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Notes from Storytime

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

C is for Crocodile

Clarabella's TeethHave your child make a letter “c” with his or her arms. After reading Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut, go on a letter scavenger hunt. How many times can you find the letter “c” in this book?

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By eemerick on September 30, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge


The Best Pet EverReading and telling stories to your child is very important. But don’t just stop there! It is also important that children understand what is going on in the story. This is known as narrative skills, and it will help your children all throughout their lives as they read and learn. During a story, ask your child about what is going on in the story and/or the pictures. After reading, help your child retell the story. Using props from around the house can be a fun way to do that.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator


By eemerick on September 16, 2013 Categories: Narrative

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


Sneak-a-peek-a-boo! Where's My Bear?Books with textures, flaps, and pop-ups are especially fun for babies. If they enjoyed it the first time you read it, read it again! Your enthusiasm while reading will help maintain their attention and make reading a truly special time for everyone!

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison


By eemerick on August 19, 2013 Categories: Print Motivation

Monkey and Me

Monkey and MeShowing children letters based on subjects they like follows their interest. They are more likely to remember the letter that way than if you drill them. The book Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett has a monkey on the cover, an animal that is usually popular among children. Point out the letter “M” and say its name and sound.

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


By eemerick on August 5, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Bright Stanley

Bright StanleyPrint awareness is learning that print has meaning and that words represent real things. Children like books that have pictures of objects that are familiar to them. In the book Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham, while Stanley may swim in the ocean, he is a fish, something that many children are familiar with. When you read this book, talk about fish and where you see them in real like (like in the fish tank at the Library). By doing this, you are showing children that pictures represent real things.

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on July 22, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness