|BER Seminars Winners! Books Kids Will Sit Still For Selecting Books for Children Literature and Library Skills Booktalking & Reading Aloud Multicultural Books Once Upon a Time Storytelling Hi Ho Librario Keynote Speeches Parent Programs Musical Booktalk ||BER (Bureau of Education & Research) Seminars www.ber.org|
|Judy presents more than 40 all-day seminars for BER each year. Her flyer for "What's New in Children's Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Programs (Grades K-6)" can be found on the BER website. Check her calendar for a program near you, and then look it up on the BER site. You can call BER with any questions at 800-735-3503.|
|Judy's "What's New" program for BER is similar to her "Books Kids Will Sit Still For" seminar, and to the
Winners! Conference she presents throughout New Jersey each spring. Both her BER and
Winners! seminars consist of all-new material each year, with the most exemplary children's books published in the past year and ways to use them. If you can't attend, you can still purchase Judy's extensive all-new
Winners! Handbook which comes out each year in May. Click on
Winners! at the top of the page. You can also purchase earlier copies
published by Libraries Unlimited www.LU.com.
Want to see Judy's complete booklists for her BER conferences each year? If you have an account at Follett's Titlewave.com , for which all teachers and librarians can register for free, log in. Click on "Curriculum" at the top of the page, then click on the link for "Popular Subject Lists," and then scroll down and click on "Judy Freeman." You'll find Judy's Best Books lists for the past several years.
|SIDE NOTE: Actually, it's not Judy's 100 Best Books of 2015 this year. She got carried away like never before and you'll find it's now her 150 Best Book titles in there, weighing in at a mere 250 pages.|
|*If you can't make the BER workshops, you can always get the audio CDs and handbook of the program from BER.|
|The CD for this year's program will be recorded in November 2015 at one of her live workshops, and will be available for sale come February 2016. Unless you come to one of Judy's programs, it's the only other way you can get the handbook.|
You can still get this past year's handbook and CDs, covering the best 100 of 2014:
It costs $125 for the 4 CDs and handbooks. Great for your staff, though if you're a librarian.
Here's the text of Judy Freeman's BER flyers for 2015-2016:
What's NEW in Children's Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program (Grades K-6)
PRACTICAL IDEAS AND MATERIALS
In this electrifying ALL NEW seminar, Judy Freeman will share with you her treasure-trove of the best NEW children's books from this past year. With more than 5,000 children's books being published each year, teachers and librarians are keen to select only the best titles to use with their students.
Judy Freeman, internationally recognized expert on children's literature, can help you with this challenge. Going well beyond just familiarizing you with the best of the newly published titles, she will introduce you to scores of engaging strategies for integrating children's books across the content areas.
Judy's high-powered presentation will model reading aloud, booktalking, storytelling, singing, and a host of other literature appreciation techniques that will get you energized - and ready to use these successful, easy-to-use strategies with your children.
TEN KEY BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
OUTSTANDING STRATEGIES YOU CAN USE IMMEDIATELY
"Have you read every book in the library?" students ask incredulously.
"You READ these books?" a new student asks, amazed that a grown-up would admit to loving books meant for children.
We teachers and librarians are the gods and goddesses of great books. Our children look upon our wisdom and depth of book knowledge with awe. Our job to turn them all into readers is never done.
Why are the Finns number one in children's literacy worldwide? They READ to their children. They TELL THEM STORIES. And LIBRARIES are a very important part of their lives.
You want your children to test better? Read to them. Tell them stories. Take them to the library. They'll read better. And test better. And live better.
I read thousands of new children's books each year. I'm always on the prowl for books that inspire, amaze, entertain, enlighten, and stimulate. I love to field test my favorites with teachers and librarians and their students. My goal? To find out which books work best with their intended audience - actual children, grades K-6. When I put together my brand new BER seminar each year, I want you to see, feel and sample each of the books and marvel over the fabulous follow-up activities the children have done.
My philosophy of teaching and life is this: Give children, teachers, librarians, and parents more than they ask for, more than they think they need, more than they ever knew existed. This is also what I aim for in our BER seminar. For each book I select to share with you, I look for the Book Hook - that mysterious, magical lure that will pull you in and get your own creative juices flowing. We'll examine and evaluate the latest best books to see what makes them so great. We'll get excited about new books and old favorites and ways to use them to get our children reading, writing, illustrating, and responding to literature across the curriculum in classrooms and libraries. I'll bring lots of new examples of children's projects, writings and other creative responses to the books we've explored.
We'll get practical: How can we help our kids read with expression, comprehension, fluency, and joy? What books will fire up children and get them to want to read more? During our book-packed wow of a day, we'll interact through hands-on writing activities, booktalking, reading aloud, storytelling, songs, and drama. We'll even put on a play! With my latest irresistible mix of wonderful, new children's books - picture books, fiction, poetry, folklore, biography, and nonfiction - I'll demonstrate down-to-earth, easy-to-use ways of making books come alive for children.
I can't wait to meet you and share my favorite passion: Children's books and the many creative ways to get kids reading and loving them.
P.S. Wear comfortable clothes, don't forget your sweater in case it gets chilly, and maybe a bit of chocolate for inspiration and energy. Bring a smile, a sense of humor and a yen for adventure. Let's get together and have a terrific time learning about the best, new books of the year!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
K-6 Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, Librarians, Children's Librarians in Public Libraries, Library Aides, Reading Specialists, Resource Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Title I Staff Members, and Administrators.
Extensive Resource Handbook:
You will receive Judy Freeman's exciting new resource handbook, What's NEW in Children's Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program (Grades K-6), specifically designed for this seminar. This comprehensive handbook includes:
Judy Freeman will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding the unique needs of your own program.
New Books and Hands-On Materials:
Many newly published titles, children's follow-up projects, puppets, props, and other relevant materials will be on display for participants to examine.
Semester Credit Option:
Graduate elective credit is available with an additional fee and completion of a follow-up practicum project. Details for direct enrollment with Chapman University (California) will be available at the seminar.
Meet Inservice Requirements:
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.
What Your Colleagues Say About Judy Freeman
"Judy's enthusiasm, energy and knowledge of children's books are an inspiration to me each year. I always leave with a list of great books to order, new plans for story hour and a renewed pride in my profession."
- Nancy Krebbs, Elementary Librarian
"Extremely active, energizing and engaging! Judy makes you want to read to the students all day."
- Tamra McCormack, Teacher
"Fantastic! I always learn so much that I can take back and use with the students! Thank you!"
- Marilyn Gipson, Librarian
"Lots of wonderful information and practical ideas to use in the media center to enhance instruction."
- Connie Garrett, Librarian
"I loved the overview of so many books. I now have tons of new ideas to use with my students."
- Julie Wiggens, Teacher
"Thanks so much for all the great information! I'll be back next year!"
- Dot Rutherford, Media Specialist
"So much helpful information - and great fun! We can use all these ideas the very next day!"
- Tawana West, Media Specialist
"It's great to attend a seminar that provides immediately useful lessons and ideas for use in my library!"
- Barbara Moulds, Librarian
"Absolutely marvelous! This is a great help with collection development and lesson planning. And it is so refreshing to spend the day with Judy and books!"
- Mary Birkett, Librarian
"Judy is so delightful and animated - she knows how to make books come alive! Lots and lots of great ideas for classroom connection! Fabulous!"
- Suzanne Sims, Reading Recovery/Literacy Coordinator
"Judy Freeman is awesome! So much useful information and so many engaging books! Judy reminds me how important reading and books are to everyone!"
- Jeanie Harper, Librarian
"Judy is always terrific, inspiring, informative, and 'right on target'. She works hard all year and it shows in her presentation."
- Joanne Schwartz, Media Specialist
"I love this seminar! Judy Freeman is a pleasure to listen to and is so knowledgeable in children's literature! I attend her seminar every year and plan to continue."
- Emily Hoffman, Teacher
"Once again, Judy has energized and informed me about what is new and exciting in children's literature. I now look forward to this seminar as a professional development highlight of the year."
- Debra Heimbrook, Media Specialist