Crayola Creativity Week Day One – You Are Going

Creativity Week

January is considered International Creativity Month. In celebration, AASL partnered with Crayola to provide a week of sponsored activities in the last week of January. The first day of the Crayola Creativity Week features NASA astronauts with a focus on the Artemis mission. Day one features former NASA intern and Illustrator Shane Tolentino. Her beautifully illustrated book is free online! As children, many of us dreamed of Space travel. Here is the link for the Children’s book You Are Going. The book will be read aloud by NASA astronauts.NASA and Crayola Creativity

Classroom Connections

Monday, January 23, 2023, teachers and librarians can register for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex and Crayola prize pack. In addition to the sweepstakes, Crayola has provided “Think Sheets” to help students investigate their endless possibilities regarding future careers. The material explains that it takes around one thousand NASA employees to help just one astronaut make it to space. Also, Think Sheet 2 includes an interest and career web that shows NASA careers come in many forms. Another NASA resource is First Woman Graphic Novels and Interactive Experiences. In addition, Crayola supplies the U.S. Standards Alignment for Arts, Language Arts, and Social-Emotional Learning Standards. Finally, Kellyanne Burbage, School Librarian at Mitchell Elementary School, teaches an on-demand professional development titled NASA in the Library.

On A Personal Note – a freebie for educators

I was even more interested in space travel as a child because my grandfather had many stories about his work on the Saturn V rockets. And yet another connection, my school, The Webb School, has a family connection with James Webb of the Webb telescope. So, there are so many reasons I am excited about space! I have visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, but I have never been to the Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, Florida. As a bonus, in researching this Crayola / NASA collaboration, I found another freebie on the NASA site! Did you know The Educator Study Pass offers educators complimentary access to the Kennedy Space Center? I will take advantage of this perk in February and visit Kennedy Space Center.

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Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.



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