Birth to Six
Award-winning read aloud book
Cover Art The Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award was recently awarded to Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower. What makes a good picture book for reading aloud? Here are a few of the tips offered by the award committee. The book should be:
*interactive
*humorous
*include rhythm, rhyme, and repeated phrases
*include engaging characters
*tell a good story!
Find out more about the Read Aloud award and discover past winners.
 
posted Jun 25, 2013 by Amy L.

Cure for the summertime blues
Looking for fun activities in your community this summer? Libraries across Hennepin County are offering storytimes for babies, toddlers and families, as well as a host of other interactive and engaging programs for the whole family. Check out events online or pick up a programming guide at your local library.
 
posted Jun 17, 2013 by Anne P.

Trailers for Minnesota picture books
Cover Art Planning a summer trip to the zoo? Why not enjoy the short and charming video for My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall? You can find book trailers for more favorites by Minnesota authors at the Children's Literature Network. Other titles include Can't Sleep Without Sheep and Swirl by Swirl.
 
posted Jun 13, 2013 by Amy L.

Parents as digital "media mentors"
Many experts agree that the best technology experiences for children include active participation with adults. Reading Rockets provides great tips on how you can connect with your children while they use technology. Apps and websites can provide a good early literacy boost by exposing children to new words and helping them learn about topics they are interested in. Check out Reading Rockets' guide to Educational Literacy Apps for specific recommendations for the top apps that promote early literacy skills including phonics and print awareness. For more information on how to enjoy technology with young children in ways that promote early literacy, visit our Tech Together page on Birth to Six.
 
posted Jun 4, 2013 by Amy L.


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