Circle Round is a storytelling podcast geared to children aged 4–10. Created and produced by parents of young children, Circle Round tells carefully selected folktales from around the world. The stories are adapted for today’s children into 10- to 20-minute diverse episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity. For example, in “The Queen’s Gift”—a story from Africa, the Middle East, and the Caucasus—a prince's newfound weaving skills come in handier than he ever imagined. In the Galician folktale “The Dancing Goats,” an aspiring musician dreams of making the whole world dance. Notable voices bring the stories to life with the help of a public radio host/reporter as narrator. A composer for the stage and screen creates original music for each story. The episodes are adapted and written specifically for Circle Round.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
The Library of Congress has launched an online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.