Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Every Child Read to Read-Vocabulary

Vocabulary is knowing the names of things. This is a important pre-reading skill because learning the more words a child hears, the more they will able to understand what they are reading.  In reading, they will learn names of animals, things around the house, ways of moving, and so on.

Some tips for practicing vocabulary at home-
  • Talk to your child about what is going on around you. Talk about how things work, feelings and ideas. Listen when your child talks to you. 
  • Read to your child every day. Picture books are a good place to start ( they introduce a lot of " rare" words not used in every day conversation). Nonfiction books are good too, as way expanding a child's interest.

Here are some recommended books that are good for this skill ( please see  
http://www.lcplin.org/children/ecrr-vocab.htm )

Fancy Nancy- Jane O'Connor
Wiggle- Doreen Cronin
Edward the Emu- Sheena Knowles
Dinosnores- Kelly DiPucchio

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Upcoming programs of April

Here are some programs that will will happening next month in the Children's Dept at the Central Library. Please visit  "Library Events"  for more information and to register.

Storytime for 2 and 3 Year Olds- Monday, April 4 and April 18, 10 am-  Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose- Tuesday, April 5 and April 19, 10 am- Audience: Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

Storytime for 4 and 5 Year Olds-Tuesday April 12 and April 26 at 10 am or 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year old and caregiver

Gaming Night- Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm- Audience: 12- 17 years old.

Child Safety- Wednesday, April 6 at 6: 30 pm- Audience: All ages

GROSS!- Thursday, April 21at 4 pm- Audience: School age, grades K-5th

Hope to see you soon!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rest in Peace Little Eisbarbaby


So yesterday, while reading an article on Hunger Games's star Jennifer Lawrence, I saw one of the side headlines was that Knut the polar bear had died (  see http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20475069,00.html  for more information).  To honor the memory of German's  beloved Eisbarbaby  ( German for " polar bear cub"), I felt like mentioning a book I used about two year ago for a program on the animals of the North and South Poles.

 Knut: How One Little Bear Captivated the World introduces to the beginning of Knut. Born Dec 5, 2006 at Zoo Berlin, he and an unnamed twin were raised by  zoo keeper Thomas Dorflein ( October 13, 1963 –  September 22,2008) after being abandon by their mother.  Sadly, the twin died a few day later due to an infection, so Thomas took to raise the bear that the world would know as "Knut" ( and Thomas selected that name thirty-two days after his birth because he felt the bear fit that name).

Written by Craig Hatkoff and his daughters Juliana and Isabella ( who wrote the books about Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise), Knut features lovable pictures of the cub and "dad", from exchaging a kiss to  learning to swim, along with facts about polars bears, prounuciation of German words and terms,  and how to keep their environment safe from global warming.  If you love animals, especially polar bears, you'll love this

Knut: How One Little Bear Captivated the World
Ages: 6 and up
Lexile: 950
***** ( 5 stars)

 On a personal note, when I read parts of this book for a program on animals of the North and South Poles ( and a few school visits for the library's Read-a-thon program), the kids love it. They even thought he was still cute when I showed them what he looked like as a grown bear.  RIP Knut.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Every Child Ready to Read: Phonological Awareness

At the programs we librarians do for the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, we try to focus on one of the six pre-literacy  skills of Every Child to Read. Pre-literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually can read and write. For next Monday's 2- and 3-year old program, we will be focusing on Phonological Awareness, which is the ability to hear and play with the sounds of smaller words to sound out the words on the page. Obviously, the easiest  way is through rhyming. Rhymes, particulary nursery rhymes and songs present sounds or syllable in each word.

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds
Sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Fly away Jack. Fly away Jill
Come back Jack. Come back Jill.

Notice the "ill" in " hill" and " Jill" have the same sound.

Another place children learn about sounding out words in the syllables in their name. In our infant program, we do a game called " Rum-Tum-Tum" where we ask the children to tap out their name on the drum. This is easy to do at home by using an empty can ( such as a Quacker Oats can) and the following rhyme:
Rum-Tum Tum
This is my drum
Rum Tum Tum
This is my drum
My name is ( tap out name)
What your's? ( child taps out name.)

Again, you could also just play with the sounds in your child's name or find words that have the same rhyming pattern.

Here are  some recommended books ( for more information, visit http://www.lcplin.org/children/ecrr-Phono.htm)

  • Llama Llama Mad at Mama  -Anna  Dewdney
  •  Ten in the Den- John Bulter
  • Bless this Mouse-Dianna Hutts Aston
  • Goodnight Moon- Margaret W. Brown

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review-Snowmen All Year by Caralynn Buehner

With spring just a few days away, it is most likely that the tales of Frosty and Raymond Briggs's The Snowman will be sitting on our shelves until December. But what if there was a book about a snowman staying all year? In Snowmen all Year by Caralynn Buehner and illustrated by her husband, Mark Buehner (their  previous work includes Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas), a young boy wishes his snowman were magic and stay all year instead of melting at winter's end. What follows are whimsical and charming pictures of the boy and the snowman playing at the beach, watching fireworks, and trick-or-treating. The pictures are bright and kid-driven ( what kid wouldn't dream of playing chess while having slushies with a snowman?) and it's written in simple rhymes.  I'm actually thinking about using for next week's 2 and 3 year-old program as we say goodbye to winter and  welcome the sights and sounds of  spring.

Snowmen all Year by Caralynn Buehner
 Age level- 3 and up
Lexile:  750
Rating- ***** ( 5 stars)