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Building Bridges Behind Bars

NYLA 2018 Annual Conference Presentation Randall Enos, Youth Services Consultant for Ramapo Catskill Library System

Building Bridges with Books Presentation at NYLA 2018

On November 9, 2018, Randy presented Building Bridges with Books at the Annual NYLA Conference. Here is his lineup of subjects:


  • to break the cycle of incarceration and low literacy
  • to educate parents to become their child's first teacher
  • to instruct parents in the use of children's books to teach the children in their lives
  • to make personal connections with the children during the period of incarceration
  • to provide a respite from the stress of prison life


Statement on Research

Resources: Click on a Resource to go to tab with lists and links

 Sharing Wordless Picture Books / Your Guide to Reading a Wordless Book

  Graphic Novels for Young Kids

 Getting the Most Out of Nonfiction Reading Time

 How to Choose Read Aloud Books: Babies to Third Grade

 Why is it important for me to read aloud to my child?

 Tips for Incarcerated Parents / Consejos para padres encarcelados

 ALA Notable Children's Books

 Lisa Libraries


More Booklists - General

Babies Need Words Every Day

 100 Children's Books that Belong in Every Library


More Booklists - Specific

 List of Children's Books dealing with incarceration

 National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated


Children of Incarcerated Parents / Recommended Reading / Barnard Center for Research on Women

Resources for Children of Prisoners

Links to Additional Resources for Children with an Incarcerated Parent



 Read-to-Me Program (Indiana)

 Another Book, Another Month, Another Day Closer to You

 Prison Parenting Programs: Resources for Parenting Instructors in Prisons and Jails

 National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated: Children & Incarcerated Parent Library

 Tips for Inspiring Your Kids to Enjoy Reading