CHILDCARE AND DAYCARE DAYS
Any parent will tell you: early childhood educators are superheroes. They work in Childcare centres (CPEs) and daycares and play a crucial role in the life and general development of young children. Since 2016, the TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival organizes a yearly Childcare and Daycare day to highlight educators’ contribution to the growth and wellbeing of preschoolers.
We invite educators throughout Quebec to take part in theme-based days on social and educational issues that can be adapted to the very young. All the educator has to do is select a picture book from the daycare library, or from our suggested reading list, and read the children a story that deals with the day’s theme. Naturally, we’re always thrilled to get photographs and comments from their event!
Childcare centres and daycares that register for the event are automatically entered in a draw for 2 gift certificates worth $250 each, redeemable at an independent bookstore in their region. So far, Blue Metropolis has awarded the prize to happy winners in the Beauce, the Côte-Nord, the Lanaudière, the Montérégie, and the Lower St-Lawrence.
The following suggested reading list is meant primarily for educators. But it will also serve parents, grand-parents and any adult who is looking for a great picture book with which to share a moment of discovery with a little child.
In 2022-2023, two Childcare and Daycare Days are planned. The first event, held in French, occurred on November 25, 2022 and was about discovering numbers. The two winners were the CPE Tam Tam, installation 2 (Châteauguay) and the Garderie Les petits poussins bleus (Montreal). On April 21, 2023, we’ll introduce children to ecology and the environment.
BOOKS ON ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT
For Preschool Children
The Three Brothers, Marie-Louise Gay, Groundwood Books, 2020
Bee and Flea and the Compost Caper, Anna Humphrey, Owlkids Books, 2022
For Elementary School Children
Martin and the River, Jon-Erik Lappano, Groundwood Books, 2022
My Book of Butterflies, Geraldo Valerio, Groundwood Books, 2021
A Forest in the City, Andrea Curtis, Groundwood Books, 2020
City Streets Are for People, Andrea Curtis, Groundwood Books, 2022
Daphne’s Bees, Catherine Dempsey, Running the Got Publishers, 2022
An Earth-Bot’s Solution to Plastic Pollution, Russel Ayto, Kids Can Press, 2021
Rewilding, Anne Love and Jane Drake, Annick Press, 2017
BOOKS ON NUMERACY (IN FRENCH ONLY)
1, 2, 3 petits chats, Michel Van Zeveren, Éditions École des loisirs, 2007
Comme toi!, Geneviève Côté, 1, 2, 3 étoiles : je compte dans la nature, Anne-Sophie Baumann (texte) et Anne-Lise Boutin (illustrations), Éditions Rue du monde, 2012
Le triomphe du zéro, Gianni Rodari (texte) et Elena del Vento (illustrations), Éditions Circonflexe, 2012
Jour de chance, Nathalie Ferraris, Éditions de l’Isatis, 2017
Je compte avec les animaux du monde, Cathy Faucher, Éditions Goélette, 2020
Un gorille, Anthony Browne, Éditions Kaléidoscope, 2012
Les lapins savent compter, Bruno Heitz, Seuil jeunesse, 2006
Maman !, Mario Ramos, Éditions Pastel, 1999
Un petit nombre de rien du tout, Nathalie Sayac (texte) et Caroline Modeste (illustrations), Éditions Circonflexe, 2015
Une petite mesure de rien du tout, Nathalie Sayac (texte) et Caroline Modeste (illustrations), Éditions Circonflexe, 2015
Une petite forme géométrique de rien du tout, Nathalie Sayac (texte) et Caroline Modeste (illustrations), Éditions Circonflexe, 2017
Un petit calcul de rien du tout, Nathalie Sayac (texte) et Caroline Modeste (illustrations), Éditions Circonflexe, 2017
Un petit problème de rien du tout, Nathalie Sayac (texte) et Caroline Modeste (illustrations), Éditions Circonflexe, 2020
“YOUNG ECOLOGIST CLUB”
Younger generations’ environmental consciousness is sharper than ever.
Three charming stories for young people show it off.
Childhood isn’t always this idyllic stage of life. The sky can cloud over. A best friend moves away, a grandparent passes, a beloved family dog is put to sleep, classmates reject another… Children’s books offer a means of grappling with such realities, gently and with sensitivity. Tailored to age groups, picture books and novels for young readers can help parents open up a dialogue with their kids, and provide them with an ideal opportunity to express their fears, anxieties, and sadness. These works give parents a chance to find the right words, thanks to those of children’s authors, to reassure them. This Blue Metropolis platform provides reading and activity recommendations to bolster the emotional and mental well-being of children.
THANKS TO THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF OUR YOUTH SECTOR AND 2022-2023 EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS
MERCI AUX PARTENAIRES MAJEURS DE LA PROGRAMMATION POUR ENFANTS ET À CEUX DE NOS PROGRAMMES ÉDUCATIFS 2022-2023