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Notes from Storytime

Books that “Pop”

Winter's Tale by Robert SabudaReading books that your child is interested in will help with print motivation. Pop-up books are a fun way to keep children engaged while reading. Check out the collection of pop-up titles you can read at the Library by the storytime room and DVDs.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on February 17, 2014 Categories: Print Motivation

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne BloomIn A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom, writing is part of the story. Pointing out print and the uses of writing will help your child become aware that print is all around us. That knowledge is part of the early literacy skill called print awareness.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on February 3, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Bright Baby Touch and Feel Series

Perfect PetsPrint motivation means being interested in and enjoying books. Books with flaps, textures, and pop-ups are especially fun for babies. If they enjoyed the book the first time you read it, read it again because they will be anticipating what comes next! The Bright Baby Touch and Feel series has several fun titles.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on January 20, 2014 Categories: Print Motivation

Stories in Rhyme

Duck in the Truck by Jez AlboroughDuck in a Truck by Jez Alborough is a great book for phonological awareness because it contains rhymes throughout the story. Rhyming is one way children can hear parts of words. While you share the book, ask your child to guess what the rhymes are. By turning this into a game, you are making learning phonological awareness fun!

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on January 6, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Retelling With Props

A Hat for Minerva LouiseUsing things you have around the house as props can help children internalize and understand what is happening in the story. This will help them be able to remember the events and to retell it, which builds narrative skills. In the book A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Minerva Louise finds objects around the farm that she tries to use as winter clothing. After reading the book, try retelling the story with props you find around the house. There are many simple children’s books and rhymes that can be told with props and puppets—see if you can find another one!

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on December 23, 2013 Categories: Narrative

Hidden Alphabet

The Hidden AlphabetReinforcing the early literacy skill of letter knowledge with your child can be as simple as pointing out letters as you read, drive, or shop. In the book Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, you’ll discover letters in BIG and interesting ways that connect each letter with its sound. See the balloons in the letter B? With fun lift-the-flap pages and all sorts of colors, you’ll want to read it more than once!

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on December 9, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

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


Peek-a-pet!Making animal sounds is so much fun! In the book Peek-a-Pet! by Marie Torres Cimarusti, children will have fun guessing the animal, opening the flap, and making the animal sounds. Animal sounds are a great way to develop phonological awareness skills that will help children sound out words when they are learning to read.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison


By eemerick on November 11, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Spot Goes to a Party

Spot Goes to a PartyIn the book Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill, you can tell when the character is talking because it is written in a speech bubble. Point to the words they are saying as you read them. This helps your child understand that you are reading the text and helps develop print awareness.

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


By eemerick on October 28, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Here We Go Again…

Hooray for Thomas!Fostering a child’s interest and enjoyment of books and reading is called print motivation and is one of the early literacy skills. Letting a child pick a book to read helps promote this skill. Children frequently will pick a favorite story to read over and over and over again. It’s only natural that you would get tired of it. Remember that children learn by repetition though, and it is important for them to have positive experiences with books. Perhaps that can help as you read your child’s favorite book yet again.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on October 14, 2013 Categories: Print Motivation