BBTL Professional Development Workshops
BBTL offers free educator workshops that are TrainTn certified on a variety of literacy-based topics. Themes stay the same, but lessons and book suggestions are updated each presentation.
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Monthly Saturday Trainings
Once a month, we present a 2–hour fun and engaging training from 10:00am–12:00pm CST for those who need hours or just some extra inspiration. Sessions are open to any educator from anywhere. We will alternate in–person and virtual trainings (one month we'll be in–person at a library branch and the next month we'll be on Zoom).
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Special Children's Book Author/Illustrator Work(FUN)Shops
Each year, we bring in a well-known children’s book author or illustrator to teach workshops about their writing/drawing process and how to use their books in the classroom. Each attendee receives a free book.
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Schedule a Workshop
To schedule a workshop, contact Bringing Books to Life.
If you have questions about the best options for your school and teachers, please email or call: Susan Frizsell, Curriculum Coordinator and Training Specialist.
*NEW* Every Child Ready to Read: Born to Read
For Infant/Toddler Teachers! Learn five simple ways to help children develop skills they need to learn to read. Age-appropriate book suggestions, fingerplays and activities provided. (1 hour)
Every Child Ready to Read
A refresher of the five simple ways to help children develop skills they need to learn to read, but with more emphasis on lessons and books to incorporate the skills for students ages 3 and up. Hands on activity. (1-1.5 hour)
*NEW* Once Upon a Time: Intentionality with Books and Calendar Time
To calendar or not to calendar…that is the debate. Instead of one or the other, how about trying some fresh ideas for calendar and weather time during your Morning Meeting by using books? We bring you fun book and activity suggestions for this special learning time of the day. (1 hour)
Early Literacy and Story Times
In this workshop, we examine six important early literacy skills; print motivation, print awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge--and explore how to use story time to address each skill. We’ll share great new books, as well as old favorites, to use in your next classroom story time. (1 hour)
Also available as an interactive PDF for those who need to do the workshop on their own time. (1 hour)
Read It Again!
Learn different read aloud techniques that capture and keep children’s’ attention. Then, how to intentionally read a book concentrating on teaching a different skill with each read aloud. We’ll bring an exciting variety of books and practice using them to teach early literacy concepts. (1-1.5 hours)
How to Bring a Book to Life!
Dramatic play is one of the most engaging ways for preschool students to learn. These workshops will show how to use books to create dramatic play "adventures" for students to play and learn all sorts of subjects while also learning literacy skills. Choose one or all three for an exciting workshop that teachers will love! Hands on activities included.
- Part One: Narrative skills with the books Where the Wild Things Are, Tooth Fairy Training Camp, and Press Here. (1 hour)
- Part Two: Rhyming word play, punctuation, and parts of a story with the books Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Where Are the Words, and Help, We Need a Title! (1 hour)
- Part Three: Shape recognition, spatial awareness, problem solving skills with the books Are You an Ant?, Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones, and How to Find Gold. (1 hour)
STEAM and Literacy
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are important in the educational world for teaching critical thinking skills. This is a hands-on, experiment-filled workshop with ways to get students problem solving. And, of course, we offer plenty of fantastic book suggestions. (2 hours)
Math Tells a Story
Math is not all about numbers! You can use fun books to teach many math concepts, including spatial skills, patterns, number shapes and more. We’ll share interesting and engaging lesson and activity ideas for infant/toddler through early elementary ages, as well as great math picture books you’ll want to add to your classroom. (1-2 hours)
Wordless books are books that everyone can read, no matter their age, skill level or primary language. We will explore how art can convey emotion and a story line to teach important narrative skills. Hands-on art techniques for use in the classroom can be added on for a longer workshop. (1-1.5 hours)
Many of us think of non-fiction as those books with photos and boring lists of facts, but not anymore! We found books that highlight interesting inventions, strange animals, and amazing people who changed history. Be inspired by true stories and get fun lesson and book ideas for the classroom. (1 hour)
Friends with Feelings: Puppet–talking with Children
It’s been proven that a puppet can help a child find, understand, and verbalize their feelings. When you combine a puppet friend with a book about feelings, you have a powerful tool for social-emotional learning in the classroom. We will create a lovable friend and hear about great social-emotional books. (1-1.5 hours)
We’re All in This Together: Using Picture Books to Talk About Collective Trauma
This workshop explores collective traumatic experiences and their effects on development in the early childhood years. We’ll share tools and strategies for using literature to navigate collective traumatic experiences in the early childhood classroom. We will also provide budget-friendly lesson ideas and a list of books and library resources. (1 hour)
BBTL Orientation Workshops
This is our introductory workshop series for sites who wish to become a BBTL partner. Over the course of two sessions, we explore Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, practice read-aloud techniques and share ideas for incorporating literature across the early childhood curriculum. Additionally, we talk about NPL’s history of puppetry arts and focus on our featured Puppet Truck show, presented by Wishing Chair Productions. Teachers receive curriculum materials and resources to bring the featured puppet show to life in their classrooms as well as time to plan collaboratively. (Two 90–minute workshops; can be combined into one 3–hour workshop)
Also available as an interactive PDF for those who need to do part of the workshop on their own time. (2 hours on your own, 1 hour in person)