Register now for Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series: Babies and Toddlers


Learn engaging storytime activities for babies and toddlers that incorporate basic American Sign Language!

Join us for weekly interactive workshops that teach basic American Sign Language vocabulary and demonstrate how to use the signs in storytime activities and the early childhood classroom. This series will focus on vocabulary and best practices for baby and toddler programs. Each session will focus on specific thematic vocabulary:

  • March 30: Getting Started
  • April 6: Playtime Signs
  • April 13: Mealtime Signs
  • April 20: Diaper and Potty Signs
  • April 27: Safety Signs
  • May 4: Our Signing Day

Register for Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series: Babies and Toddlers Now!


Pricing:

  • Individual: $240 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)
  • Group rate (10 people): $2000 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)

Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.


About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other books for children, teens, librarians, and educators. She has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, and was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Kathy presents American Sign Language programs for families and workshops for workshops and educators. She also serves on the board of Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

 

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Free Online Storytime This Saturday!

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 and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Our Signing Day. Register here.

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Happy World Read Aloud Day!

February 3 is World Read Aloud Day!  My co-author Manuela Bernardi and I celebrated with a readaloud and a conversation about our book, She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World. Join us to hear about some of our favorite women profiled in the book, the collaborative process behind it, and to learn about some of our favorite reads by other authors! (This video is presented in English with closed captions.)

Direct link

 


More Read Alouds from Kathy MacMillan

In English:

The Runaway Shirt Storytime and Art Demo with Kathy MacMillan and Julia Castaño

Nita’s First Signs Storytime with Kathy MacMillan

Nita’s Day Storytime with Kathy MacMillan

 

In American Sign Language:

The Runaway Shirt Storytime with Kathy MacMillan

Nita’s First Signs Storytime with Kathy MacMillan

Nita’s Day Storytime with Kathy MacMillan

 

Learn more about World Read Aloud Day and find lots of great videos, activities, and more at LitWorld.com!

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Book Lists!

Thank you to Colorado Parent for including The Runaway Shirt in their roundup of books about chores and family responsibilities:

 

Also announced this week: 

2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List. This excellent list of 2020 titles, divided into Early Readers, Middle Grade, and Young Adult categories, with fiction and nonfiction categories, highlights quality feminist literature for young readers. She Spoke was an honoree on last year’s list, and we are so excited to see the excellent company it continues to have, with so many books that provide inspiration for young readers. In the words of the Rise Committee: “As we take stock of what we have lost, we must continue to fight. We must hold both in our hearts: the past and the future.” Congratulations to all of the honorees!

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Join in the Read Local Challenge!

It’s not to late to take the 2020/2021 Read Local Challenge, sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators!

Discover books by people who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

How to Join the Read Local Challenge:

Choose a challenge level, and start reading.

Picture Book Challenge | Middle Grade Challenge | YA Challenge

Read one book or two … or five … or every book in your selected challenge level. You can even take the ultimate challenge and read all 25 books!

Join in the Reading Race.

Tell us which books you have read, individually or with a team. — If your whole team / family / class reads a book together, you get to count it once for each member of your team!

Then nominate a school or library near you to win a selection of signed books from us. — Each book you read gives your school or library another entry!

Fill your Read Local Challenge Passport and redeem it for an amazing reward!

Pick up a Read Local Challenge Passport bookmark from your participating school, library, or bookstore. For details on the passport program (including a list of prizes, and bookstores where you can redeem your filled passport), please click here.

Meet a local author or illustrator at one of our events!

Check out the Read Local Challenge events calendar to find us at our already-scheduled events.

Or invite a Read Local Challenge KidLit Creator to YOUR event!

All Read Local Challenge authors and illustrators offer a 10% discount on our individual speaking rates to any group participating in the challenge. (See profiles for more information.)

Make it a competition!

Gather a group of friends together, or challenge your class (or even your whole school)!

Teachers, Librarians, & Group Leaders: Request your FREE Read Local Challenge Kit. You will receive Read Local Challenge posters, passports, stickers, and more.

Adopt an Author (or Illustrator)!

Our Read Local Challenge authors and illustrators are committed to making connections with readers and promoting a love of books!

 

Click here to learn more about the Read Local Challenge!

 

 

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Register Now for Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Webinar

In response to popular demand, we are offering an encore session of this ALA Editions webinar!

Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Workshop

A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

$60 per person; discounts available for ALA Members and groups

With many libraries currently closed to the public, library staff are turning to online storytimes as a way to provide quality programming for young patrons.

Join veteran storyteller Kathy MacMillan to explore the fundamental differences between online and in-person storytimes and best practices to bring early literacy programming into an online environment. Learn how to plan video-friendly programs, how to keep your programming interactive even when you don’t have live feedback from storytime attendees, and how to manage external stresses such as technological glitches and internal stresses such as camera fright.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand the fundamental differences in approach to online and in-person storytimes
  • Have at least three concrete strategies for making online storytimes interactive
  • Be able to implement strategies for dealing with external and internal stresses

Register now!

 

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Free Online Storytime This Saturday!

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 and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Winter Signs. Register here.

Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Our Signing Day. Register here.

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Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom Begins January 18! Register now!

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, January 18, 2020 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, expert Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children.  In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

A few of your assignments will be to create videos of yourself signing, so that you can get direct feedback from the instructor.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle.

Reviews

“Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide is one of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken. I really appreciated the topics covered and all the additional tips the instructor contributed to the discussion forums.”

“Your methods for teaching, quizzing, and giving feedback for assignments were more responsive than any ecourse I’ve taken so far (on this site or in grad school!)”

“Kathy MacMillan was an outstanding teacher, and I would highly recommend this class to my colleagues.”

“This course was appropriately named. It was practical and extremely informative.”

Register now!



 

 

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Register now for The Secrets of Show, Don’t Tell!

3-Webinar Series: The Secrets of Show, Don’t Tell with Kathy MacMillan

Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific (Each webinar is 90 minutes long)

  • Part 1: January 12, 2021
  • Part 2: January 19, 2021
  • Part 3: January 26, 2021

SCBWI Members: $40   ~   Nonmembers: $75

Registrants will receive a link to the recording the day after the live webinars. Recordings of all three webinars will be available registrants though February 27, 2021. Registration will remain open until January 26, 2021. If you register after the series has begun, you will receive links to the recordings for the sessions you missed.

Optional Add-on critiques:

  • First Page Critique: $25
  • Query Letter Critique: $25
  • 10-Page Manuscript Critique: $70

It’s the feedback every writer dreads: your manuscript has too much telling, and not enough showing. But what can you do about it?  Kathy MacMillan breaks down what it really means to “show, don’t tell” in relation to every aspect of your writing from character development to plot, and in every stage from manuscript to pitch. She’ll share a dozen “Showing Secrets” – actionable revision steps that you can use right away to breathe new life into your writing.

About the presenter:

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian,  and signing storyteller.  She writes picture books, children’s nonfiction, and middle grade and young adult fiction. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse (2016) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. She has also published eight resource books for educators, librarians, and parents. Kathy serves as the co-Regional Advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  She lives in Baltimore, MD. Find her online at www.kathymacmillan.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @kathys_quill.  Critiquing: Query letters and manuscript pages for the following categories: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Early reader/chapter book fiction; Early reader/chapter book nonfiction; Middle grade fiction; Middle grade nonfiction; Young adult fiction; Young adult nonfiction; Informational fiction.

Register now.

 

 

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Celebrate the Holidays with Nita!

Celebrate the holidays with Kathy MacMillan, author of NITA’S DAY and NITA’S FIRST SIGNS as we share stories, signs, and songs!  How does Nita celebrate with her family? Watch one of the storytime videos below to find out!

Nita’s Holidays Storytime in English

(presented in spoken English with closed captions)

 

Nita’s Holidays Storytime in American Sign Language

(presented in American Sign Language only with no voiceover)

 

Find out more about the Nita books

Order signed copies of NITA’S DAY, NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, and all of Kathy MacMillan’s books to benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund

Order your own Nita doll or other custom-made doll (all proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund)

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