Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Take a trip to STORYLAND!!


It's no surprise. WE LOVE PICTURE BOOKS!!! So, when we heard the Portland Children's Museum was featuring a brand new exhibit all about classic children's picture books, we flipped! Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites is on display February 9 - May 5, 2013. Pick up a Cultural Pass and plan your trip today! Admission to the Children's Museum is also FREE every first Friday of the month from 4-8 pm. The next FREE First Friday is March 1st ... just a few days from now!

The Storyland exhibit features a series of interactive displays that give children the chance to step right into seven familiar picture books. The best part is, early literacy research is infused throughout the entire presentation! Originally created by the Minnesota Children's Museum and presented by the Target Corporation, the Storyland exhibit was designed around the research of the Every Child Ready to Read initiative of the Public Library Association (a division of the American Library Association). Central to this research is the idea that certain pre-reading skills help children prepare for learning to read.

Story Pod:
Where do you tell your stories?
The Portland Children's Museum has fully embraced the Storyland concept. In addition to the wildly entertaining book displays, they have incorporated opportunities for story-sharing throughout the Museum. Story Pods, comfortable little spots that let folks slow down and share stories, are located near every major display. Each Story Pod includes a full set of all seven Storyland titles.

For more about how telling stories helps prepare kids for future reading success, we encourage you to visit our recent blog post: Tell Me A Story!

During the upcoming weeks, we will be blogging about each of the books featured in the Storyland exhibit. In our posts, we will share information about how early literacy skills are represented in each book.  We will also include booklists and fun activities to help extend your stay in Storyland. 

For those who are not able to make it to the Children's Museum, please remember that you only need a story and a little bit of imagination to enter the infinite world of wonder and delight found in children's books.  We are constantly surrounded by opportunities for learning and engagement.  It's up to us to seize them!

Here is the full list of Storyland titles:

 Title: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Author: Beatrix Potter
Find this book at your library

Title: The Snowy Day
Author: Ezra Jack Keats
Find this book at your library

Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Book
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Find this book at your library

Title: Abuela
Author: Arthur Dorros
Illustrator: Elisa Kleven
Find this book at your library

Title: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Author: Laura Joffe Numeroff
Illustrator: Felicia Bond
Find this book at your library

Title: Tuesday
Author: David Wiesner
Find this book at your library

Title: Where's Spot?
Author: Eric Hill
Find this book at your library

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