Martha Seif Simpson

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Picture Books
A shopkeeper witnesses a small miracle in his toy store and learns the true meaning of Hanukkah.
A boy offers advice on what NOT to give your mom, unless she's an animal.
Library and Teacher Resource Books
Complete plans for designing and implementing a series of class visits to the public library,/b>
Library and Teacher Resource Books
StoryCraft is an award-winning library program that combines storytelling with crafts in an exciting and engaging activity for children in first through third grades. This book presents complete instructions for presenting 50 fun-filled sessions.
Exciting theme-based units (such as Cartoon Cavalcade, Log On at the Library, Go in Style, Cruising the Mall, Space Shots, Teens on TV, and 44 others) that are designed for young adults. /font face="Arial">
The first book ever published with ideas for the ever-popular Summer Reading Program at the public library!

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The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
“This dreidel doesn’t work!” the father cried.
“What do you mean? How can a dreidel not work?” the shopkeeper asked.
In this beautiful holiday story, the happiness and joy of the Hanukkah miracle will warm the heart of young and old alike with its simple message: wonders still occur for those who are ready for them. Included is a useful appendix that explains Hanukkah, and an explanation on how to play the dreidel game.






What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day
What makes a good Mother's Day present? How about some worms, a rotting log, a mud puddle, or mosquitoes? Probably not unless she is a bird, a salamander, a pig, or a bat. A little boy advises what NOT to give, and comes up with the perfect gift.





Bringing Classes into the Public Library: A Handbook for Librarians
Encouraging the collaboration of professionals in public libraries and local schools, this comprehensive guide presents a detailed framework for a versatile program of class visits. Written by two public librarians with firsthand experience, it describes, in a step-by-step format, how to accomplish a structured series of class visits. The book addresses procedures, planning and implementation, and offers suggestions for both elementary and secondary school visits. Informational packets and other print materials are provided for each level. Possible challenges are discussed, with thoughts on their impact on the overall program and ways to find workable solutions. The appendices contains easily adaptable templates including sample schedules, letters to teachers and evaluation forms.


StoryCraft: 50 Theme-Based Programs Combining Storytelling, Activities and Crafts for Children in Grades 1-3
While storytelling is a great favorite of preschoolers, many elementary age children are more drawn to crafts and other activities. StoryCraft is an award-winning library program that combines storytelling with crafts in an exciting and engaging activity for children in first through third grades. Each one-hour program includes storytelling, a craft, movement, activities, music, and discussion.

Reading Programs for Young Adults Complete Plans for 50 Theme-Related Units for Public, Middle School and High School Libraries
How do librarians capture the interest of teenagers?
This book just might be the answer. Here you will find theme-based units (such as Cartoon Cavalcade, Log On at the Library, Go in Style, Cruising the Mall, Space Shots, Teens on TV, and 44 others) that are designed for young adults. The units are highly flexible, allowing any public or school library to adapt them to their particular needs.



Summer Reading Clubs: Complete Plans for 50 Theme-Based Library Programs
Children need to keep their minds active during school vacation to avoid the dreaded "summer slide" - forgetting what they learned during the school year. Librarians and teachers know that the best way to do that is by providing a fun-filled summer reading program that will get kids into the public library.
Here are plans for 50 successful summer reading programs for children in grades K-7 that will guarantee a summer full of fun, activity, and reading!