Here are some web sites with helpful information to share with parents.
Mem Fox & her “Ten read-aloud commandments” also her talk about books and television, to name only two of the valuable things one her web page. Her book Reading Magic is in the Commission collection for loan to librarians.
Nebraska has its own group, Read Aloud Nebraska, which offers occasional workshops by nationally known speakers, the opportunity to sign-up to be a Read Aloud Community or a Read Aloud School (sign-up will begin again on April 1), and then the chance to ask for books free to you to give to the students or children who come into your library.
Read To Them is a national organization that currently is promoting the great idea of “One School, One Book.” Families read a chapter a night at home and students answer the trivia question(s) about it the next day. Everyone talks about the same book!
Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk: Juna and her best friend Hector take her kimchi jar to the park every day and find things to put in it. A caterpillar, rocks or bugs. But one day Hector and his family have moved away. She then has a series of adventures with the different things she puts in her jar. Her older brother bought her a fish, and Juna swims with it in the ocean that night. The night she rides a cricket she caught, they stop at Hector’s new house, and she sees he is all right—then she is happy. This is another good read-aloud for Story time.
(The Nebraska Library Commission receives free copies of children’s and young adult books for review from a number of publishers. After review, the books are distributed free, via the Regional Library Systems, to Nebraska school and public libraries.)