FCCAM Book Discussion Groups

Through a grant from Maine Roads to Quality, in support of our Professional Learning work, FCCAM will continue to bringing our popular book discussion groups to our members for free. These training opportunities are available to support the continual growth of child care professionals in Maine. While our focus is family child care professionals, these trainings are welcome to both FCCAM members and non-members who work in child care.

Children’s Book Discussion Group

Each Children’s Book Discussion Group is FREE for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC. There is a $5 cost for non-members. Certificates for professional hours will be awarded. These hours are accepted by Maine licensing. The Children’s Book Discussion Groups will be starting up again Oct. 2019.

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

Anyone can access the resources that have also been gathered on FCCAM’s Pinterest boards. Expanded resources can be found throughout the Boards with pins specific to individual books under discussion being gathered in their own section under “FCCAM Book Discussions“.

Professional Book Discussion Group

The Professional Book Discussion Group is FREE for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC. There is a cost for non-members that covers the book and training certificate. There will be maximum of 6 professional hours, accepted by licensing, awarded for participation in all 3 of the discussion sessions.

To provide the best environment for an active online discussion we will again limit the group to 20 participants!   There will be a Registration deadline once the 3 work session, which will occur between school vacations in Feb and April, dates are settled.   

We are working to secure You Can’t Celebrate That! by Nadia Jaboneta for our Spring Professional Book Discussion. Be looking for future announcements once everything is in place.

You Can’t Celebrate That! goes beyond anti-bias activities and reveals the critical thinking and process that goes into social justice education. Jaboneta models the self-work we all need to do as anti-bias educators—­she is curious, reflective and takes risks as she engages the families and her colleagues into the dilemma.
– Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo, co-authors of Leading Anti-bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change

Nadia approaches her teaching with a set of values as her steady friend and guidepost and is a model to all of us, showing how true humility, honesty and openness can build bridges with families and co-workers and provide fertile soil for anti-bias education to blossom.
– Julie Bisson,Early Childhood Director and author of Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including Holidays in Early Childhood Programs

You Can’t Celebrate That! reinforces how important it is that we begin talking with children about race and racism at a young age. If it is our mission to prepare our students to live and succeed in our diverse and globalized world, our work begins here with intentional teaching about inclusion, equity, and identity.
– Gab Sussman, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Facilitator and Elementary School Teacher

For all our Book Discussion Groups registered participants receive a confirmation email with all the Zoom meeting information.

If you are not familiar with Zoom meetings, we are happy to assist you. Zoom is usable on computers, tablets, smartphones and by landline. You can find some simple tutorials on FCCAM’s website in the Tech Tool Help section. You can also email us at: fccamaine@gmail.com and we can arrange a trial run, or just answer additional questions.

Book Discussion Group Expectations

Each discussion group comes together to discuss and share knowledge that supports our important work expanding the learning of the children in our care.

Facilitator’s Role

  • Prepare in advance 
  • State objectives at the beginning of the event
  • Remind/ Review the Community Expectations
  • Guide the group in presenting and sharing information 
  • Provide closure and review next steps

Roles of Discussion Group Participants

  • Jointly share information and resources 
  • Ask questions

Meeting Expectations:

  • Start and end on time
  • What is said here, stays here
  • Mute your device when not talking, unless you are using a headset/headphone
  • Listen to others /One person talks at a time
  • All ideas are good ideas


  • Please do not discuss specifics about children and families you work with. 
  • It is also something we will practice when talking about our own learning and experiences while we are working and learning together.
  • Also remember that your colleagues may disclose personal information. Because we want everyone to feel comfortable, please don’t share it. This is good practice for keeping information confidential.