Events


Upcoming Events

 

 

Whole Book Approach Educator Workshop

A back-to-school program for Chicopee Public School teachers at the Springfield Museums, Wednesday August 30, 2017 9:30-11:00AM.

 

 

 

Advisory Committee Round Table of the MERGE for Equality Children’s Book Campaign 

I am consulting with this organization on their Children’s Book Campaign and will convene a meeting of educators, parents, and other caregivers on September 17 from 12:30-3:30 in Springfield, MA. Please send me an email to inquire about applying to join us.

Read Alouds & the Whole Book Approach 

The Connecticut Association for Reading Research fall meeting, Tuesday September 19, 2017 4:30-7:00PM, at the Shaw Center at Hillyer College, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield, West Hartford, CT 06117

Join Simmons College professor and author Megan Dowd Lambert to learn about the Whole Book Approach, a co-constructive (interactive) storytime model focused on the art and design of the picture book, which she developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This work draws upon transactional Reader Response theory, Visual Thinking Strategies, and a Structuralist approach to the picture book as a visual art form. Drawing on her book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See (Charlesbridge 2015) attendees will consider the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Active participation throughout the session will allow everyone to reflect on a diverse array of picture books in order to add Whole Book Approach tools and techniques to their own storytime practice. Book sale and signing to follow the program.

Go to this link for further information and to purchase tickets, priced at $40 each. 

 

 

Whole Book Approach workshop at The Carle

September 29, 2017
9:30am – 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. Registration includes a signed copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.
Instructor: Courtney Waring

(Please note that I am not leading this session, but I will make sure The Carle has signed copies of my book for all participants).

 

Reading Picture Books With ChildrenWhole Book Approach Guest Lecture

I will lead a Skype visit to a course entitled TLS480 Children’s Literature in the Classroom, taught by Sarah Hannah Gómez, at the University of Arizona College of Education on November 13, 2017.

Workshop: Using the Whole Book Approach to Foster Children’s Critical Engagement with Picture Books

I will offer this 1.5-hour workshop during the MERGE for Equality “Developing Healthy Men and Boys Training” 2-day training in Springfield, MA. The conference will be held November 29 & 30, and my program will run on the afternoon of Thursday November 30 with a focus on using co-constructive storytime techniques to support children’s engagement with themes of positive masculinities, gender equality, and interrogating strict gender binary oppositions in children’s literature. Check back soon for further details about registration and location.

 

 

Take a look at this video to learn about graduate programs in Children’s Literature at Simmons College on the main campus in Boston and at the satellite site at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

The following information sessions will take place at the Carle, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA and will provide information about non-degree graduate study as well as the degrees offered (MA, MFA, MA/MFA, and MA/MS) through the Simmons at The Carle partnership:

September 30, 2017 11:00AM

September 30, 2017 2:00PM

November 18, 2017 3:00PM

Click here for more information about the partnership between Simmons College and The Carle, or visit the Simmons website, email slisadm@simmons.edu, or register for an Information Session. For tuition information click here.

Here is a link to the full list of all upcoming SLIS information sessions.


Past Appearances

Whole Book Approach Educator Workshop, Falmouth Public Schools, August 15, 2017

Whole Book Approach storytime & book-signing, Eight Cousins Bookshop, Falmouth, MA, August 15, 2017

Summer 2017 Institute: (im)possible dreams at Simmons College July 27-30, 2017, including my seminar “Oh the Possibilities! A Whole Book Approach to Fostering Children’s Critical Engagement with Picturebooks” on Saturday July 29, 2017

Book signing at the Publishers’ Spotlight/Tilbury House booth at the ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 24, 2017

Book signing at the Charlesbirdge Publishing booth at the ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 24, 2017.

Words and Pictures: Picture Book Author/Illustrators Discuss the Whole Book, an Exhibitors’ Round Table panel that I moderated with author/illustrators David Hyde Costello, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Don Tate at the ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 24, 2017.

Simmons College Seminar: David Wiesner and The Art of Wordless Storytelling, co-taught with Jeannine Atkins and Cathryn M. Mercier at The ERic Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, June 17, 2017.

Storytime featuring Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham at the opening day of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA, June 3, 2017.

Whole Book Approach presentation and author talk with scholars and students affiliated with the Picture Book Project: A Bates College Collection Portraying People of Color at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, May 23, 2017

Whole Book Approach Storytime May 23, 2017, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

Whole Book Approach workshop sponsored by the South Berkshire Kids Program through a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant, Great Barrington, MA, Thursday, May 18, 2017

Whole Book Approach model storytimes and teacher workshop at Pine Cobble School, Williamstown, MA, May 17, 2017

NESCBWI Faculty Book Signing, NESCBWI conference, Springfield, MA April 22, 2017

Picture Book Family Diversity presentation at NESCBWI conference, Springfield, MA April 22, 2017

Whole Book Approach workshop at NESCBWI conference, Springfield, MA April 21, 2017

Whole Book Approach workshop for teachers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA, March 9, 2017

Whole Book Approach workshop with teachers at Derby Academy, Hingham, MA, March 7, 2017.

Whole Book Approach workshop for parents and other caregivers at the Hingham Public Library, Hingham, MA, March 7, 2017.

Local Authors Book Fair fundraiser for  Reader to Reader at the Barnes and Noble Hadley store, Hadley, MA. Whole Book Approach presentation and book-signing, March 4, 2017.

Whole Book Approach Storytime & Book-signing at  Phoenix Books & Cafe, Essex, VT, Saturday January 21, 2017

Guest Lecture based on Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See in the Book Studies Concentration Gateway Course at Smith College, Northampton, MA, January 12, 2017.

Whole Book Approach model storytime and workshop with the Essex County Public Children’s Librarians Group, Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood, NJ, Monday, January 9, 2017.

Leading Whole Book Approach Storytimes consultation with Guest Services staff at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, January 4, 2017. 

Whole Book Approach Storytime and Book-Signing at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art December 30, 2016. Here’s a tweet thread about the books I read.

Skyped Author Visit on the Whole Book Approach with teachers at Brooks School Elementary, Fishers, IN, December 9, 2016

Special storytime and book-signing featuring Real Sisters Pretend with illustrator Nicole Tadgell at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on National Adoption Day, November 19, 2016.

The Book Fest @ Bank Street, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY, “Reading Picture books with Children: The Whole Book Approach” October 22, 2016. Go to the 2:05 mark at this KidLit TV link to see my interactive talk, and check out the other speakers and panels, too.

Educator Night at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, “Reading Christian Robinson’s Picture Books with Children” October 5, 2016.

The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium breakout session, “Unpacking Names and Naming,” October 1, 2016.

Whole Book Approach Storytimes featuring picture books by illustrator Christian Robinson, Crocker Farm School, Amherst, MA, Friday September 23 & 29, 2016

Storytime, book sale and signing with illustrator David Hyde Costello at the Field Memorial Library, Conway, MA, August 13, 2016

Whole Book Approach storytime, talk, and book-signing in conjunction with “Get the Picture” illustration exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA, July 25, 2016

Book Signings with Charlesbridge Publishing and Tilbury House/Publisher’s Spotlight at the International Literacy Association conference, Boston, MA, July 11, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA, July 10, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA, July 9, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime and Book Signing at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA, July 8, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime Training via Skype based on Reading Picture Books with Children, Clermont County Public Libraries, OH, June 30, 2016

ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL Sunday, June 26, 2016: 

  • Panelist with Todd Kessler of Coral Stone Press: If Reading Is So Important, Why Are Children’s Books Getting Shorter?
  • Book-signing for Real Sisters Pretend at the Publisher’s Spotlight
  • Book-signing for A Crow of His Own and Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See at the Charlesbridge Publishing Booth.

Author visit for a reading of Real Sisters Pretend at Crocker Farm Elementary School, Amherst, MA, June 1, 2016 with 4th and 5th graders. (Closed to the public)

Book launch for Real Sisters Pretend with illustrator Nicole Tadgell at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA. May 28, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime Training based on Reading Picture Books with Children, The Academy at Charlemont, Charlemont, MA May 24, 2016. (Closed to the public)

#AskAMentor session at the New England SCBWI Conference: The POWER of (RE) INVENTION Springfield, Massachusetts April 28, 2016

Book talk and signing, Reading Picture Books with Children immediately preceding the 2016 BERL Lecture at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Saturday April 23, 2016.

Book-signing and moderation of illustrators’ panel with David Hyde Costello, Nicole Tadgell, Diane deGroat, and David Milgrim at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for students in the Simmons College graduate course on the picturebook, April 10, 2016.

The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, MS April 6-8, 2016, where I accepted the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award on Thursday April 7 as a part of this amazing festival. New Writer Medalist Don Tate, New Illustrator Medalist Phoebe Wahl, fellow New Writer Honor winner Julia Sarcone-Roach, and New Illustrator Honor winners Ryan T. Higgins and Rowboat Watkins were also recognized.

Whole Book Approach Storytime at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art March 18, 19 & 20, 2016

School Library Journal Webinar on the Whole Book Approach with Megan Dowd Lambert, Charlesbridge Editor Yolanda Scott, and Eric Carle Museum Educator Emily Prabhaker, March 9, 2016.

Book signing and readings for Read Across America Day at the Newton School, Greenfield, MA Wednesday March 2, 2016 6:00-7:30

Guest lecture based on Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Tuesday March 1, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime at Crocker Farm Elementary School, Amherst, MA, for World Read Aloud Day Wednesday February 24, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Friday January 29, 2016

Storytimes and Teacher Training, Frontier Regional and Union #38 School District,  January 22, 2016

Guest lecture based on Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See in the Book Studies Concentration Gateway Course at Smith College, Northampton, MA, Thursday January 14, 2016

Book signing for A Crow of His Own with illustrator David Hyde Costello at ALA Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA Saturday January 9, 2016

Book signing for Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See at ALA Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA Sunday January 10, 2016

Whole Book Approach Storytime and book signing Wednesday December 30, 2015 10:30 AM, The Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Book talk and signing of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00 PM The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

Whole Book Approach Storytime, Friday December 11, 2015 10:30 AM The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road Amherst, MA 01002

Whole Book Approach Storytime at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Friday, November 27, 2015 10:30 AM

Book Signing for Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Odyssey Books, 9 College St., S. Hadley, MA

Wondermore “What’s New in Children’s Books?” Conference
November 2015

The Horn Book At Simmons Colloquium: Transformations
October 2015

New England Independent Booksellers Association Conference
October 2015

Children’s Literature Institute, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
July 2015

Stone House Farm children’s summer program, Amherst, MA, July 9, 2015

Hubbub Fest, Boston Public Library
June 2015

New England Children’s Bookseller Advisory Council Annual Meeting, Amherst, MA June 17, 2015

Book Buzz American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
June 2015

Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, Berkeley, CA, June 28, 2015

Storytime at Crocker Farm Elementary School, Amherst MA June 2015

Looking at the Whole Book: Exploring A Crow of His Own with Author Megan Dowd Lambert and Illustrator David Hyde Costello, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
April 2015

Boston Book Fest Hubbub fundraiser
April 2015

Family and Friends’ Weekend at Hampshire College, with author Norton Juster October 24, 2014.

2013-2014 Lowell Lecture Series: Gateway to Reading at the Boston Public Library with author Norton Juster, April 2, 2014

Meet the Medalists: Boston Book Festival at the Old South Church, Boston, MA. October 18, 2013.

The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, Building Character October 2013

Conroe ISD Librarian Staff Development Day, “A Whole Book Approach to Reading with Children” Skyped presentation, August 20, 2013.

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, panelist with illustrators Beth Krommes, Eric Rohmann and Chris Raschka, “Calde-Tots: Using Caldecott Winning Books with Young Children” June 30, 2013.

Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, “A Whole Book Approach to Story Time” April 24, 2013.

The Akron Museum of Art, Akron, OH. March 25, 2013.

Yale University Early Childhood Program, New Haven, CT, keynote speaker at, “A Celebration of Picture Books”, April 21, 2012.

The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Engaging the Ear, Delighting the Eye: The World of Mother Goose” October 2011.

Long Island Children’s and YA Literature Conference, Adelphi University keynote speaker on The Whole Book Approach, October 14, 2011.

Junior Library Guild national webinar book talk program addressing The Whole Book Approach: May 12, 2011.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners annual conference, speaker on The Whole Book Approach, Baltimore, MD, sponsored by the Association’s Childhood Literacy Special Interest Group, March 24, 2011.

The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Reading with Children: Words, Pictures and Design in Co-constructive Storytimes” October 2, 2010.

ALSC pre-conference Drawn to Delight: How Picture Books Work (and Play) Today. Gutter Talk and More: Picture Book Paratexts, Design and Illustration at Storytime Washington, D.C., keynote speaker on picture books and visual literacy, June 2010.

The Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT professional development day, keynote speaker “The Whole Book Approach,” June 22, 2010.

Connecticut Humanities Council annual conference keynote speaker on “The Whole Book Approach,” May 21, 2010.

New York Library Association annual conference keynote speaker on “The Whole Book Approach,” April 9, 2010.

Southern Adirondack Child Care Network, annual conference keynote speaker on The Whole Book Approach, Lake George, NY, November 13, 2009.

Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, keynote speaker, “From Cover to Cover with Brown Bear: An Introduction to the Whole Book Approach” Killington, VT, October 23, 2009.

The Foundation for Children’s Books, Boston, MA with Mordicai Gerstein October 13, 2009

Washington D.C. Public Libraries Youth Services Division, “The Whole Book Approach” August 31, 2009

Lesley University Summer Literacy Institute, keynote speaker with two sessions on “The Whole Book Approach,” July 16, 2009.

Massachusetts Literacy Champions, The Massachusetts Literacy Foundation, Boston, MA June 1, 2009.

The Infant Toddler Council of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, keynote speaker, “From Cover to Cover with Brown Bear: An Introduction to The Whole Book Approach” May 16, 2009.

The Children’s Literature Council of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA., “I Can Read It By Myself—but Do I Want To? Inspiring Emergent Readers” March 28, 2009.

Literacy for All Conference ,The Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative, Providence, RI “Multicultural Criticism of Children’s and YA Literature,” November 18, 2008

Bennington County Child Care Conference, Bennington, VT, “The Whole Book Approach” and “A Book in Hand: Leading Multiple Copy Storytimes,” November 1, 2008.

MA Title I Conference, Hyannis, MA “A Novel Idea: Connecting Picture Books and Novels in Middle and High School Curriculum” October 20, 2008.

The Foundation for Children’s Books, Boston, MA with illustrator Diane deGroat for the FCB’s “Conversations with…” series, October 14, 2008.

The New England Reading Association, Springfield, MA, “A Book in Hand: Multiple Copy Storytimes and Students Learning English as a Second Language” with co-presenter Dr. Jane Lannak of Boston University, September 25, 2008.

The Connecticut Children’s Librarian Roundtable annual conference “The Whole Book Approach” September 17, 2008

Washington D.C. Public Libraries Youth Services Division, “The Whole Book Approach” and “A Book in Hand: Leading Multiple Copy Storytimes” June 4 & 5, 2008.

The Vermont Humanities Council Literacy Programs Annual Meeting, “The Whole Book Approach” June 12, 2008.

The Parent-Child Home Program Annual Conference, Uniondale, New York “From Cover to Cover with Brown Bear: An Introduction to the Whole Book Approach” on May 5, 2008

The New England Association of Independent School Librarians, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA, “A Novel Idea: Connecting Picture Books and Novels in Middle and High School Curriculum” April 11, 2008.

The Early Childhood Institute at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, “Multicultural Criticism of Children’s Literature” January 12, 2008

 

The Vermont Department of Libraries Mock Caldecott program, “The Whole Book Approach: A Caldecott Survey” December 17, 2007.

The Foundation for Children’s Books, Boston, MA, with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi for the FCB’s “Conversations with…” series April 24, 2007.

The Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH, “The Whole Book Approach” November 8, 2007.

ALA funded series, “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature: Identity and Imagination” at The Jones Library, Amherst, MA, “Multicultural Criticism of Contemporary Jewish Children’s Literature” presentation September 11, 2007.

The Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, “From Cover to Cover: The Whole Book Approach to Evaluating and Using the Picture Book as an Art Form,” July 22, 2007.

MA Title I Dissemination Project, Hyannis, MA, “Multicultural Criticism of Children’s Literature,” May 11, 2007.

Skidmore College, Saratoga, Springs, NY, “Silly, Subversive, Serious Stuff: The Works of Dr. Seuss” presented at the Education Club annual meeting April 12, 2007.

The NW Corner Children’s Librarian Roundtable, Winstead, CT, “The Whole Book Approach” January 29, 2007

Integrated Arts Conference, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, “Tale as Old as Time: Beauties and Beasts Through the Ages,” January 27, 2007

Bureau for Jewish Education, Brookline, MA. “A Book in Hand: Leading Multiple Copy Storytimes” and “Evaluating Contemporary Jewish Picture Books: A Multicultural Critical Approach” November 27, 2006

International Conference of the Book, Emerson College,The Whole Book Approach” October 21, 2006

MA Title I Dissemination Project, Hyannis, MA, “A Book in Hand: Leading Multiple Copy Storytimes” May 11, 2006

Reggio Children, USA, Smith College and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, conference “In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia,” “A Book in Hand: Leading Multiple Copy Storytimes” May 7-8, 2006

Connecticut State Library Spring Meeting From Cover to Cover with Brown Bear: An Introduction to The Whole Book Approach,May 25, 2006

Vermont Library Conference, Burlington, VT From Cover to Cover with Brown Bear: An Introduction to The Whole Book Approach,May 17, 2006

Williams College Museum Associates Program annual meeting, Williamstown, MA From Cover to Cover with Brown BearOctober 25, 2006

Plymouth State University Integrated Arts Conference, Plymouth, NH “Silly, Subversive, Serious Stuff: The Works of Dr. Seuss”, January 2006

The Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH, “The Whole Book Approach,” November 12, 2005.

The Foundation for Children’s Books, Boston, MA, with author Norton Juster for the FCB’s “Conversations with…” series October 25, 2005

Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Continuing Education Programs, “Sowing the Seeds of Visual Literacy” Workshop co-facilitator with Rosemary Agoglia fall 2004, spring 2005, fall 2005.

New Haven Area NAEYC, New Haven, CT, “The Whole Book Approach” April 13, 2005

The Berkshire Reading Council, Pittsfield, MA, “From Cover to Cover with Brown Bear: An Introduction to The Whole Book Approach” January 22, 2004

Reggio Children/USA, The Eric Carle Museum, Smith College, UVM, Five Colleges, Inc., “Childhood Possibilities, Potentials, and Contexts: Voices from Pistoia, Reggio Emilia, and New England,” conference, “The Whole Book Approach” May 7-9, 2004.

The Foundation for Children’s Books, Boston, MA “From Cover to Cover with Brown Bear: An Introduction to The Whole Book Approach,” March 25, 2004.

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH, “Picture This: Visual Perception and the Work of Molly Bang” March 6, 2004

Fresno State University, Fresno, CA “Frances Hodgson Burnett Beyond the Secret Garden” panel presentation, “Just a Whisper: Connecting Burnett’s Secret Garden with other touchstone works of children’s literature in an undergraduate survey course” April 2003.