Children’s Programming Ideas

Princess Tea“Book-elation: Ideas for Creating Children’s Programming” was a series of programs presented at the annual ILA Conferences in 2008-2010. Programming ideas to celebrate 2009-2011 anniversaries were presented by the panel of Mary Adamowski (Orland Park Public Library), Amber Creger (Chicago Public Library), Portia Latalladi (Chicago Public Library), and Mary G. Marshall (Addison Public Library). Although the programs were originally created to celebrate specific book anniversaries or events, these programming ideas (including games, crafts, stories, and activities) are appropriate for many other family and children’s programs. Topics and the programming ideas are included below:

Book-elation 2009

American Girl Tea

Baseball: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Candy Land

Celebrate Eric Carle’s Birthday

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlotte’s Web

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Donald Sobol

Earth Day

Have Pants, Will Travel: Celebrating the Birthday of Ann Brashares

Jan Brett

I Spy



Lois Ehlert


Marc Brown

Mem Fox


Polar Express

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Sesame Street

Tomie DePaola

Vamping with Vamps

Walking on the Moon

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Winnie the Pooh

Wizard of Oz


At Home on the Prairie

Celebrating Superheros (DC Comics 75th Anniversary)


Elvis is in the Library

Fancy Nancy

Frog & Toad

Happy Birthday

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

It’s Raining Pasta!

Jammin’ In Our Jammies

Margaret Wise Brown

Math Curse

Paul Galdone

Snoopy & His Peanuts Friends

Sue Is Dino-mite!

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble


More Book-elation 2011 Intro


Beatrix Potter

Belpre Awards

Bourgeois (Franklin the Turtle)

Chris Van Allsburg

Delectable Tidbits: National Sandwich Day

Donut Day

Go, Dog. Go!

Hat Day

Light in the Attic

Make Way for Ducklings

Mother Goose Day


Puzzle Day

Read to Your Child

R. L. Stine

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