Inspiring a Passion for Young Readers

Name: Laurel Heger


Institution: Libraries and or field trips to Community Colleges by 3-6 graders

Audience: Grades 3-6

Books used:
Thumbelina By Hans Christian Anderson and over 150 fairy tales and stories by Hans Christian Anderson.

Materials needed:
The 1952 musical film  Hans Christian Andersen, posters for the event (designed by college students), and materials to design finger puppets for the story characters.

Brief outline of program or event:
Children’s literature students from Community colleges would read Thumbelina  and use finger puppets to re-enact the story as portrayed in the 1952 movie with Danny Kaye:

A party theme with the sound/music playing I’m Hans Christian Anderson:



The Children of the Philippines Celebrating the Joy of Reading

Handas-SurpriseName: Eva B. Ramos

Institution: Rainbows Foundation

Audience: Children, Educators, Librarians, Volunteers

Books used:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Handa’s Surprise, Crow Boy, Each Kindness, Flat Stanley, Goodnight Moon, Chicken Soup with Rice, The House that Jack Built

Materials needed:
Video clips, pictures, PowerPoint presentation

Brief outline of program or event:
Present narrative and demonstrative materials on the establishment of libraries in public elementary schools, doing read alouds to elementary school students with extension activities, reading comprehension classes to older high school students and workshop on the magic and values of children’s literature.

Postcards from Around the World

Name: Rebecca Levitsky

Title of proposed program: Postcards from Around the WorldPOSTCARD_crop

Audience: 3-6 grade

Books usedPost Card Passages by Susan Joyce Encyclopedia Set
Materials needed:
Postcard templates Pencils Stickers Whiteboard and markers Display board for the completed postcards Children_around_the_world.jpg poster

Brief outline of program or event:
Subject Area: Information Literacy/Social Studies/ELA Grade Level: 3-6 (Ages 8-11)

Lesson Title: “Postcards from Around the World” Encyclopedia Lesson Time: 30 minutes

Information Literacy Standards: information literacy-to access information efficiently

Ask the students if they have ever sent or received a postcard. Read the book Post Card Passages by Susan Joyce to understand the concept of a post card and the information it usually contains. Ask them where they think we could get some information on a country and have the students use encyclopedias and other reference sources. Have students work with a partner to create postcards and send them to one another.

Stories from Around the World: Israel

Laura Druda

Institution: Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY

Title of proposed program: STORIES AROUND THE WORLD: ISRAEL

Audience: Children entering grades 1 through 6.

Book To Read:

  • “First Rain” by Charlotte Herman, Chicago, Ill.: Albert Whitman & Co., 2010.

Other Good Israel Books:

  • “Let’s Visit Israel” by Judye Groner Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2004.
  • “Zvuvi’s Israel” by Tami Lehman-Wilzig Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2009.
  • “Yuvi’s Candy Tree” by Lesley Simpson Minneapolis : Kar-Ben Publishing, c2011.
  • “Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel” by Sylvia A. Rouss Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2002.
  • “Dinosaur Goes to Israel” by Diane Rauchwerger . Minneapolis: Kar-Ben, 2012.
  • “The Never-Ending Greenness” by Neil Waldman Honesdale, PA.: Boyds Mills Press, 2003, c1997.
  • “A Kid’s Catalog of Israel” by Chaya M. Burnstein Philadelphia, PA : Jewish Publication Society, c1988.
  • “Ella’s Trip to Israel” by Vivian Newman Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2011.

Slide Show: Israel Program (PowerPoint)

Information about the salt scrub craft:
* The Dead Sea cannot support life because of its high salt content,
which is how it got its name. Our ocean is about 3.5% salt and the
Dead Sea is about 35% salt.
* When you visit the Dead Sea you will float really easily due to the
salt level.
* Salt water also has healing properties! That’s why sometimes people
wash their wounds with it.
* The high level of salt in the Dead Sea makes bathing in it (in
limited doses) really good for your skin.
* Of course, people have decided to make this more widely available to
those who can’t just pop over to the Dead Sea.
* When you go to Israel, you can buy all kinds of soaps and scrubs and
lotions made with water from the Dead Sea. They have lines for women
and lines for men and all kinds of different products. They’re one of
the most common gifts that people bring home for loved ones from
* Today we’re going to make our own salt scrub, either for you or as a gift for a loved one.

Sea Salt Soak

Salt Ingredients:
1.25 cups Epsom salt
.25 cups Sea salt
.5 cups baking soda
A few drops of soap coloring (available at any craft store)
A few drops of soap scent (also available at any craft store)

Other Supplies:
Measuring cups
Bowls for mixing
Spoons for mixing
Fancy bottles/jars (I used these:
Funnels for pouring salts into bottles (I used these:
Pre-made tags for bottles (see below)
Scissors (for cutting ribbon)

Help kids measure out the 2 kinds of salts and the baking soda into
bowls and have them mix for a while. Then help them add a few drops of
scent and a few drops of soap coloring to each batch of salts. Kids
can create their own “custom” scrub by mixing various drops of colors
and scents however they want.

After the salt/color/scent combo is mixed well, help the kids pour it
through the funnel and into the bottle. Some kids might choose to
share with each other and make a layered look. This is cool!

When it’s all been poured, help them attach pre-printed and
pre-hole-punched cards that say inside “Add about ½ cup to your bath
water. Or use ½ cup in a basin of warm water for a relaxing foot soak.
Makes about 4 baths.”

Allow the children to decorate the rest of the card with markers/etc
and then help them attach it to the bottle with curly ribbon.

Stories Around the World – Australia

Name: Nicole DiBiasePOSSUM_crop

Institution: Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY

Title of proposed program: STORIES AROUND THE WORLD: AUSTRALIA

Audience: Children and families

Start with: Bancroft, Bronwyn.  Possum & Wattle: My Big Book of Australian WordsSurrey Hills, N.S.W.: Little Hare, 2008.  ISBN: 9781921272585.

Show ART examples and explain that Aboriginal people do not have a written language but make use of many common symbols called iconography. They vary from region to region but are generally understood and form an important component of Aboriginal Art.  The symbols in the artwork tell a story.  Technique: paintings / images made using dots.

Books Read – Grades 1-3

  • French, Jackie. Diary of a Wombat. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley. New York: Clarion, 2003, 2002.
  • Roth, Susan. Biggest Frog in Australia – (felt board) New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996.
  • Germein, Katrina. Big Rain Coming. Illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft.  New York: Clarion Books, 1999.
  • Shields, Carol Diggory. Wombat Walkabout.  Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2009.

Books Read – Grades 4-7

  • Maddern, Eric. Rainbow Bird: An Aboriginal Folktale from Northern Australia. Illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway. New York: Little, Brown, 1993.
  • Roth, Susan. The Biggest Frog in Australia. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996.
  • Napoli, Donna Jo and Elena Furrow. Ready to Dream. Illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft. New York: Bloomsbury Children’s Books: Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2009.
  • Vaughan, Marcia. Snap. Illustrated by Sasha Hutchinson. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Art Materials –

  • Animal Templates – Outline of Kangaroo or Turtle
  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Q-tips
  • Plates for paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencils

Paint Kangaroo or Turtle using q-tips for dots or brushes including symbols to tell story.


International Playground Games

childrens-games-from-around-the-worldName: Lisa Herskowitz

Institution: Northport-East Northport Public Library

Title of proposed program: International Playground Games

Audience: ages 7-10

Books used:

Materials needed:
crepe paper streamers balls boxes

Brief outline of program or event:
Please refer to CHILDREN´S PLAYGROUND GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Glenn Kirchner for more detailed descriptions of these activities for groups of 16 or more children to be played in a large program room. Provide 2 colors of crepe paper streamers to create team arm bands. Have a display of folktales, nonfiction and fiction books that highlight the countries of origin of the games.

  1. KITCHEN BALL (pg. 43) from Botswana is a relay games that requires setting up two teams to pass a ball under the legs to the next player.
  2. The tossing game BALLS IN BOXES (pg. 111) from Jamaica needs a ball and a box (large enough to comfortably accommodate the ball) for each pair of children.
  3. Children pretend to play different musical instruments in the guessing game THE CONDUCTOR (pg. 133) from Romania.
  4. Children physically create geometric shapes as a group in the group guessing game from Argentina GEOMETRY CLASS (pg. 193).


Folktales from Around the World

StoriestoSolveName: Lisa Herskowitz

Institution: Northport-East Northport Public Library

Title of proposed program: Folktales from Around the World

Audience: grades 2-5

Books used:

Materials needed:
pencil, paper, photocopies world map(optional) Smart Board (optional) country souvenirs (optional)

Brief outline of program or event:
The Stories to Solve series by George Shannon is a fun vehicle to introduce children to different countries. Each short folktale (average six paragraphs) ends with a word puzzle that challenges children to think outside of the box to solve a mystery. Indicate on a map the country of origin of the tale you are going to tell. Displaying hats, flags, or other items from the country adds another dimension, as would a Smart Board demonstration of appropriate websites or databases providing country facts. Share interesting gestures, social customs, eating habits, etc. obtained from CultureGrams. After the story is read aloud, the children, who have been split up into small groups, work together to solve each mystery. Provide each group with pencil, paper and a copy of the story. Some of the stories lend themselves to a visual solution. For those tales, make copies of the “answer” illustration from the book and cut each one into small squares. Give each group a set of squares to assemble to solve the puzzle.