Birth to Six
Community Helpers and Classroom Readalouds
Cover Art Do you know about Hennepin County Library's Book Lists page for young children and their caregivers? Youth Services Librarians gather titles we feel are the best for various circumstances.

We have a few new lists, including Classroom Read-Alouds, for parents called upon to read a winning book to your child's preschool to grade 1 classroom.

There is also a list that has been remamed and revamped called Community Helpers, which is useful for the preschool classroom that is preparing for a visit to the fire station, police station, etc.

Check out these and all of our book lists on the Birth to Six web page.
posted Jul 29, 2013 by Larry Longard

What are the best apps?
If you choose to use apps with your children, deciding which ones to use can be overwhelming. Common Sense Media is a trusted source that reviews many apps for children of different ages. They even have a free app that you can download to get ratings and reviews of apps, movies, TV shows and more.
posted Jul 25, 2013 by Amy L.

How do I find Dora?
Cover Art Is your child a Dora the Explorer fanatic? If so, you've probably noticed that the Dora books are not in one place and, as a result, they're pretty hard to track down! How can you search the catalog to find Dora?

On the catalog homepage, you will type in the keyword search box (second box down) instead of the "starts with" box. Type in Dora the Explorer. When you get to the results page, you will see all kinds of materials related to Dora. Items with the dark blue dot are checked in at your home library. You can learn more about each item by clicking on the title.

Still confused? Ask your local librarian! He or she can show you step by step how to search the catalog for Dora, Thomas the Tank Engine and other popular characters.
posted Jul 15, 2013 by Anne P.

A field trip through books
Cover Art Everyone likes to make summer reading lists, including National Public Radio. Recently, NPR contributor Mara Alpert shared a list of books that will send kids exploring. These engaging picture books will inspire young children's imagination and encourage them to be curious about the world around them. Make sure to ask children lots of questions as you share these books together. Visit NPR's website to see the complete list.
posted Jul 9, 2013 by Amy L.

Shake, rattle, and roll
Cover Art All the rain this spring has made it difficult to get out and get some exercise, and it's not doing our waistlines or energy levels any good. So we've decided to incorporate a little more exercise into our daily routine. To keep our little jazzercisers interested, we've been looking at the library for some good get-up-and-move music.
Most recently we've checked out Lisa Loeb's Songs for Movin' and Shakin'. Other great action songs for kids can be found on library CD's from Laurie Berkner, MacPhail Center for Music, and the Teddy Bear Band, and so many others. And our all-time favorite dance number is Cake's version of the Mahna Mahna song (yes from the Muppets) on For the Kids.
Got your music? Okay, now let's work it. One and two and three and four; one and two and...
posted Jul 1, 2013 by Larry Longard

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