2023 Children's Book Festival Prerecorded Sessions
Want to bring picture book biographies and historical fiction novels to life for readers? Librarians can set the stage for readers by using primary sources to contextualize stories and create an immersive experience for patrons. Primary sources, the "raw materials" of history include photographs, newspapers, and sound and video clips as well as documents. Pairing these primary sources with children's literature can help to bring the characters, stories, and time periods to life for readers of all ages. At the same time, readers are building information literacy, visual literacy, and historical literacy. Find primary sources from the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and other sources. Primary sources can be paired using ideas from the Library of Congress and the TPSTeachers Network as well as programs such as KidCitizen. Public, school, and academic librarians can then incorporate these primary sources into programs and classes to bring stories, events, and historical figures to life and build empathy in readers.
Holmes, Soline and Schwarzenbach, Alicia, "Set the Stage: Using Primary Sources to Bring Picture Books and Novels to Life" (2023). 2023 Children's Book Festival Prerecorded Sessions. 2.
Resources for Set the Stage: Using Primary Sources to Bring Picture Books and Novels to Life
Set the Stage_ Slide Deck.pdf (13252 kB)
Slide Deck for Set the Stage: Using Primary Sources to Bring Picture Books and Novels to Life