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BirdsPractice telling and retelling stories. Try looking at some of the birds outside and talk with your child about what they are doing and what they look like. Then try making up stories about the birds in your neighborhood. This will help your child later to talk about what is happening in books.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on March 9, 2015 Categories: Narrative

It’s Party Time!

Spot's Birthday PartyDevelop children’s print motivation by getting them excited about books. Through your enthusiasm and storytelling, children will be motivated to discover books with you and on their own. Have fun exploring Spot’s Birthday Party by Eric Hill with its entertaining flaps and playful pictures.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on February 23, 2015 Categories: Print Motivation

What Rhymes With “Snow?”


Take advantage of every opportunity to rhyme with your children even if the book does not have rhyming text. Pick out a word and brainstorm some rhyming words together. For instance, this book by Manya Stojic has just one word for a title: Snow. Can you think of some words that rhyme with “snow?”

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

By eemerick on February 16, 2015 Categories: Phonological Awareness

I Can Make Letters

101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young ChildrenLetter knowledge means knowing that letters are different from each other and that letters relate to sounds. Children learn through their senses, and they learn best by doing. Practice how different letters look, sound, and feel by making them out of things around the house—crayons, food, popsicle sticks, yarn, or even your bodies! Sing this song after each letter you make.

London Bridge Letters (to the tune of “London Bridges”)
I can make the letter __,
Letter __, letter ___,
I can make the letter __,
With my (crayons, sticks, yarn, body).

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on January 12, 2015 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Bubbles, Bubbles

Bubbles, BubblesDid you know that when children play with bubbles, they are learning visual tracking skills that help them follow print on a page? What a fun way to learn!

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By eemerick on December 29, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

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