Welcome to the 2021 Pennsylvania One Book website

2021:  Many Books, One Pennsylvania Community

The 2021 Pennsylvania One Book program will emphasize the importance of emotional resilience, social-emotional wellness, and healing through literacy and literature in “2021: Many Books, One Pennsylvania Community.”

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic has changed the landscape for nearly everything that was familiar to families, caregivers, and their young children. Families and caregivers may have experienced unfamiliar situations and encountered circumstances of which they could never have imagined—all the while attempting to maintain consistent support and guidance for their young children.

To meet the demands of this changing landscape, the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program for 2021 will be a departure from the traditional program. During 2021, the program will pause and address the needs of families, caregivers and young children in a time that has been difficult.  What hasn’t changed is the commitment to support early literacy for Pennsylvania’s youngest learners.

The 2021 Pennsylvania One Book program will emphasize the importance of emotional resilience, social-emotional wellness, and healing through literacy and literature in 2021: Many Books, One Pennsylvania Community.

This year, young readers across Pennsylvania will be exposed to a number of titles through two booklists (for ages 0-2 and ages 3-6), cultivated by youth services librarians and early learning caregivers, with a focus on understanding emotions and feelings.  Two family fun guides and two activity guides for librarians and caregivers, all of which contain activities that align with the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Childhood, will also be made available via the One Book website to encourage family engagement and positive learning experiences.  All booklists and guides will be made available via the Pennsylvania One Book website in April 2021.

In addition, this year’s program will provide a professional development opportunity for caregivers and library staff to educate about the importance of social/emotional wellness and care for young children who are experiencing hardships.  This opportunity will be available in late Spring 2021.

Webinar Announcement:

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, April 27 from 1-2 P.M. for “Many Stories, One Pennsylvania Community: Understanding Trauma and Supporting Resilience” with Janet Pozmantier, M.S., LPC, LMFT, RPT.

Adverse childhood experiences touch us all, but they don’t have to take a toll.  In this interactive webinar, we will explore 9 trauma-informed strategies to alleviate the impact of adverse experiences and enhance emotional regulation in young children; examine the use of empathy and empowerment to address toxic stress and trauma in families; and engage in simple approaches for self-soothing to mitigate the effects of secondary trauma and burnout and build resiliency in ourselves and others.

About the speaker:   
Janet Pozmantier, M.S., LPC, LMFT, RPT, is an award-winning author, curriculum developer, trainer, and child advocate specializing in primary prevention programming. She has created and successfully implemented child abuse prevention, relationship, parenting, mental health, trauma, and youth suicide prevention education curricula for children, youth, and adults.  She is the co-author of a book on early childhood development (The First Years, DK Publishing, 2001).

Janet was instrumental in establishing several children’s advocacy organizations in Houston and served as the Founding Director of the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. She has spoken at local, state, and national conferences and specializes in “hands-on,” interactive presentations. Janet is a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award from Children at Risk, the Distinguished Service Award from ChildBuilders, and the Trainer of the Year Award from Texas Association for the Education of Young Children.  She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer (Youth and Adult), a certified Master Trainer for Mind Matters, and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow (Class XXX).

The maximum registration is 500 participants and a recording of the content will be available on both the Pennsylvania Library Staff Academy on Niche Academy and the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) Professional Development Registry. Register Now!

Early Literacy is Important!

Pennsylvania One Book is an established program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers and the significance of reading early and often to children.

Facts about the importance of language and reading

  1.  Ninety percent of a child’s brain growth occurs during birth and 4 years of age, so it is suggested that parents begin reading to their child at birth.
  2. When we read picture books to children, researchers have found that 95 percent of their attention is on the pictures. By occasionally pointing to the words in the book, you are helping them realize that it is the text we are reading, not the pictures.
  3. Research has shown that children who play with sounds of words in the preschool years are better prepared to read when they get to school.
  4. The language used in story books is different from what we use when we are speaking. Stories also have a certain structure with a beginning, middle and an end.
  5. Reading aloud introduces the patterns of language and develops vocabulary.
  6. Reading to a child just 20 minutes each day will enable him or her to hear 1 million words in a year and will expand his or her vocabulary by 1,000 words.
  7. Acting out stories or parts of them, having young children use their whole bodies, helps them internalize and understand what is happening in the story.
  8. Reading aloud helps a child develop a longer attention span and encourages the art of listening.
  9. Sharing stories introduces and keeps alive the cultural heritage of our own traditional tales and those of other cultures.
  10. Rhyming is one way that children learn to hear that words are made up of smaller parts.
  11. Writing can be very motivating. It helps children make the connection between the spoken and the written word. Writing begins with scribbles and develops into the ability to write letters.
  12. By using specific names for things, like cat and kitten, not only helps children learn new words, it also helps them understand differences between similar things.