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What's NEW in Children's Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program (Grades K-6) - 2020 -

Presented by Jonathan Hunt
Nationally Recognized Children’s Book Expert, Teacher, Librarian, and Outstanding National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Grades K-6 Classroom 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

  • The best, new children’s books published in the last year paired with a wealth of ready-to-use ideas and engaging activities for ALL areas of your program
  • An engaging, fast-paced presentation with a wealth of titles in every genre that will make you eager to try them out with your own students
  • Sample copies of the best new books will be on display for you to preview
  • Receive an ALL NEW resource handbook chock full of activities, strategies, and comprehensive annotated bibliographies that you’ll use year after year

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Children’s literature is as exciting and dynamic as it has ever been! With thousands of children’s books published every year, teachers and librarians are keen to select only the best titles to use with their students.

In this ALL NEW seminar, nationally recognized children’s literature expert, teacher and librarian, Jonathan Hunt will help you with this challenge. Going well beyond familiarizing you with the best of the newly published titles, he will also share highly practical and exciting strategies for using these outstanding books in your classroom or library program.

This fast-paced and energizing day is filled with invaluable guidance, dozens of outstanding new book recommendations and proven strategies – all designed to inspire and foster a love of reading in grades K-6 students.

You will leave with a wealth of titles you’ll want to share, proven techniques to utilize this literature successfully with your students, and a comprehensive resource handbook filled with extensive booklists, outstanding ideas and resources you can use immediately.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Preview the Best, New Children’s Books!
    Discover the BEST of the most recently published children’s books – picture books, easy readers, novels, nonfiction, poetry, folklore, and more! … Many of the books will be available for your personal review
  2. Incorporate the Best, New Books into Your Classroom or Library Curriculum
    Learn innovative strategies for utilizing the best, new children’s literature to enhance your instruction and overall program
  3. Hook Your Students on Genre Fiction
    Entice your students with the best new books in the extremely popular genres of mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and horror … Discover the best new series books to hook your most voracious readers
  4. Learn About Great, New Nonfiction Books
    Increasingly, informational books are written in a lively narrative style, making them irresistible … Learn about the best, new history, science, biography, reference, how-to books, and more to captivate your readers
  5. Promote Strong Visual Literacy in Our Information Rich World
    Take full advantage of extremely visual genres—picture books, easy readers, graphic novels, and illustrated novels … Teach students the skills needed to navigate our complex 21st century world of information
  6. Catch Up on the Most Current Book Trends
    Discover the latest publishing trends so you can better play matchmaker … Connect your students with great books that align with their passions, interests and what is happening in the world
  7. Reach Your Reluctant Readers
    Captivate your reluctant readers with books that are meaningful and relevant to them … Learn the telltale signs of great reluctant reader books – from line spacing to book design to dialogue and description
  8. Read Alouds Your Students Will LOVE
    Tips and strategies for getting your students to hang onto every word you read – and to become fluent readers themselves … Refresh your collection of great read-alouds
  9. Tap Into the Potential of Technology
    Leverage the dynamic power of technology to engage your digital natives … Discover innovative ways to promote literacy with the best websites, apps and tech tools
  10. Receive an Extensive Children’s Literature Resource Handbook
    You’ll receive an extensive resource handbook with annotated book lists and loaded with engaging tips, tools and innovative ideas you can use immediately … Discover the best, most enticing NEW books to captivate your students’ diverse interests

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The best NEW children’s literature and how to use it in your classroom and library program
  • How to promote curiosity, knowledge and lifelong learning with the best of recently published nonfiction/informational children’s books
  • Use current children’s titles to strengthen reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills as set out in your state standards
  • The best picture books for read-alouds, skill lessons and writing models
  • Engaging ways to use audiobooks to improve listening skills, reading comprehension and oral reading fluency
  • The best new graphic novels you can use to strengthen visual literacy skills
  • Key features of effective reluctant reader text and the best new titles for your collection
  • The latest exemplary chapter books to help your newly emergent readers transition into middle grade novels
  • Fantasy, science fiction and series titles to challenge your voracious and highly capable readers
  • How to find and infuse irresistible books in every area of your curriculum and program
  • The best online resources for getting to know children’s literature authors, illustrators and great books
  • Outstanding books and strategies for ALL your students … the very best new titles your diverse students will absolutely love!

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

No teacher or librarian wants to hear those awful words, “I’m bored! There’s nothing to read.” With thousands of children’s books published each year, we know the problem is actually that there’s too much to read! But, selecting the best new books can be a daunting task. Which ones are most relevant? Which ones will work best with your grades K-6 children? Which ones will help you accomplish your goals?

Each year I read hundreds of new books. I’ve done all the hard work for you, and it’s my pleasure to play matchmaker in helping you find the best of what’s new. In our day together, we will explore the best children’s books published in the past year. We will discuss dozens of books and their practical application in your classroom or library. Join me for a stimulating day filled with outstanding new books and great strategies you will want to use immediately.

Reading is fun! Reading is pleasurable! I want to equip you with the best books and strategies to help you build this very enthusiasm with your students. Together we can create lifelong, highly successful readers.

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Jonathan Hunt

P.S. If you’re looking for books that will capture your young readers, this is the seminar for you! Join me for a fun-filled day of learning about the best, new books of the year!

Who Should Attend

Grades K-6 Classroom 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

You’ll Receive an Extensive Children’s Literature Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • An annotated bibliography of the best new children’s books of the past year
  • Practical strategies, activities, ideas, and tips for using these books in your program
  • Innovative ways to use books to reach all of your children, from struggling to highly capable students
  • An extensive list of resources to keep yourself current on the “best of the best” of children’s literature

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their classroom or library programs with outstanding new literature.

Consultation Available
Jonathan Hunt will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the most recently published books for young adults and about strategies for sharing them.

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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