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Notes from Storytime

Duck, Duck, Goose

Duck, Duck, GooseWhen we play along with the storytime theme, by doing rhymes and songs that reinforce the books we read, we are helping to transfer the words, ideas, and energy of storytime into children’s lives. By making books and related activities fun, we are motivating children to want more. That’s print motivation! You can do this at home by reading a story to your child then doing another activity, like a song or rhyme, that is about the same thing.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on April 23, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

Read a Little Each Day

Where is Baby's Belly Button?Print motivation means being interested in and enjoying books. Find a board book to check out this week and share it with your baby each day, even if it’s just a page or two at a time. Try a board book with textures, or a lift-the–flap style, or one with baby animals or photos of babies, that you and your little one can look at and talk about just for fun. It’s okay if you only share part of it at first, but see if you can add a little more each time. Just remember to keep it fun!

–Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Childcare Liaison

By eemerick on February 20, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?In the book Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby? by Barney Saltzberg, Cornelius’s mother keeps telling him that his baby sibling is still too young to do things with him by saying, “No, not yet!” over and over again.  As you read with children, having them say a repeated phrase with you throughout the book helps to keep them involved in the story.  This is one way that you can support print motivation. 

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on November 28, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation

Nonfiction Fun

Life-Size ZooNonfiction books are a great alternative for children who aren’t as interested in fictional stories. The Library’s nonfiction books are not shelved with the picture books, but ask at the Youth Services desk and we would be happy to help you find books on topics that your child is interested in, such as firetrucks, outer space, dinosaurs, or sports. Choosing books based on children’s interests helps to motivate them to want to read.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on July 19, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation

Make Reading Interactive

Little PeaBooks that ask questions make reading interactive and keep kids interested in what will happen next. This builds print motivation, the enjoyment of books and reading. Children who like books find it easier to learn to read when the time comes. You can add your own questions to any book you are reading, from simple ones like, “What do you see in this picture?” and “What’s your favorite/ least favorite food?” to more complex ones such as, “How do you think [the character] is feeling?”  Be sure to pause after the questions and give your child time to respond. 

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on April 18, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation

Picture Book DVDs

Good Night, Gorilla

Young children love to hear the same story over and over again. It can get boring for you. Think of different ways you can talk about what is happening in the book or retell the story using objects. Another way to increase a child’s print motivation is to play a DVD or sound recording of a favorite story. The Library has many DVD versions of popular and classic children’s books.

 –Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant




By MPPL on February 6, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation

Keep Reading a Positive Experience

Miss Smith's Incredible StorybookYou may often hear the phrase “Read with your child for 15 or 20 minutes a day.” Some days your child may not want to sit still that long. It is more important that the interaction between you and your child be positive rather than long. Follow your child’s moods and interests when reading together. This will encourage print motivation.

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By MPPL on November 15, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation

Read and Play

Peek-a-booYou can help your baby develop print motivation by encouraging an interest in reading through positive, fun experiences with books.  One way to do this is by acting out parts of a story, such as playing peekaboo while reading the book, Peek-a-boo by Rosemary Wells.  Babies love this game.  Check out one of the Library’s other peekaboo books and have fun playing at home! 

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator


By MPPL on August 23, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation

Build Positive Interactions With Books

Peek-a-lovePrint motivation means being interested in and enjoying books.  Try keeping some books in with your baby or toddler’s other toys if you don’t already.  That way when they go to play they can also choose a book.  This is one way to build positive interactions with books and encourage print motivation.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on March 29, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation

Snip Snap! What’s That?

Snip Snap!: What's That?Read the book Snip Snap!: What’s That? by Mara Bergman with your little one.  Every time you ask, “Were the children scared?” your child gets to yell out, “You bet they were!”  Having your child say a repeated phrase with you throughout the book keeps him or her involved.  This is one way you support print motivation–making reading fun!

Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on January 5, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation