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Notes from Storytime

Books are Conversation Starters

I Like BugsOnce in a while, instead of reading the text in a board book as it is written, use the text in the book as a conversation starter. Adding new words that your child might not otherwise hear can be a great way to help his or her vocabulary grow. Good readers know lots of words!

–Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Childcare Liaison

By eemerick on July 17, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

One Gorilla

syndetics-lcBy using specific names for things, you help your child learn new words and understand subtle differences between similar things, which increases vocabulary. In the fun counting book One Gorilla by Anthony Browne, the author uses beautiful pictures to depict various primates. Your child will learn the specific names of some similar animals!

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison


By eemerick on March 17, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Again and Again

Again! by Emily GravettYou may find that when your children like a book, they will want to hear it over and over again. Repetition helps children to better understand the plot of the story, and also the individual words in the story. Try pointing out different words or pictures each time you read the story. This helps to build children’s vocabulary.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on November 27, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Under My Hood I Have a Hat

Under My Hood I Have a HatEven in a fairly simple story like Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, there are words that we don’t use in everyday conversation. Even if you don’t talk about the meaning of all these words as you read, your child hears the words in the story and gets an idea of what they mean from hearing the story and from the pictures. This helps build vocabulary.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on September 2, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Hey Diddle, DiddleBooks include many rare words that your child may not have heard before. Don’t skip over them; go ahead and use the words that are unfamiliar to your child. When children grow up hearing lots and lots of words, they are more prepared when it comes time to learn to read. The book Hey Diddle, Diddle by Eve Bunting names many musical instruments. You can see what each of them looks like in the pictures.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on April 29, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Vocabulary in Rhymes

My First Nursery RhymesNursery rhymes expose children to words and rhymes that are not used in everyday conversations. Researchers have found that children who know rhymes find it easier to learn to read. Say rhymes with your child at home as you go about the day. It can be as simple as repeating familiar ones like those we do in storytime, or you can try making up your own rhymes.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on January 7, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

All Mixed Up

Fall Mixed UpFall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka is a great book for practicing vocabulary because there are “mistakes” on every page, which are both in the words and in the illustrations. Kids should be able to recognize what is wrong and figure out how to fix it. You can read the book through once without stopping (and wait for the kids to start telling you what is wrong), and then go back through and “correct” the mistakes. Reviewing the parts of the story will reinforce vocabulary.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on October 29, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary

Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around

Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not AroundKids love to talk about what they are wearing or doing. Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around by Claudia Rueda is a great story where the big bad wolf is getting dressed. You can name items of clothing and colors in the story with your child and talk about what the wolf is doing to help build vocabulary. Then do the same when your child is getting dressed. An expansive vocabulary will help your child later as they try to understand what they read.

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on September 17, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary

Rah, Rah, Radishes!

Rah, Rah, Radishes!Try learning the names of flowers, trees and other plants in your yard, at the park, or in your neighborhood. Learning these names is a great way to expand your child’s vocabulary. The book Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre has lots of fun vegetable names to get you started.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on July 9, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary

Zorina Ballerina

Zorina BallerinaYou can help your child understand words they that they may not know by offering a little explanation as you go along. If you prefer, you can explain these words before you start the book. Research notes that the more words your children know and understand, the more vocabulary they have, the easier it will be for them when they begin to read. When you read Zorina Ballerina by Enzo Giannini, be sure to explain the definitions of words like “glamorous,” “rehearsal,” and “caravan” to your child as you read.

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on April 30, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary