For immediate release | February 23, 2012

Rob Reid shows how to make kids laugh

CHICAGO — Best-selling children’s author Rob Reid knows a thing or two about getting kids’ attention and holding it. His advice? Cut out the blah-blah-blah and make ‘em laugh! In “What’s Black and White and Reid All Over? Something Hilarious Happened at the Library,” published by ALA Editions, Reid focuses squarely on the preschool/elementary school crowd. He highlights dozens of programming and title suggestions that are surefire ways to banish young ones’ yawns permanently, including:

  • Humorous lesson plans, organized by age group, with storytelling tips for maximum yuks;
  • Several book lists of the funniest titles published since 2000, encompassing picture books, books for beginning readers, graphic novels and Manga, juvenile fiction, poetry and other literature;
  • More than a dozen original fingerplays, songs, activities and stories, along with a new “Rappin’ Rob Rap.”

Reid is the very popular author of numerous books on children’s programming for ALA Editions, including “Reid's Read-Alouds: Selections for Children and Teens,” “Reid’s Read-Alouds 2: Modern-Day Classics from C.S. Lewis to Lemony Snicket” and “Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs.” He has also written resource books for Upstart Books, as well as two picture books. In addition, he writes regular columns on programming and children’s literature for LibrarySparks and Book Links magazines. He teaches courses on children’s and adolescent literature and a variety of library topics at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and conducts workshops throughout North America on ways to make literature come alive for children. His website is Rappin' Rob.

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