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Imagination Library

Book Selection Committee (2014) - .U1Fz9l7Sxk9

John Micklos, Jr.:

formerly Editor in chief of “Reading Today,” the

award-winning membership newspaper of the

International Reading Association. Freelance

Writer, Editor

Edna Rogers:

Retired KindergartenTeacher, National State

Teacher of the Year organization President. 1989

– present: Board Member of the Dollywood


Chaya Kilkarni:

B.A.A. M.Ed. Ed.D. . Parenting and Child Development

Expert, Director, Infant Mental Health

Promotion (IMP), The Hospital for Sick Children


Diane Givens:

Parents as Teachers

Oversees the department that coordinates the

Family and Children Education (FACE) program

with the Bureau of Indian Education, i-3 BabyFACE

progam and Tribal Home Visiting.

Jinx Watson:

Retired Associate Professor – Coordinator of

Youth Services

School of Information Services

University of Tennessee


Inspiration & Imagination &

Fundamental Themes of Regard:

Love of reading and learning; regard for diversity

of people, their roles, culture, and environment;

promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation

of art and aesthetics. Each series of books

should contain certain characteristics specific to

their age appropriateness including:

Year 1

Vision - bright, big, colorful

Touch - board pages

Rhyme and rhythm

Simple - easy to use

Minimal text - point and say

Playful sound

Nurture - attachment- lullaby themes

Year 2

Continue concepts from year one and build upon


Repetition and predictability - generate language

Motor skills

“Self-help” activities - things children can do,

things familiar in their daily life

Use of real photo illustration

Body awareness

Nursery rhymes

Colors, letters, numbers

Year 3

Wordless books - build your own story (reader

and child)

Values and character

Issues - fear, conflict, love, safety

Colors, letters, numbers

Nursery rhymes

Year 4

More complex stories - hero, complication, resolution

Diversity of others - faces, environment - OK to

be different

Play, humor, fun

Nursery rhymes and poetry

Year 5

School preparation and readiness

Use rebus (pictures used for words)

Science - non-fiction

Folk tales

Thank you, appreciation

Rhymes and poetry