Author Archive for Casey

Tuesday, Sep 5, 2023

Iowa City is bustling with students once again. The annual flux from one apartment or dorm to another, complete with the obligatory week of couch surfing, has finally passed, making way for the start of classes, football, and pumpkin spice seasons. As you start the school year, settle into the new fall routine, and discover which back-to-school essentials will prove most useful, I want to remind you of another annual tradition.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Have you ever come to the children's desk and asked, "Where can I find the level 1 books?" or "Where are your books with a Lexile number of...." and received a roundabout answer?  Leveled reading is a dominant educational structure within which most caregivers and children learning to read will find themselves functioning. Leveling books can be a helpful tool for finding books that children can read independently or "just right" reads, but it is just that, a guideline, not a hard and fast rule.

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020

We at ICPL are excited to announce a change in our collection of children's Read-Along titles: audio enabled books, from VOX Books and WonderBooks! Audio enabled books are a technology update to the classic "turn the page" read-alongs that featured compact discs previously. They look just like regular hardcover books, except they have an attached digital listening device on the inside of the front cover.

Monday, Nov 2, 2020

Celebrate Picture Book Month with ICPL this November!  

Friday, Jun 26, 2020

We at ICPL are excited to announce a new ongoing reading program,

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019

I hear the leveling question often during the summer months, so I thought this information would be useful to repost. Have you ever come to the children's desk and asked "Where can I find the level 1 books?" or "Where are your books with a Lexile...

Friday, Jan 25, 2019

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read all about the Mock Awards cycle at ICPL, and everyone who cast a vote in this year's Mock Youth Media Awards! Please be sure to check back here on Monday January, 28th as we will be...

Friday, Jan 18, 2019

The last of ICPL's 2019 Mock Caldecott titles is "Stop that Yawn" , written by Caron Levis and illustrated by LeUyen Pham . From the outset of this title it is clear that this is not your ordinary, quiet bedtime tale. Gabby Wild's story starts on...

Friday, Jan 11, 2019

This week we are taking a look at Raúl Colón’s wordless title, 'Imagine' . Following a young boy as he travels to and through the Museum of Modern Art , 'Imagine' is a visual fantasy tour of New York and of individual creativity. The book opens...

Friday, Jan 4, 2019

This week's mock Caldecott title is Yuyi Morales's "Dreamers" . Part memoir, part ode to reading, books, and libraries--I've been casually referring to this one with other staff as 'medal bait' with good reason. In telling us her own immigration...

About Casey

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Casey buys books for ICPL's youngest readers. However, she enjoys reading books of all shapes and sizes. You can find her at the Children's Desk, out and about at one of our area preschools, or providing in-house programming like StoryJAM.