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Classic Picture Books are Boring and What You Should Read in Storytime Instead (PCI Webinar)

Classic Picture Books are Boring and What You Should Read in Storytime Instead (PCI Webinar) In-Person

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce that we have partnered with PCI Webinars to provide our members with access to their webinars.  These webinars are free to Massachusetts library workers who register through our calendar.  Because we are working with an outside partner, it is important that you cancel your registration in the event that you are unable to attend the webinar.

Many books considered classics are difficult to integrate as part of an engaging storytime. In this interactive and informative program, we will examine the numerous reasons why many classic picture books should no longer be a librarian’s first choice of material and what elements we look for in a book while planning storytime. 

You’ll also learn what new books are engaging the current generation of storytime audiences and when those old classics might still be a good option.

As a result of this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • Why older picture books can fall flat in storytime and in what situations do we use them
  • 4 specific traits to look for in a picture book that can make them engaging for storytime
  • Examples of picture books that embody these traits
  • How we convince caregivers to explore new books and enhance reading at home


Instructors Bios:

Will Savage has had jobs working with children for the last 17 years, the last 8 of them as a Youth Services librarian. He is currently the Youth Services Director at the Lisle Library District in Lisle, IL. Will typically completes 2-3 storytimes a week, for children ranging between 6 weeks to 5 years of age. His favorite picture books usually end up with someone or something being eaten.

John S. Ferrari completed his undergraduate degree in English from Illinois State University and received his Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. For the last 10 years, he had worked as a youth services librarian at Lisle Library District in Lisle, IL. On any given week he will perform up to 4 storytimes ranging from toddler to kindergarten. His favorite picture books contain at least one sasquatch.


Wednesday, June 29, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

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