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Notes from Storytime

The Human Alphabet


The Human AlphabetAt home, have silly fun trying to spell short words using only your body! This activity introduces the concept that words are made up of letters, and we use only 26 letters to form many different words. Take a look at the picture book The Human Alphabet by Pilobolus and see the entire alphabet created only by human bodies!

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Library Assistant


By eemerick on April 14, 2014 Categories: Letter Knowledge

The Order of Things

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and ToesActivities that follow a pattern or sequence help children to develop narrative skills because they must remember the order in which they happened. After doing a rhyme like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” ask your child what body part we touched first, second, and so on. Try this with other activities you do throughout the day that have a sequence, such as the steps you take to get to the Library.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator


By eemerick on March 31, 2014 Categories: Narrative

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

Snow Poems

It's Snowing! It's Snowing!The early literacy skill of phonological awareness focuses on having your child play with and have exposure to the small parts in words, as well as hearing the beginning sounds in words. Bring this skill to life by reading It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing!: Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky. The short poems feature silly word pairings and fun imagery that will allow you and your child to play with words.

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant


By eemerick on March 3, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness

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