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  • A beagle puppy stands on a small barrel in a field of flowers, smelling a buttercup.

    Spring

    Many people think that Spring is the best time of year. Nature awakes, and there is a wonderful smell in the air.

    It is also a great time to study plants and animals, and to answer students' questions about nature. Students are our most precious natural resource, and DCMP helps provide learning nourishment through our free-loan accessible media.

    Don't miss our Spring titles and make these last few weeks of school a growing time.

  • Monet's painting 'water lilies' with the words April National Poetry Month.

    April is National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, and to our complex poetic heritage.

    DCMP can help with media related to famous poets such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and William Wordsworth. We also have poetry in ASL by deaf poet Peter Cook, a profile of legendary deaf literature professor Robert Panara, and many more!

  • A grocery shopper holds a bag of organic lettuce in the produce aisle.

    Earth Day (April 22)

    Eco=Kids: The Earth Needs Your Help discusses some of the biggest problems facing the environment today. Eco=Kids: Things You Can Do explains how to become “power police,” put a stop to the wasteful things people do every day, and promote the use of “green power.” Eco=Kids: How “Eco” Are You? outlines how to conduct an eco-investigation of homes, schools, and communities. These DCMP titles are described and captioned.

  • Blue Ribbon with words Stop Child Abuse. Illustration of stained glass window with adult and child holding hands.

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect, and we know that child abuse cases are vastly underreported.
    Importantly, research establishes that the risk of violence to children with disabilities is routinely 3 to 4 times higher than that of non-disabled children. This month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children. DCMP has terrific resources for your use.

    » Child Abuse and Neglect Flyer [PDF]

    » Tip Sheet: What Should You Do if Your Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child is Bullied?

    » Tip Sheet: What Should You Do if Your Blind or Visually Impaired Child is Bullied?

    Also, check out the Child Welfare Information Gateway and the 2014 Prevention Resource Guide from the Children's Bureau on child abuse and neglect.

New Media Releases

  • Image from Moko: The Disappearing Sea

    Moko: The Disappearing Sea - 2008 - 5 minutes

    Moko is an explorer. As he travels the world continent by continent, he makes many friends and discovers many natural phenomena which sometimes delight him, and other times scare him. Each animated episode recounts an adventure and takes an “original story” approach to explaining these natural phenomena. In this episode, as they drift away from the iceberg and are throwing their fishing nets, Moko and Alarick's boat is surrounded by a thick fog. Moko thinks this is smoke and that there must be fire. He cannot even see his friend, just hears his voice telling him that a sudden fog on the ocean can last for a long time and that only patience will save them. Moko thinks that he should not have thrown his net so soon and that the ocean is blindfolding them so they won't see which way it is taking them. Gliding along, they hear some strange sounds and see bizarre shapes in the mist. Alarick begins to play his flute and the fog begins to thin. They discover a lovely bay, sheltered from the wind, ideal for fishing. Moko is filled with admiration for his friend who knew how to tame the ocean.

  • Image from Moko: The Floating Boulder

    Moko: The Floating Boulder - 2008 - 5 minutes

    Moko is an explorer. As he travels the world continent by continent, he makes many friends and discovers many natural phenomena which sometimes delight him, and other times scare him. Each animated episode recounts an adventure and takes an “original story” approach to explaining these natural phenomena. In this episode, one morning, Alarick and Moko head into the sea to go fishing. They take a small boat and anchor in the shadow of a great boulder of ice to protect them from the wind. When they wake up they don't recognize their surroundings. The ice boulder is drifting along the waves and is dragging their boat along with it. Moko is confident the ocean is showing them where there will be more fish for them to bring back to the village.

  • Image from Moko: The Snow's Fury

    Moko: The Snow's Fury - 2008 - 5 minutes

    Moko is an explorer. As he travels the world continent by continent, he makes many friends and discovers many natural phenomena which sometimes delight him, and other times scare him. Each animated episode recounts an adventure and takes an “original story” approach to explaining these natural phenomena. In this episode, Moko and Alarick are heading back towards the village, their boat filled with fish. They moor their boat and start walking in the direction of the village. As they round the mountain they finally see the rooftops of the approaching village. Moko yells out in joy. Suddenly, a cloud of snow appears to be tumbling down the mountain like a galloping horse. Alarick and Moko take shelter under a large boulder. As the avalanche hits with all of its fury, Alarick pleads with the mountain to forgive Moko for his outburst, and it is once again calm. Moko promises to be quiet from now on and thanks his friend for reasoning with the mountain.

  • Image from Moko: The Song Of The Dunes

    Moko: The Song Of The Dunes - 2008 - 5 minutes

    Moko is an explorer. As he travels the world continent by continent, he makes many friends and discovers many natural phenomena which sometimes delight him, and other times scare him. Each animated episode recounts an adventure and takes an “original story” approach to explaining these natural phenomena. In this episode, Moko and Mei-Lei suddenly hear a continuous sound coming from beyond the beach. As they approach the hills, the sound gets louder and Mei-Lei is more frightened, so Moko decides to go around the dune on his own. As he does so, the sound changes and becomes more of a song. Moko returns and tells Mei-Lei that it is the sand and the ground singing together. Moko thinks that the magical dune is urging him to go on with his travels and he knows that this is likely his last day in the village.

  • Image from Moko: The Song Of The Mountains

    Moko: The Song Of The Mountains - 2008 - 5 minutes

    Moko is an explorer. As he travels the world continent by continent, he makes many friends and discovers many natural phenomena which sometimes delight him, and other times scare him. Each animated episode recounts an adventure and takes an “original story” approach to explaining these natural phenomena. In this episode, Moko and Mei-Lei are resting as the day is fading. Suddenly, they hear a strange sound coming from behind the mountain that resonates throughout the village. The two friends go off to find the source of this strange sound and what they see surprises them. Two men are blowing into what look like long horns while others walk along with them and sing. They head back towards their village, confident that they have witnessed another secret mystery.

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