Pilot Project Journal Entry
Our Kids EVENT JOURNAL
June 6, 2012
“Best Ever Books to Read and Sing”
EVENT DESCRIPTION 2 hour
event to inform about and demonstrate “books that sing”
I set up piles of books in categories, and demonstrated
reading and singing some from each group
We provided wine and cheese, and played a trivia game and
offered prizes of CD’s and books the book store provided
Mostly teachers, although there were also some
Island Books, on
Mercer Island / Independent book store
community college early childhood program, SWOK website, and
book store fliers
Word of mouth outside the community as I did concerts and
workshops in recent weeks.
PREPARATION AND MATERIALS USED
Category Signs : Books Based on Traditional Songs,
Original Songs, Picture Books with a Song in a Story,
with a Beat.
CD’s and books to give away
HANDOUT: Information and book list
Collection of books that sing; about 15 in each category
Vertical sign with early literacy skills
To educate teachers about the variety of picture books
available, and let them see and hear how much fun they are!
To teach or review early literacy and singing connection and
how these books play a role
To give tips on how to use finding and using these books at
both the public library, and retail book store
To inform attendees about extensive website resources and book
lists of these books on the SWOK website.
*Find this information here.
The event itself was a huge success. Many teachers purchased
books the book store had ordered for the event,
and the response was enthusiastic
WHAT DIDN’T WORK OR COULD BE
We held this event in the last week of the school
year, and although it was a great turnout, it would have been
better if held between January and April, keeping in mind the
times that work best for teachers.
PERSONAL STORY / IMPACT
I wanted to do a whole event on books that sing, because this
has consistently been the topic that has generated
the most excitement at my parent and grandparent gatherings.
Teachers LOVED this event, and even
seasoned teachers were excited to see books they hadn’t seen,
and know about the free resources on the website. The majority
of the attendees were from outside the community, since I had
advertised by word of mouth during my local concert tours.
you demonstrate these books, teachers will use them! You can’t
just provide a list, or hold them up.