Children up through age 5 can vote for this year's Firefly Award, which is sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book. The Ossian Branch has a copy of the 5 nominees that does not loan so parents can share the books with their preschoolers in the library. The nominees are: "Best in Snow" by April Pulley Sayre; "Don't Wake Up the Tiger" by Britta Teckentrup; "Grumpy Pants" by Claire Messer; "Music Class Today!" by David Weinstone; and "Race Car Count" by Rebecca Kai Dotlich. After listening to the books, children can vote for the one they like best by circling a picture of the cover on a ballot. Both Bluffton and Ossian have "Grab, Checkout & Go" bags, which contains the books and ballots. These bags loan for 3 weeks. Voting continues until May 15th.
This state award is administered by the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee made up of professionals in Indiana including teachers, librarians, caregivers, and project coordinators; all of whom are involved in early childhood development. The award was first given in 2015. Picture books serve an important role in the first years of the life of a child. The purpose of this award is to encourage parents, caregivers, and very young children to interact together with exceptional picture books.
Written by Susan DaileyI’m Susan Dailey, the manager of the Ossian Branch Library. I’ve worked at the library since I was in high school. (In fact, I received my first library paycheck before my driver’s license!) I’m also a “minor celebrity” to the kids in Ossian because I read books to the preschoolers and kindergartners each month. I've written two books for librarians with ideas for storytime and have taught workshops on the topic around the country.
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