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What's NEW in Children's Books and Strategies, Tools, and Resources for Using Them in Your Program (Grades K-6) -2022-

Presented by Christina Dorr
Nationally Award-Winning Librarian, Author and Presenter

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

  • The very best, new books most recently published, matched with dozens of creative strategies and tools to use them in ALL areas of your program
  • New nonfiction titles that will not only excite your students, but will also support your state standards for using informational text
  • Sample copies of many of the best, new books will be on display for you to personally preview
  • Receive an extensive, ALL NEW resource handbook with comprehensive, annotated bibliographies of the best newly published books, ready-to-use activities, and corresponding websites and apps that will make the books come alive for children in highly engaging ways!

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this highly engaging seminar, award-winning school librarian and national presenter, author, and consultant, CHRISTINA DORR, will highlight the best, NEWLY published children’s books, including picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, graphic novels, folklore, poetry, biographies, nonfiction titles, and more! Christina 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 and can be used in a variety of ways. 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. In addition, Christina has gathered many resources for collection development and best practices to share with you.

In this fast-paced day, Christina will model her passion for books as well as demonstrate successful skills for book talking and reading aloud. Join Christina for a compelling day filled with engaging, ready-to-use ideas, highly appealing booklists, her ALL NEW comprehensive resource handbook, and unique teaching tips to fully extend learning based on the newest, most outstanding children’s books.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Preview the Best, New Children’s Books!
    Learn from an enthusiastic teacher and award-winning school librarian about the BEST of the most recently published children’s books … Many of these new books will be available for your personal review
  2. Explore New Nonfiction Books at their Best!
    Discover the latest, best nonfiction books and topics that will support your students’ interests while meeting science and social studies standards
  3. See the Best, New Picture Books … For All Ages!
    Nothing tells a story like a stunning picture book and Christina will share the newest and best ones … Learn innovative ways to use them creatively throughout your curriculum or program with students of all ages
  4. Tap into the Best Technology to Extend Great, New Books!
    Discover new technology to help you get students excited about reading … From book trailers to curation tools, Christina has done the work for you by evaluating the best web tools and apps to support your literacy program
  5. Hear About the Best, New Read-Alouds!
    Entice your students or patrons with the latest and most appealing read-alouds … Christina will refresh your collection of great read-alouds
  6. Discover Strategies to Link Great, New Books with Reading and Writing
    Explore top-notch activities and practical strategies you can use immediately to motivate your students to get involved in and stay excited about reading and writing … Ideas, tools and resources galore!
  7. Catch Up On the Most Current Book Trends
    Hear the latest news from the children’s book publishing world … Learn about new and developing trends so you can keep ahead of the game
  8. Use Outstanding New Books to Implement Your State Standards
    Learn how to meet your state reading, writing, speaking, and listening standards by introducing your students to outstanding new books … Find out easy ways to match books to curriculum standards with supportive, ready-to-use lesson plans – no matter what subject area you teach
  9. Address Authentic Voices and Inclusivity with New Books and Awards
    Discover books with characters that allow your readers to see themselves in the literature, while developing empathy for others unlike themselves … Hear about the awards that celebrate the richness of all human stories
  10. Preview New Books and Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Discover many NEW books that are sure to entice young readers and captivate their diverse interests … Plus, you’ll receive an extensive resource handbook with annotated book lists and 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 and hook your students!
  • Techniques to integrate the best, new books into your curriculum or program
  • Highly motivating websites, apps, and other online resources to pair with the most outstanding new books
  • Tips and demonstrations for filling your read-alouds with energy and enthusiasm
  • How to connect to authors and illustrators with little or no budget
  • Highly motivating ideas to use the best, new picture books in your teaching, even with older readers
  • Hot new ways you can book talk to “sell” these new books
  • Fundraising ideas and money-saving strategies to help make the most of your book budget
  • Ready-to-use, exciting ideas to use new books to engage all readers – regardless of ability, interests, or motivation
  • Fresh ideas to update your classroom or library with alternative formats and genres of books to stimulate your readers
  • Best, new nonfiction titles to hook readers and use with your science and social studies curricula
  • Terrific new titles to strengthen reading, writing, speaking, and listening as set out in your state standards
  • Authentic voices, debut authors and illustrators, and familiar names, in new, exciting books
  • New titles with characters that allow your readers to see themselves

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Do you remember hiding under the covers in bed and reading with a flashlight when you were younger? That thrill has remained with me since I first learned to read. We all have the same mission today – to inspire young minds to fall in love with reading – to hide under their own blankets to finish reading that perfect book. We know that when we read with engagement, students are pulled into that reading zone where another world is entered, and time stands still.

Every year I eagerly await the award-winning and honored book titles. But equally exciting is when the buzz begins immediately afterward about the new books being published. I love the anticipation of new titles by familiar authors, and eagerly looking forward to new standout authors and illustrators. What will the new trends be in Children’s Literature? What new characters will come on the scene? Which books will make your students urge you to “Read it again!” Which books will you be able to combine with your superpower of getting kids excited to make lasting impressions? The really great part is I’m excited to share all sorts of practical answers to these questions and more with the best books of 2022!

Children’s books, from the time I was very young, have been a passion of mine, and I’ve been privileged enough to turn this passion into a career. The best part of that, of course, is sharing books with students. But equally exciting, is getting to share terrific books with adults that will eagerly take them back and share them with students. That’s you! Prepare for a day full of enthusiastically exploring the best, new titles, authors, illustrators, teaching strategies, tools, and resources – perfect for your students!

I have presented on the best children’s books for many years and am thrilled to be able to bring this all-new seminar to you! I am excited to share with you the very best of these titles, and ideas that I have successfully used to excite my own students about reading, that you can also use in your program. You will leave knowing dozens of new books perfect for your grades K-6 students, and terrific ideas for using them in your classroom or library program.

Christina Dorr

P.S. Prepare to laugh, cry, and be amazed at these new titles! I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Who Should Attend

K-6 Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, School 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 digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • 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 ready-to-use activities and resources that extend the effectiveness of the new books Christina shares
  • Valuable lists of websites and tools to use with devices that will add interest and value to your lessons
  • Highly engaging techniques to inspire your students to fall in love with reading!
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in the best, new children’s books.

Many New Children’s Books on Display
Many newly published children’s literature titles will be available for you to review.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this 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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