School Library Month: Healthy Messaging Tips

Original Source: Healthy Kids Challenge Newsletter

HEAR – SEE – DO Learning

April is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) School Library Month. The 2017 Theme is Because School Libraries Empower Students. It is a time during which school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.

For more than 10 years, Healthy Kids Challenge has worked with a number of school librarians to empower students. During daily school activities, afterschool time and summer programs, librarians and books help build skills for healthy eating and physical activity choices.

HEAR – SEE – DO Activities

  • Send a healthy message by setting up a book display and bulletin board.
  • Connect a book with a healthy message. For healthy food choices: In the book below, More Blueberries, the twins love blueberries but there are so many other fruits! The message is “For variety eat fruits and veggies in a rainbow of colors.”
    • For physical activity: Fit kids move more with “Active Play”every day. Note: The following book list offers opportunities to incorporate plenty of activity through “pretending” and acting out the book characters’ movements.
  • Reinforce the healthy message.
    • For healthy food choices: Ask kids to think of other fruits and veggies that can be eaten for a rainbow of colors every day. (In some books, it may be appropriate to refer to a variety of foods in all food groups.) Have them draw and color fruits and veggies in a rainbow of colors.
    • For physical activity: Ask kids to think of active play they like to do. Have them draw and color their activity.

Examples of Books for Pre-K – 2nd Grade Students:

  • More Blueberries! by Susan Musgrave, 2015
  • I Love to Eat Fruits and Vegetables by Shelley Admont, 2014
  • Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayers, 2008
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, 2012
  • Boom Chicka Rock by John Archambault, 2004

In the library or classroom or at home, books empower!

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