Yesterday was International Museum Day, a day to celebrate museums and what they offer their community of users. The 2010 theme is 'Museums for Social Harmony'. Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples. The website offers information, activities and posters and outlines the aims of the day.
Many museums and art galleries, which are really art museums publish books for children. The New York and London galleries (see the MOMA and TATE publications) have been doing this for a long time, but now there are others including the National Museum of Australia, the art galleries of NSW and Victoria who are also publishing exemplary resources.
If you want to put together a display in the library you could also include books such as:
* Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman
* Maisy Goes to the Museum by Lucy Cousins
* Visiting an Exhibition by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
* My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki
* What Happens at a Museum by Lisa M. Guidone
* Behind the Museum Door: Poems to Celebrate the Wonders of Museums by
Lee Bennett Hopkins
* Make Your Own Museum by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
I'm a teacher/librarian in an early childhood school library. The library caters for 3-8 year old children, their teachers and their parents.
My aim here is to showcase at least one book each day until there is ' a year in a Prep School Library'. Usually the date will be the birthday of someone who is connected with Children's Literature.
I have met my initial challenge to write about a book every day, so now I write much more intermittently when I have learned of a new birthday, special day, have had a wonderful teaching moment or have found a great new book.