Birth to Six
How do you talk about that?
Cover Art This last week we had a tragedy in our neighborhood in which two school children lost their lives. At home we had some talks about it, and as usual I found myself wondering how much information is too much, and how much is just right. Some advice I've received and take to heart is that if you spend time talking about difficult things before they happen, your child will likely be better able to cope when they need it.

Often the first opportunity to talk about losing someone you love is the loss of a pet, as was the case in our house. Look for our book lists on the Birth to Six website for Helping Kids Cope, including one for coping with dying.
posted May 28, 2013 by Larry Longard

Princess boys and dinosaur girls
Cover Art A girl walked into the library the other day and exclaimed, "They put out the dinosaurs! Just for me!" A boy walked into the library a few weeks ago, made a bee-line for the dress-up clothes, and decked himself out in full gown and crown. Absolutely fabulous! At the library we love to help kids explore every dimension of their personality, and we especially love it when the library feels like it's just for them. Because, they're right! We hope you'll check out the play spaces at many of our libraries, and let your children fit right in. And of course, we have lots of delightful picture books about princesses and dinosaurs for all!
posted May 20, 2013 by Lisa S.

ELSIE gets a makeover!
Cover Art Over 10 years and 800 books strong, the very popular ELSIE page has gotten a makeover along with a new name: Star Books. If this is the first you're hearing of ELSIE, it is a collection of picture book reviews by Youth Services librarians. We've selected books that have something special to offer young readers, whether for their renowned writer, delightful rhyming text, or bright, colorful pictures. These are books that will get your child excited about reading and build early literacy skills to make reading a lifelong joy. Find your child's new favorite books at Star Books!
posted May 13, 2013 by Anne P.

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