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After reading the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniels Finds a Poem, the children at Rose Tree Day School in Media, PA wrote their own poem with the help of Ms. G, their wonderful Guest Reader!
Poetry is like a funny word: ‘goo-goo ga-ga’
It is a snake slithering through the grass
It is a lion roaring on the plains
It is a spider spinning a web
It is the sunset glowing in the evening
It is lizards crawling across the ceiling
It is birds flying through the sunlight
Help us celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-12)!
Teachers play an important role in shaping the lives of Pennsylvania’s youngest learners. They work with families, children and partners to ensure that each child has opportunities to learn and grow.
Are you a parent or family member whose child loves their teacher?
Are you a teacher who loves your job?
Share your story, too!
Get your story submitted by May 7 to be highlighted on this page and PA’s Promise for Children Facebook page during Teacher Appreciation Week!
Although Teacher’s Appreciation Week runs May 7-12, we will continue to publish stories as they’re received.
Help celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week by sharing a new infographic from the PA Dept. of Education & PA Dept. of Human Services that shows the benefits of early learning.
We Love Teacher Jess: When my son transitioned to the 1 year old room, I was really worried about the nap time and how it would affect him not having anyone put him to bed and the length of the nap time. Jess assured me that she would make sure he got nap down without him getting too upset. I thought she would struggle a lot until she sent me a picture of her holding him and him sound asleep with a caption of “By any means necessary.” Definitely a stress reliever. I am proud to say that after a 2 weeks he goes to his cot when it’s time for nap lays down on his own.
Aurielle M, Allegheny County
We Love Teacher Miss Pelleschi. My name is Zacheri A. I am the mother of a beautiful 4 year old boy named Bryson. Bryson started Pre K in September of 2016. I was very excited and also quite terrified for him to begin. I had many emotions going through me his first few weeks of school. I was always worried about him making friends, making sure he had everything he needed and most of all, his behavior. Bryson is a very strong willed little boy. He does not like to be told no and he also has a bit of anger issues. Within the first two weeks of him being enrolled I got a phone call from the school. They told me that Bryson was having a hard time with hitting and sharing. They said maybe it would be best to get him evaluated by ACRP. I was very upset. Feeling like I failed as a mother and let my son down. I decided that I needed to do what was best for my son. I called ACRP and got him set up for an intake and evaluation. It was a very long and exhausting process but I kept pushing for him. In the waiting periods between the intake and evaluation I got daily updates from his teacher Miss. Pelleschi through the school’s Remind app. Together we came up with coping strategies and reward systems. If Bryson was having a tough day she would let me know so that when he got home I could address it. If I didn’t have the support from Miss Pelleschi I would have been completely lost. The communication eased my worries. Finally everything got finalized at ACRP and they approved Bryson for a TSS for 10 hours a week and a BSC for 5 hours a week. I felt so relieved to know that he was going to get the help he needed while he was in school. Bryson has been doing a lot better in school and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help from the school, ACRP and most importantly Miss. Pelleschi. Much love and many thanks to all of you guys for being there for Bryson and I!
Zacheri A. of Cambria County
Guest readers throughout Pennsylvania are reading the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniel Finds a Poem by author Micha Archer in early learning programs.
Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary for Commonwealth Libraries/State Librarian, read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to children at the Coyle Library in Chambersburg on April 18, 2017.
Deputy Secretary, Matthew Stem from the PA Office of Elementary/Secondary Education read Daniel Finds a Poem to a kindergarten class at Clarks Summit Elementary (in the Abington Heights School District) on April 4 as part of Governor’s Wolf’s Schools That Teach tour.
Deputy Secretary Matthew Stem visited the Lackawanna County Children’s Library where he read Daniel Finds a Poem to a group of children preparing for kindergarten. These children were at the library for the library’s kickoff to the Cruise to Kindergarten program.
PA State Representative Stephen Kinsey visited Heaven Sent Childcare on May 4, 2017. It was worth the wait. It was a memorable experience, the students won’t forget.
What a joy kicking off Month of the Young Child on April 3, 2017 by reading the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to preschoolers at Erin Cameron’s Keystone Stars STAR 4 Creative Garden Child Care Center in Punxsutawney. Guest reader, Community Innovation Zone Specialist John Pozza and children even sang a song using the ideas Daniel got for his poem from the animals he meets in the park.
Doreen Yeremian reads to children in three classrooms on April 3, 2017 at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School in Swarthmore.
Children at the Lancaster Early Education Center, drawing pictures of the animals that Daniel encountered in the story after being read to by guest Jen Wertz.
Roma Greenly reads to a classroom at Kids of the Kingdom Day School in Lewisburg on April 5, 2017.
Carissa Woleslagle from OCDEL, reads to students at Henry Houck Elementary School in the Lebanon School District on April 5, 2017.
Preschoolers enjoyed a reading at the Sunbury YMCA in Sunbury by guest Bea Prosseda.
Chris Rodgers visited the Little Hearts Learning Center preschool class to share the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem.
Guest reader, Barbara Parr, read to the children at Back to Basics Learning Center in New Oxford, PA. Since the teachers were discussing spring in preparation for using Daniel Finds A Poem, Ms. Parr supported their work by reading, In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming, followed by Jump Frog Jump by Byron Barton. The teachers and children greeted their guest warmly and all appeared to enjoy the session.
Kathy Kashner from Northampton Community College recently read at Forks YMCA Education Center, part of the Greater Valley YMCA to Pre-K Counts students. The students really enjoyed her reading style and the PA One Book: Every Young Child selection, Daniel Finds a Poem.
Guest reader Bob Borenstein reads to the children at Abington YMCA in Montgomery County.
Kelsey O’Brien from the PA Key read to Kiddie Line Express in Linglestown.
Mr. Bruce recently read to students at The Goddard School in Murraysville.
Jennifer Crane read the PA One Book to students at Betty Shreckengast’s Family Daycare in Millheim, PA.
Corrie Mitchell read at the Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Department (JCC) in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 4. Corrie said, “The children really enjoyed the book and were very engaged as I read. It was such an awesome experience to be able to go into a site and read to the children!”
Beaver County celebrated Week of the Young Child Celebration on April 8 with Darlene Sansone from the Penn State Extension Office as the PA One Book Guest Reader.
Henry Houck Elementary School‘s K-4 classroom enjoyed Daniel Finds a Poem with their guest reader.
Amanda Janeshefskie from the PA Key read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to children at Aa to Zz Child Care and Learning Center in Hummelstown.
Judy Graca read the PA One Book to classrooms at Interplay Child Care in Pittsburgh.
The Head Start classroom at Maxwell Elementary in Greensburg/Westmoreland County enjoyed their PA One Book guest reader.
Kirsty Clarke Brown from PHMC read the PA One Book to a classroom at the Shiloh Development Academy in Chester on April 13.
On Monday, April 10, 2017, in support of early literacy, JB’s Bright Beginnings‘ of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania hosted special guest reader, Kelli Shafron from Westmoreland Community Action. Miss Kelli shared the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer with the Pre-K Classrooms. Miss Kelli was greeted with joyful smiles and departed with the gift of the children’s own stories and poems!
PA One Book Guest Reader Beth Plowmaker (from SERK) read to students at Tommy Tinkers in Chester County.
Betsy Vassallo of the Southeast Regional Key read to children at Aunt Di’s Child Care Services, a STAR 4 family child care home in Philadelphia on April 20, 2017.
Jori Farley one of the Northeast Regional Key STARS Managers read to the children at Howard Gardner MI Charter School.
Rae Temples a Kindergarten Teacher at Bangor Area School District read to children at The Learning Locomotion.
Angie Somogyi, one of the Northeast Regional Key Managers read at Career Institute of Technology, Tech Tykes Early Learning Center in Easton, PA.
Masha Levin, one of the Northeast Regional Key’s Infant/Toddler Specialists, read at Nazareth Area Day Care in Northampton County.
Erica Ghayyada read to students at Mansfield Area Nursery School in Tioga County.
Julie Lubarsky read to students at Training Wheels Day Care in Pittsburgh on April 24, 2017.
On April 24, Luann Scardino read to the children at the Center for Developmental Disabilities. She brought her pet, Telly, since the PA One Book highlights a turtle. Luann says it was a great experience.
Kuldeep Kaur from the Easton Public Library read Daniel Finds a Poem to the Preschool 3, Preschool 4 and Kindergarten children at the Forks YMCA Education Center.
Jill Gamboni, Legislative Aide- Field Representative of Representative Michael Peifer, visited Little Wonders Learning Center, Pike County and read Daniel Finds A Poem to the Pre K class. These children are preparing to enter Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.
Bruce Hutchison read to the McKeesport School District PA Pre-K Counts classroom.
Michelle Hanna read to students at Learn-N-Play Daycare in Bath, PA.
Susanne Hamilton, Keystone Star Specialist, read to students at New Kensington Center-Head Start.
Mr. Lemley, Assistant Principal, read the PA One Book selection to the children at the Allison Park Elementary School Pre-K Counts classroom.
Mrs. Figlioli, Kindergarten teacher, read to Pre-K Counts students at Burgettstown Community Action Southwest.
Carmichaels Elementary Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Snyder, read to the Pre-K Counts children to celebrate PA One Book and Month of the Young child. Each Pre-K child was given their own copy of this year’s selection, Daniel Finds a Poem.
The Principal at Trinity North, Dr. Tully, read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to the Pre-K class in Washington, PA in celebration of Month of the Young Child.
The Principal at Jefferson Morgan, Mr. Silbaughor, read to a PA Pre-K Counts classroom in Washington, PA.
Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library was the host of author Micha Archer. 214 Children at Priestley Elementary in Northumberland Area Head Start classroom, Kindergarten, First and Second grades got to hear Micha read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem. Children presented her with poems that were suggested by Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library and worked on in classrooms. Northumberland Point Township Kiwanis Club helped us to provide books to all the children attending!
Marie DeAngelis, the Assistant Principal read the PA One book selection to the Joe Walker Elementary Pre-K Counts class on April 11.
Michele James of SERK read to children at Serena Spearman’s child care program in West Philadelphia.
Cyndi McAleer, Preschool Program Supervisor, read to students at The Red Balloon in Carnegie, PA.
Ann Gula was at Pathstone, in Coaldale to read the PA One Book to the Head Start, Early Head Start and PA Pre-K Counts children on 4/27. They loved it!
Kristy Brown read to students at Shiloh Development Academy in Chester, PA.
Sharon Enfield of the Southwest Regional Key read to students at Donegal Head Start.
Each year, Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. in Altoona, PA invites a guest reader to visit our center and read the PA One Book to our children. This year we had two visitors. On April 19, 2017, Ms. Terri Siverling, STARS Manager- Cambria and Blair Counties Northwest Regional Key and on May 12, 2017, our local legislator, Representative John McGinnis joined us and read, Daniel Finds a Poem.
Check back for more photos or submit yours! Do you have a photo of a PA One Book guest reader? Send it to Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story focused around our theme of “READ, ROCK & ROLL.” Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 9th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, which takes place April 1-2, 2017.
“The bookmark contest has been a staple of the Children’s Book Festival since we started in 2008,” said Ingrid Kloss, Development Director at The Learning Lamp. “Last year, we received over 600 entries from local students and this year we hope to receive even more! Plus, the kids love the friendly competition and always turn in great work.”
The bookmark design contest is divided into four age brackets:
Book festival attendees each get one vote per age bracket. Each division winner receives a prize package that includes a personal library of books.
Teachers can enter to win a classroom set of books by submitting their students’ bookmarks together. Rules and entry forms have been delivered to area schools. Any child from preschool to sixth grade can take part, even if their school is not participating in the contest. Only one bookmark entry per child. Visit thelearninglamp.org for a printable entry form. Completed bookmarks can be sent to The Learning Lamp at 2025 Bedford St., Johnstown PA, 15904. The deadline to submit is March 18, 2017 by 5 p.m.
The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is sponsored by The Learning Lamp and is held at BOTTLE WORKS. Its goal is to provide quality, interactive literary experiences that inspire children to read and encourage families to read together. Featured artists in 2017 include: Victoria Jamieson (author/illustrator of the Newbery Honor Award and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl), Micha Archer (author of the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem), Stacy Innerst (illustrator of The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)) and more! Attendees can also take part in writing and illustrating workshops for kids, live entertainment, arts and crafts and a giant children’s new and used book sale. Every child who comes to the Children’s Book Festival walks away with a free book from First Book.
The 2017 PA One Book; Every Young Child has finally arrived! This year’s selection, Daniel Finds a Poem, written and illustrated by Micha Archer, is a story about a boy who goes on an adventure through a park trying to find answers to his question, “What is poetry?”
To help promote reading early and often to children in homes and early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania, one winner was selected at random EVERY DAY from March 19 to April 30, 2017 .
Are you a winner? Check below!
March 19: Barb B. of Dillsburg, PA
March 20: Michelle C. of Dallas, PA
March 21: Karen L. of Bristol, PA
March 22: Evie C. of West Chester, PA
March 23: Jada A. of Bethlehem, PA
March 24: Dina H. of Chalfont, PA
March 25: Linda A. of Glen Lyon, PA
March 26: Samantha K. of Annville, PA
March 27: Stacey Y. of Pittsburgh, PA
March 28: Gina D. of Reading, PA
March 29: Tara L. of Stillwater, PA
March 30: Kim M. of Pittsburgh, PA
March 31: Jennifer M. of Harrisburg, PA
April 1: Nancy D. of Erie, PA
April 2: Linda R. of Duquesne, PA
April 3: Jean W. of Ford City, PA
April 4: Rose S. of Pittsburgh, PA
April 5: Mia M. of Braddock, PA
April 6: Liane U.S. of Ligonier, PA
April 7: Kensie H. of Hatfield, PA
April 8: April G. of Tidioute, PA
April 9: Tia M. of Aliquippa, PA
April 10: Katie S. of Glenshaw, PA
April 11: Jennifer K. of Warren Center, PA
April 12: Natalie L. of Archbald, PA
April 13: Linda K. of Mount Carmel, PA
April 14: Kathleen R. of Rockledge, PA
April 15: Sonya B. of Telford, PA
April 16: Fabi D. of Rydal, PA
April 17: Mary W. of North East, PA
April 18: Kay L. of Stroudsburg, PA
April 19: Diane G. of Philadelphia, PA
April 20: Lauren C. of Tannersville, PA
April 21: Suzette M. of Warminister, PA
April 22: Krista B. of Williamsport, PA
April 23: Mary Y. of Philadelphia, PA
April 24: Heidi A. of Emporium, PA
April 25: Carmen M. of Yeadon, PA
April 26: Chris G. of Henryville, PA
April 27: Janis L. of Danville, PA
April 28: Rae T. of Mount Bethel, PA
April 29: Catherine G. of York, PA
April 30: Nancy S. of Pennsburg, PA
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Week of January 2: Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George.
Monday – Who remembers the 2006 #PAOneBook Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George? This was the first PA One Book ever selected and you are still able to find this in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Reserve your copy today!
Wednesday– Want fun activities using Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook
Thursday– Listen to Lindsay Barrett George read Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse when it was the #PAOneBook in 2006? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book.
Week of January 9: A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Monday – Who remembers our 2007 #PAOneBook A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom? This book was the second PA One Bool selection and is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
Wednesday– Want fun activities using A Splendid Friend, Indeed with your children Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
Thursday– Watch Suzanne Bloom read her book A Splendid Friend, Indeed! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about A Splendid Friend, Indeed when it was the #PAOneBook in 2007? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown
Week of January 16: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres
Monday – Who remembers our 2008 #PAOneBook Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott? This was book #3 chosen as a PA One Book and it is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
Wednesday– Want fun activities using Up, Down, and Around with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
Thursday– Check out Katherine Ayres read her book Up, Down, and Around! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Up, Down, and Around when it was the PA One Book in 2008? Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown
January 23 – 27 If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor (2009)
January 30 – February 3 What a Treasure! By Jane and Will Hillenbrand (2010)
February 6 – 11 Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne (2011)
February 13 – 17 Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora (2012)
February 20 – 24 The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom (2013)
February 27 – March 3 Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale (2014)
March 6 – 10 Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli (2015)
March 13 – 17 Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand (2016)
Pennsylvania State Senator, Camera Bartolotta recently had a very important role with the PA Pre-K Counts students at Rainbow’s End Learning Center in Washington, PA. The students, who were learning about the letter H, explored Senator Bartolotta’s experience as a community helper on October 26, 2016. (more…)
Children who have access to books in their home spend more time with books, and those books can help them develop their language and communication skills. They are also more likely to do better in school, plus they can develop a stronger bond with their parent or caregiver. (more…)
The Northwest Regional Key recently promoted Keystone STARS at the Erie Seawolves game. Keystone STARS/Erie Seawolves t-shirts were provided to the 1st 500 kids that came to the NWRK table. In addition, 15 adult size Keystone STARS/Seawolves shirts were the t-shirt toss to the crowd and nine prize packs were given to those who won.