What’s Ahead for the Children’s Book Discussion Group?

Well, the first discussion is behind us. For this first discussion training the Professional Learning Committee would like to say Thank You to the many early childhood professionals from across family child care, centers and public schools that joined the discussion sharing their opinions, knowledge and experiences. This open sharing supports the work we all do.

For those that were not able to join us for the first discussion, don’t let that stop you from joining upcoming discussions.

Children’s Book Discussion Group!

2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

Participants are asked to be prepared to discuss the book(s); share activities that expand learning for children; and brainstorm additional ideas. Whether you join the discussion each month, or are in and out, professional relationships will be built through this sharing of knowledge and professional experiences.

The Professional Learning Committee structured the Children’s Book Discussion Group to consist of two types of discussions to be rotated monthly. We started the group off March 14th with a discussion driven from a focus book – Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman. Our next monthly discussion will be theme driven. For theme discussions participants are asked to come prepared to discuss any books they use within their program that align with the theme. Each discussion will be facilitated by a member of the Professional Learning Committee using Zoom conference call.

Let’s see what the schedule looks like for the next few months……..

April – Theme: The Farm

Think: the daily life found on a farm; gardening; animals; jobs; machinery….

May – Giraffe Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

June – Theme: Water

Think: weather; water habitats: river, ponds, lakes, ocean; jobs on the water; animals; transportation on water….

Participants need to join each monthly discussion separately by registering online. The individual links are provided below and will also be found each month on the FCCAM website and Facebook page. For non-members once registered an invoice for payment through Paypal will be sent.

Register for April 11th

Register for May 9th

Register for June 13th

Participants will have access to the resource links on the Pinterest board and Padlet that the PLC will be maintaining for each discussion.

Each monthly Children’s Book Discussion Group is FREE for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC. There is a $5 cost for non-members. Certificates for 2 professional hours will be awarded. These hours are accepted by Maine licensing.

We truly hope you are able to join some, if not all, of the monthly discussions.

As facilitators, the PLC will continue to improve the registration process, flow of the training itself and support in using Zoom.


Through a grant from Maine Roads to Quality, the Professional Learning Committee is excited to be able to provide this monthly training opportunity to providers.

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