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February 27, 2019

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What's NEW in Children's Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program (Grades K-6) 2019

Presented by Judy Freeman
Nationally Recognized Children’s Book Expert, Librarian and Author

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Totally NEW Seminar All NEW Titles for the Year 2019

  • The best, new children’s books published in the last year matched with a wealth of ready-to-use ideas and engaging activities for ALL areas of your program
  • A stimulating, high-powered presentation to make you excited about this year’s new books and eager to try them out with your own students
  • Sample copies of the best, new books will be on display for you to preview
  • Instantly usable activities, demonstrations, bibliographies, booktalks, and an ALL NEW resource handbook that you’ll use year after year

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this electrifying, ALL NEW seminar, Judy Freeman will share with you her treasure-trove of the best, NEW children’s books from this past year. With more than 20,000 children’s books published each year, teachers and librarians are keen to select only the best titles to use with their students.

Judy Freeman, internationally recognized expert on children’s literature, can help you with this challenge. Going well beyond just familiarizing you with the best of the newly published titles, she will introduce you to scores of engaging strategies to integrate children’s books across content areas for grades K-6.

Judy’s high-powered presentation will model reading aloud, booktalking, storytelling, singing, and a host of other literature appreciation and curriculum-based techniques that will get you energized and ready to use these successful, easy-to-use strategies with your children.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Preview the Best, New Children’s Books
    See the BEST of the most recently published children’s books – picture books, novels, informational nonfiction, poetry, folklore … Many of the books will be available for your personal review
  2. The Best, New Fiction Books
    Get acquainted with realistic and fantasy fiction … Memorable titles you’ll be inspired to read aloud and use for booktalks, read-alouds, guided reading, literature circles, and book clubs
  3. New Nonfiction Books You and Your Students Will Treasure
    A rich resource of meaningful books for fact-loving learners … Explore specific techniques for presenting all types of riveting informational books to dovetail with your state standards
  4. The Best, New Picture Books
    Discover some of the most arresting and inspiring picture books published in the last year and learn how to use them creatively throughout the curriculum with students of all ages
  5. Strengthening Read-Aloud Skills
    Tips and techniques for getting your kids to hang onto every word you read – and to become fluent readers themselves … All modeled by one of the country’s read-aloud experts
  6. Honing Your Book Selection Skills
    As a reading role model for your students, you’ll find Judy’s many valuable book evaluation strategies essential for selecting new books you and your students will love to read
  7. Developing Reading and Writing Skills
    Loads of innovative ideas for developing challenging reading and writing projects along with samples of children’s work inspired by this year’s most unforgettable children’s books
  8. Tying New Books into the Classroom and Library Curriculum
    Connect the best books of the year to your whole curriculum to enhance language arts, science, social studies, math, the arts, and more … Involve and excite your children with language through creative drama, Reader’s Theater, booktalks, storytelling, poetry, wordplay, and songs
  9. Catch Up on Current Book Trends
    Hear the latest news from the children’s book publishing world … Connect with top-notch online resources, including websites, blogs and listservs
  10. Developing Lifelong Readers
    Instantly effective book-sharing techniques to get even the most reluctant readers fired up with irresistible books for read-alouds, read-alones and book discussion groups

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • On-target, honest reviews and lively booktalks of scores of exemplary and engaging new children’s books that teachers, librarians and children will find indispensable
  • How to promote curiosity, knowledge and lifelong learning skills with the best of recently published nonfiction/informational children’s books for STEM and across the curriculum
  • Use current children’s titles to strengthen reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills as set out in your state standards
  • How to rejuvenate, expand and make new connections with your existing repertoire of great books, both literary and informational
  • How to use music, creative drama, Reader’s Theater, storytelling, reading aloud, booktalking, creative writing, poetry, and many other literature extension activities to get your students reading with comprehension, expression, fluency, and joy
  • Practical, motivating and kid-tested reading, writing and illustrating prompts that extend children’s response to literature and analytical skills
  • Extensive and annotated lists of the best websites, blogs, listservs, and other online resources for getting to know children’s book authors, illustrators and great books
  • Easy-to-use strategies for fostering the Four Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity), building vocabulary, improving reading comprehension, and strengthening higher-level thinking skills
  • Unlimited reasons to fall in love with children’s literature all over again

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

We teachers and librarians are the gods and goddesses of great books. Our children look upon our wisdom and depth of book knowledge with awe. Our job to turn them into readers is never done.

I read thousands of new children’s books each year. I’m always on the prowl for books that inspire, amaze, entertain, enlighten, and stimulate. Each year, I field-test my latest favorites at local schools with teachers, librarians and their enthusiastic students. My goal? To find out which books work best with their intended audience — actual children, grades K-6.

For each book I select to share with you in this year’s ALL NEW BER seminar, I look for the Book Hook — that mysterious, magical lure that will pull you in and get your own creative juices flowing. We’ll examine and evaluate the latest, best books to see what makes them so great. We’ll get excited about connecting new books with old favorites and share ways to get our children reading, writing, learning, and responding to literature across the curriculum. I’ll bring lots of amazing new examples of children’s projects, writings and other creative responses to books.

During our book-packed “wow” of a day, we’ll interact through hands-on writing activities, discussions, booktalking, reading aloud, storytelling, songs, and drama. With the year’s latest and greatest children’s books — picture books, fiction, poetry, folklore, biography, and nonfiction — I’ll demonstrate lots of down-to-earth, easy-to-use ways to make books come alive.

I can’t wait to meet you and share my favorite passion: children’s books and the many creative ways to get kids reading and loving them.

Judy Freeman

P.S. Wear comfortable clothes, don’t forget your sweater in case it gets chilly, and maybe a bit of chocolate for inspiration and energy. Bring a smile, a sense of humor and a yen for adventure. Let’s get together and have a terrific time learning about the best, new books of the year!

Who Should Attend

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

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive Judy Freeman ’s exciting, new resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. It includes:

  • 100+ Best Children’s Books: An extensive, annotated booklist of Judy’s favorite children’s books of the past year, with each entry incorporating a descriptive annotation, follow-up ideas, activities, and ways to use the book with children; a list of related titles; and a bibliography of related subjects
  • Author, title and subject indexes for easy access to the booklists
  • Practical suggestions, lesson plans, booklists, articles, and original teachers’ guides to enhance your literature-based program
  • Judy’s latest Reader’s Theater scripts, stories and songs to use with your children
  • Surfing the Net: Judy’s extensive, annotated Internet resource list of hundreds of the best, literature-based websites and blogs for children and educators to investigate children’s books, authors, and illustrators

Consultation Available
Judy Freeman will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding the unique needs of your own program.

New Books and Hands On Materials
Many newly published titles, children ’s follow-up projects, puppets, props, education related articles, and other relevant materials will be on display for participants to examine.

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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