Birth to Six
And then they broke into song
Cover Art One of the five early-literacy practices we promote at the Library is Sing Together. Singing allows children to hear the smaller sounds that make up words. And it can happen anywhere. For example, my diaper-changing repertoire includes "Baby put your onesie on 1-2-3" (to the tune of Mama's Little Baby) and the Hokey Pokey ("You put your right foot in", etc., etc..."Come on, shake it all about."). This powerful activity also makes a repetitive chore fun for you and relieves the stress some babies feel getting dressed after diaper changes. Check out these other Art and Music books.
posted Feb 24, 2014 by Larry L.

Cover Art Today at Family Storytime one little boy helped read his favorite book, Truck by Donald Crews. Each time I turned the page, he would point to the picture of the truck and yell, "Truck!" with the same amount of enthusiasm each time. It was a good reminder to me of what it's like to be with those early talkers. If you have such a child at your house, you know how challenging it can be to keep the conversation fresh. There are only so many times you want to say, "Yes, that's a truck." So here are a few tips we've learned in our journeys. Build your child's vocabulary by specifying-- "Yes, that's a truck. It's a cement mixer." Encourage their words by asking questions: "What color is the truck?" and "Where do you think the truck is going?" And, to help you on your journey with your truck or train-obsessed child, check out the Things That Go books!
posted Feb 17, 2014 by Lisa S.

Love is in the air
Cover Art Celebrate the love of friends and family with the Love is All Around book list. Children will also enjoy exploring the ups and downs of friendship with the fun and reassuring books on the Friendship book list.
posted Feb 14, 2014 by Amy L.

Celebrate Black History Month!
Cover Art February is Black History Month, a time for Americans to reflect on the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to our collective history. If you're looking for quality books about the African-American experience for your child, look no further than the Coretta Scott King Award.

Given annually, this literary award honors African-American writers and illustrators whose works "demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values." Our Birth to Six page has the complete list of winners from the picture book category, including the most recent winner that was announced last week. These stories will prompt your child to ask important questions, think about the world around them and realize that our similarities are far greater than our differences.
posted Feb 3, 2014 by Anne P.

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