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For the eighth consecutive year, Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child early literacy initiative will lead the way and highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3 to 6. In its inaugural year, the One Book, Every Young Child program won the coveted, national John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.
 
Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child 2013 selection is The Bus for Us, a delightful book written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom for children ages 3 to 6. Published in 2001 by Boyds Mills Press, this story follows Tess on her first day of school as she waits with her friend Gus for the bus. She’s very excited and wonders what the bus will look like. As they wait, Tess sees many different vehicles drive by, including a taxi, a fire engine and a tow truck. And as each one passes she asks, “Is this the bus for us, Gus?”
 
The collaborating agencies involved with the program all believe strongly in supporting early literacy efforts. They are working together to develop a multifaceted program accessible to all areas and populations of the state. There are more than 595,000 children in the target age group, many of which are in the state's childcare facilities, Head Start programs, licensed preschools, or kindergartens.
 
The One Book, Every Young Child program goes far beyond just giving parents and caregivers a book to read to preschoolers. The program's design is based on studies showing that simply reading a book is not enough. Adults must find ways to engage children in activities like talking about a book's cover and illustrations, discussing the action in the book and favorite parts, pretend play related to the book, and more.
 
Through this initiative, adults with preschoolers in their lives will learn how they can support the development of literacy in preschool children. Because it is important for children to be prepared for school, One Book, Every Young Child will provide opportunities for adults to read aloud and share books, stories and related activities with preschoolers. These activities have been shown to be crucial to early learning. One Book, Every Young Child information and program ideas have been developed by librarians and museum educators from across Pennsylvania to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers and to encourage family bonding through books and reading.
 
Throughout the year, there will be local events supporting the One Book, Every Young Child reading initiative, including limited days of author and illustrator visits at select locations across the state; library and museum programming for families; activities for parents, early child care providers and educators available on this website; and state government VIPs across the state reading to children in libraries and other sites. 
 
Each year, traveling trunks are developed by museum educators to help expand upon the concepts in the chosen book. Each trunk is filled with fun book-related puppets, games and manipulatives for young children. In addition, each trunk includes a guide for librarians and educators that encourages use of the trunk contents in activities that are aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.
 
One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association, PennSERVE, HSLC/Access PA, Pennsylvania School Bus Association, Keystone Insurers Group, and Harleysville Insurance.
 
The program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Pennsylvania's Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Previous selections for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program are:

2012 Book Selection
Stop Snoring Bernard by Zachariah OHora
2011 Book Selection
Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
2010 Book Selection
What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
2009 Book Selection
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
2008 Book Selection
Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
2007 Book Selection
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom
2006 Book Selection
Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George

See the websites for these programs. Visit the archive page.

 

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