Monday 31 October 2016

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

If you’ve ever sat with a child on your lap, and shared a picture book, you know the magic that happens. Picture books are like a portable art exhibit, one with 32 pages of art to have wherever you take it. How do we celebrate Picture Book Month? Over at the ValleyStorytime blog, I  will be featuring new books each week this month. Our libraries will have loads of picture books on display. I will be hosting a “Best Picture Books of 2016” event at the Middleton Library on November 22. This event is geared towards adults who want to know about new picture books – we invite teachers, parents, grandparents, child care providers, university students, anyone who wants to see the newest and best books for kids. Bring your notebooks and make lists – picture books make amazing gifts for all ages! 

At the Kingston branch, I will be sharing my favourites on November 10 at 11 AM; in Hantsport, come to Picture Book Palooza Storytime on November 23 at 10:30 am. I will be sharing picture books at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on November 25, and in Bridgetown, we are planning a Picture Book Party on November 29 at 3:30 PM. 

If you can’t make it to any of these events, I’ve put together some great blogs you can visit for even more picture book ideas. I just love to explore these sites to find new and exciting books for kids (and, I admit, for myself). Picture books can be enjoyed by anyone, young or old. So dig in, find some new books, or share your old favourites. Just enjoy the magic of picture books this month! 

There’s A Book For That
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--Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator

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