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Notes from Storytime

Stinky Cake by Carole Peterson

Stinky CakeRhymes are fun to sing and say with your child. Singing rhymes also helps your child hear words being broken up into smaller sounds, which is part of phonological awareness. Try singing “Icky Sticky and Ooey Gooey” from the CD Stinky Cake by Carole Peterson. This song lets you guess the rhyming word coming up in the song. You can even try to make up new verses at home just by finding words that rhyme!

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on June 24, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Baby Bear’s Books

Baby Bear's BooksBy focusing on their interests, children will remember alphabet letters more than if you drill them. In the book Baby Bear’s Books by Jane Yolen, Baby Bear is interested in books and being read to by his parents. What is your child interested in? Read a book about it!

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on June 10, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Big Books

Where's My Teddy?Print motivation is the early literacy skill that involves getting children interested in and excited about books and reading. The Library has a selection of Big Books, such as Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough, which can get children excited to see the HUGE pictures as you read the story to them! Some of the books may even be bigger than your child!

–Tip by Carol C., Library Assistant

By eemerick on May 27, 2013 Categories: Print Motivation

Using Props

PuppyChoose a prop (picture, plush toy, empty cereal box) of something familiar that is pictured in a book. If there’s a puppy, help your child hold a plush puppy while you share additional information about a puppy. By giving your children more words, they will begin to learn more words to describe things in detail. This helps your child develop narrative skills important for learning to read later on.

–Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Childcare Liaison

By eemerick on May 13, 2013 Categories: Narrative

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Hey Diddle, DiddleBooks include many rare words that your child may not have heard before. Don’t skip over them; go ahead and use the words that are unfamiliar to your child. When children grow up hearing lots and lots of words, they are more prepared when it comes time to learn to read. The book Hey Diddle, Diddle by Eve Bunting names many musical instruments. You can see what each of them looks like in the pictures.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on April 29, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Print Awareness

Lola at the LibraryBefore children can learn to read, they need to know how to handle a book. This involves knowing how to turn the pages, as well as understanding that what you read is the text on the page and not the pictures. Call attention to these things as you are reading, without getting in the way of the story too much. This is called print awareness.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on April 16, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Dancing Feet

Dancing FeetSinging songs with your child is a great way to teach them the early literacy skill of phonological awareness. When we sing, we are focusing on the sounds each part of a word makes rather than what the word means. Pop in a CD such as Carole Peterson’s Dancing Feet and children can dance and sing their way to reading!

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant


By eemerick on April 1, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Z is for Moose

Z is for MooseAlphabet books are a great way to help your child with letter knowledge. Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham is a particularly fun book! Zebra is directing all of the objects as they appear in this alphabet book, but he forgets about Moose. Moose decides this is not going to work and tries to appear on as many pages as possible. As you read this story to your child, talk about all the letters you see and the sounds they make.

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


By eemerick on March 18, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Play Your Way to Reading

I Spy With My Little EyeIn the book I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs, you can play an “I Spy” game. This is a simple, fun game you can play anytime, anywhere. When we play with the ideas that we find in a book, we are helping to make the story part of a child’s life. This supports print motivation, which is an interest in and enjoyment of books and reading and is one of the six early literacy skills.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator


By eemerick on March 4, 2013 Categories: Print Motivation

Boom Bah!

Boom Bah!Part of phonological awareness is recognizing sounds and breaking words apart into the smaller sounds in them. Onomatopoeia is a great way to help children hear different sounds in words. The sound words in stories like Boom Bah! by Phil Cummings help build phonological awareness. After you finish reading the story, you could make your own band and play with the different sounds you can make. Not only will your child have fun making music, he or she will build early literacy skills!

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on February 21, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness