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Notes from Storytime

Snip Snap!: What’s That?

Snip Snap!: What's That?Having your child say a repeating phrase with you throughout the book keeps him or her involved. For example, in Snip Snap!: What’s That? by Mara Bergman, each time you ask, “Were the children scared?” your child can answer, “You bet they were!” This is one way you support print motivation.

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

By eemerick on December 24, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

Snip Snap!: What’s That?

Snip Snap!: What's That?Having your child say a repeating phrase with you throughout the book keeps him or her involved. For example, in Snip Snap!: What’s That? by Mara Bergman, each time you ask, “Were the children scared?” your child can answer, “You bet they were!” This is one way you support print motivation.

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

By MPPL on Categories: Print Motivation

What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince

What Do Wheels Do All Day?Many young children love books about true things. Following your child’s interests helps develop print motivation—interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. We have non-fiction books for preschoolers on almost every topic, but they aren’t with the picture books; they are interfiled with the non-fiction books for older kids.

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By MPPL on October 1, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince

What Do Wheels Do All Day?Many young children love books about true things. Following your child’s interests helps develop print motivation—interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. We have non-fiction books for preschoolers on almost every topic, but they aren’t with the picture books; they are interfiled with the non-fiction books for older kids.

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on Categories: Print Motivation

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 MPPL on April 23, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

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 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

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 MPPL on 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