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Notes from Storytime

What’s Happening in the Pictures?

Mama's Little BearsWhen you read Mama’s Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri, don’t just read the words but also talk about the pictures. Describe what is going on and leave time for your child to say something back. This interaction sets the stage for increased vocabulary and will help your child when it is time to read.

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

By eemerick on December 15, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Fractured Fairy Tales

Falling for RapunzelAs you read a story to your child, stop to discuss what is happening in the pictures and how they relate to the words of the story. When you ask your child questions about the story, give him or her time to think and answer you. By allowing time to process the story and retell what is happening, you will be practicing narrative skills. When you read different versions of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales, your child is learning different ways to tell stories.

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on December 1, 2014 Categories: Narrative

Froodle Sproodle

FroodleDo you ever make up nonsense words? The book Froodle by Antoinette Portis has tons of them! After you read the bird’s silly words in the story, play a game to make up some of your own! Phonological awareness involves understanding that words are made up of smaller sounds. When they have this skill, children are able to think about how words sound, separate from what they mean.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on November 17, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Can You Make a Scary Face?

Can You Make a Scary Face?Encourage the early literacy skill of print motivation by letting your child actively participate while you read to him or her. In Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas, your child has the opportunity to do all sorts of actions in this hilarious book.

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on November 3, 2014 Categories: Print Motivation

Looking at Letters

Dog's ABCAlphabet books can be a lot of fun! Don’t feel like you have to read the entire book with your child. Let him or her choose letters or pages to look at. Say the letter, sound, and word aloud. Especially show the letter that begins your child’s name. Letter knowledge is a pre-literacy skill that will help your child sound out words when learning to read.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on October 20, 2014 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Recognizing Numbers


Print awareness is recognizing that print has meaning. This can mean that children are able to identify words or numbers, even if they can’t read them or don’t know what they mean. You can use environmental print, or words that are part of our everyday life, to promote print awareness. Clocks are a great example of environmental print!

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on October 6, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Learning New Words

Who Stole the Veggies from the Veggie Patch?Share a story with your child that has unfamiliar words in it, such as Who Stole the Veggies from the Veggie Patch? by Precious McKenzie. Don’t replace the word “patch” but explain that it is the area around where the vegetables are growing, or another word for garden. This helps to expand your child’s vocabulary.

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

By eemerick on September 22, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Stories Without Words

Moo!Wordless and almost wordless picture books are a fun way to get your child talking and improve their narrative skills. In Moo! by David LaRochelle, the word “moo” is one of the only words in the book. The pictures make the story. Read this book and have your child interpret what is happening based on the pictures and your expressions of the word “moo.” For more books like this, do a keyword search for “stories without words” in the Library catalog.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on September 8, 2014 Categories: Narrative

There’s a Spider on the Floor, on the Floor…

Raffi's Top 10 Songs to ReadFind time to sing with your children this week. You may not realize it, but singing songs helps children hear words broken down into parts. This builds phonological awareness, which helps them later on when they have to sound out words.

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

By eemerick on August 25, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness

That’s What It’s All About!

The Croaky Pokey!A great place to start with print motivation is to use your child’s imagination and build from there. The book The Croaky Pokey by Ethan Long has the hokey pokey in a “froggy” style and will be sure to interest kids as they pretend to be frogs and do the actions in the book. Children will interact with the book in a positive way, which will encourage an enjoyment of books and reading.

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on August 11, 2014 Categories: Print Motivation