50% off storytime resources from ALA Editions!

ALA Editions has lots of great storytime resources on sale at 50% off, including 2 of my titles:

Multicultural Storytime Magic coverMulticultural Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker (ALA Editions)

Regular price: $48 – Now on sale for $24!

Weave diversity into any and every storytime, no matter what the topic! Arranged thematically around dozens of popular storytime themes, this resource book presents original and traditional resources from all over the world that will enrich storytimes for ages 2 through 5. Includes download links for flannelboard and stick puppet patterns and illustrations of American Sign Language signs. Buy now.

 

A Box Full of Tales by Kathy MacMillan (ALA Editions)

Regular price: $52 – Now on sale for $26!

Children’s programming made easy. Really easy. What librarian doesn’t dream of offering more and better children’s programs with less effort? Story boxes offer a simple method for capturing ideas, talent, creativity, and resources available in your library. This handy resources also includes detailed plans for fifty great story boxes including suggested books, fingerplays, songs, props, crafts, and sign language activities. Buy now.

 

Browse the entire sale here! Sale ends August 15, 2020.

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July Online Book Events

Little Hands Signing

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family.  These FREE online Storytimes hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD).
Registration required at the links below. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program. These programs will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. Programs will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact aknight@carr.org


Once Upon a Sign

Sunday, July 26 at 2 PM Eastern.Hosted by New Castle County Public Libraries (DE)
FREE program. Registration required.

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun!  This program will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. This program will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact info@newcastlede.gov


 

 

 

 

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New Little Hands Signing Video: Thank You Rhyme

In Nita’s First Signs, Nita learns about using her manners. Here’s a fun action rhyme that reinforces the ASL sign THANK-YOU!

Thank You Rhyme: A Rhyme to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

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The Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 2 Starts July 7!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Storytimes Series 2: Seasons

Join us for weekly interactive “annotated storytimes” that teaches basic American Sign Language vocabulary and demonstrate how to use the signs in storytime activities and the early childhood classroom. Each session will focus on specific seasonal vocabulary:

  • Tuesday, July 7, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Summer Signs
  • Tuesday, July14, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Autumn Signs
  • Tuesday, July 21, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Winter Signs
  • Tuesday, July 28, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Spring Signs
  • Tuesday, August 4, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Celebration Signs

Because each webinar is theme-based, it is NOT necessary to have taken Series 1 in order to get the most out of Series 2!

Children of participants are welcome to join for the first 40 minutes. The final 20 minutes will consist of lecture and Q&A.  Webinars are presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, contact info@storiesbyhand.com.

Individual registration: $200 for the 5-webinar series. Group rate: $1500 for 10 people for the 5-webinar series.

Add-ons available:

  • 30-minute one-on-one coaching session: $30.  A one-on-one Zoom session with Kathy MacMillan to receive individualized feedback on your planned signing materials for storytime or the classroom – planned around your schedule! Includes recording access. Must be used within 6 months of purchase. 
  • Individualized video feedback: $20. Submit a video (up to 10 min) demonstrating your planned signing activities for storytime and receive individualized feedback on sign choices, production, and more from Kathy MacMillan via return video within 14  days. Must be used within 6 months of purchase.

Register now! Get 40% off when you register using code EARLYLITERACY (valid on group tickets too!)

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July Webinars for Writers

Summer Springboard for Writers presented by Kathy MacMillan

6 week series; each webinar is 30 minutes long. Tuesdays July 7-August 11, 2020 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central/8 AM Mountain/7 AM Pacific

SCBWI Members: $30; Non-members: $75. Your registration covers all 6 webinars in the series. Recording access and add-on critiques available.

Spring into to your writing time with these mini-webinars, designed to focus on the details of craft. Each lesson will give you specific, actionable steps you can take to improve your writing right away – and offer activities and prompts to practice your new skill, complete with presenter Q&A time. Watch live or recorded at the beginning of your writing time and get inspired!

Weekly topics:

  • July 7: Big Picture Story Framing
  • July 14: Dazzling Dialogue
  • July 21: Meaningful Action
  • July 28: Compelling Details
  • August 7: Emboldening Each Line
  • August 11: Taking the Reader Along

Register now!


Taking off the Training Wheels presented by Kathy MacMillan

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific. 90-minute webinar.

Neil Gaiman says fanfiction can act as a training ground for writing original fiction. Is he right? Kathy MacMillan, Compton Crook Award Finalist and author of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults Kathy MacMillan, discusses how writing fanfic in the Harry Potter, Star Trek, and Babylon 5 fandoms prepared her for creating fictional worlds of her own. $40 per person. Add-on critiques available.

Register now!

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New Little Hands Signing Video: Roll the Ball

In Nita’s First Signs, Nita loves to play with her colorful ball! Here’s a followup song to sign with young children using American Sign Language to introduce and reinforce manners signs and turn-taking.

Roll the Ball: A Song to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

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Save the Dates! Upcoming eCourses for Librarians and Educators!

I’m often asked when the next sessions of my popular eCourses through the American Library Association will be! We’re taking the summer off, but look for registration to open soon for these eCourses happening in the fall and winter!

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse begins September 14, 2020

BRAND NEW COURSE! – Intermediate American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse begins November 2, 2020

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse begins January 11, 2021

All courses feature 6 weeks of lessons (with 12 weeks to complete them) and are designed to be done at your own pace with a mix of videos, readings, discussion forums, and hands-on projects.

Complete course descriptions and registration information coming soon!

In the meantime, check out these upcoming webinars!

 

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New Little Hands Signing Video: Manners Song

Sing, sign, and show your manners! Here’s a fun song to practice manners signs in American Sign Language with young children:

Manners: A Song to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

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New Little Hands Signing Video: How Does Signing with Children Affect Speech Development?

Signing with ALL children can promote speech development, no matter what the myths say. Find out how in this video!

How Does Signing with Children Affect Speech Development? 

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

 

 

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This Saturday: The Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival Online

I’m excited to participate in the 2020 Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival!  This event will be held entirely online this Saturday, June 13 from 9 AM-3 PM on the Talbot County Free Library’s Facebook Page! 18 authors will be reading and answering your questions live!

I’ll be sharing some of the inspiring stories in She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World at 1:30 PM. You can find the complete schedule of author appearances here.

Share or RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

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