lesson plans are already written.

Technology continues to blend with literacy programs. From publishers’ sophisticated book trailers for marketing purposes to actually having your readers create their own, free websites and apps make the integration easier. In our seminar we will investigate the best apps for multiple devices. We will talk about ways to better utilize ebooks and audiobooks—getting more bang for our buck. We will explore free online resources that enrich the books, while connecting them to state standards. Do you have sensitivity issues? We will look at ways to make sure you aren’t buying books out of your comfort zone. The most expensive book is one that’s never used.

The worst outcome of a day like this is funding. So many books … show me the money. We will address this ever-pressing issue by looking at easy ways to find money for these books you won’t want to be without. Beyond the book fair, I’ve got a dozen ways to raise funds without turning your hair gray.

I look forward to meeting you at this fast-paced, exciting seminar in which we will immerse ourselves in the amazing world of the best of new children’s literature!

Sincerely,
Deborah B. Ford

P.S. Come ready to enjoy a fast-paced day full of outstanding new books – plus powerful tools and innovative activities to use with them.

Who Should Attend

K-6 Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, Librarians, Children’s Librarians in Public Libraries, Library Aides, Reading Specialists, Resource Teachers, Special Education Staff, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook with a wealth of information specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • A wealth of NEW titles of the best books recently published
  • Exciting and creative ways to utilize the books in your classroom or program
  • Numerous practical activities and resources that extend the effectiveness of the new books Deborah shares
  • Valuable lists of websites and tools to use with mobile devices that will add interest and value to your lessons
  • Highly engaging techniques to inspire students to fall in love with reading!

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their literacy programs.

Consultation Available
Deborah Ford will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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