There’s a gentle rain tonight as I write, and the peepers are singing. When I walked outside earlier this evening it felt oh-so normal, in spite of the anxiety that is now a part of our daily life. I’m lucky to live in a rural place where I can walk every day without worrying about social distancing. I hope wherever you are, you can find a way to safely get out and search for signs of spring.
And speaking of signs of spring, Lerner Publishing Group is allowing authors to share their books via video for students and teachers to enjoy at home. Here is a video that I made of On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring. I added a little science demonstration after the reading that kids can try at home. Please share it with the young people and teachers in your life!
Does your library subscribe to Hoopla? You can find On a Snow-Melting Day and lots of great children’s poetry books on that platform.
If you are an educator who would like to share one of Lerner’s books online, this is their policy:
Lerner is committed to our authors and illustrators as well as the readers who enjoy their books. We want to help protect the hard work and creativity of our contributors while supporting schools and libraries in this difficult time. Educators and librarians looking for read-aloud permission for distance learning, please fill out this form: https://rights-permissions.lernerbooks.com/ Permission will be granted as quickly as possible where contracts allow.
Lerner is also putting together a list of resources for teachers, librarians, and parents that will include teaching ideas and discounts in light of the coronavirus. These posts will all be titled “Help at Home” and can be found at https://lernerbooks.blog/. Click here for their first post and please feel free to share!
I wish you moments of peace, poetry, and inspiration this spring. Michelle Kogan is sharing lots of spring poetry goodness today. Visit her blog for links to all of today’s Poetry Friday posts.