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Notes from Storytime

What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince

What Do Wheels Do All Day?Many young children love books about true things. Following your child’s interests helps develop print motivation—interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. We have non-fiction books for preschoolers on almost every topic, but they aren’t with the picture books; they are interfiled with the non-fiction books for older kids.

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on October 1, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around

Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not AroundKids love to talk about what they are wearing or doing. Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around by Claudia Rueda is a great story where the big bad wolf is getting dressed. You can name items of clothing and colors in the story with your child and talk about what the wolf is doing to help build vocabulary. Then do the same when your child is getting dressed. An expansive vocabulary will help your child later as they try to understand what they read.

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on September 17, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary


Overboard!One way to teach your child narrative skill is to read a book, such as Overboard! by Sarah Weeks, that has a repetitive refrain. If your child is talking, you might even want to have him or her say the refrain “overboard” with you as you read.

–Tip by Mary S., Head of Youth Services

By eemerick on September 3, 2012 Categories: Narrative

My Name Is Elizabeth!

My Name Is Elizabeth!Children actually start learning about letters before they even know the alphabet. Letter knowledge means knowing that letters are different from each other and that the same letter can look different ways (such as upper and lower case), as well as knowing that letters relate to sounds. Focus on the first letter in your child’s name—talk about its shape, how it looks in upper and lower case, and what sound(s) it makes. And remember to have fun!

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on August 20, 2012 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Encourage Writing

Bunny CakesIn the book Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells, writing is very important to the story. You can have your child draw pictures and “write” lists. As you walk or drive around, point out signs and read what they say. That is how your child will become aware that print is all around them. Writing can be very motivating. It helps children make the connection between the spoken and the written word. Encourage your children to write. You could begin by making a shopping list together the next time you go shopping.

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on August 6, 2012 Categories: Print Awareness

Baby’s First Words

First WordsPhonological awareness means learning about sounds in words. Even though young children do not understand the meanings of rhymes, it is important for them to hear them. By six months babies are already able to recognize the sounds of the languages they hear. They also are losing those sounds they don’t hear even though they were born able to learn to make them. Remember to talk to your children, read with them, and sing songs. All of these activities contribute to preparing children for school and reading later on.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on July 23, 2012 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Rah, Rah, Radishes!

Rah, Rah, Radishes!Try learning the names of flowers, trees and other plants in your yard, at the park, or in your neighborhood. Learning these names is a great way to expand your child’s vocabulary. The book Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre has lots of fun vegetable names to get you started.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on July 9, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary

Describe Things

All Sorts of ClothesPart of narrative skills is being able to describe things. For example, when you talk about the colors and shapes and textures of your child’s clothing, or what kinds of things your child’s toys do, it gives your child new words. Embellishing your descriptions of events of the day may help children recall an experience and the words associated with it. Researchers say participating in these activities will make it easier for your child when it comes time for formal reading instruction.

–Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Childcare Liaison

By eemerick on June 25, 2012 Categories: Narrative

Alphabet Books

Alphabet AnimalsMany alphabet books do not have a story that goes in order. When you share that kind of alphabet book with your child, you do not need to read it from beginning to end. Farms ABC: An Alphabet Book by B.A. Hoena and Alphabet Animals: A Slide-and-Peek Adventure by Suse MacDonald are two examples of alphabet books without stories. Let your child choose a page that looks interesting to him or her. Let them trace the letter with their fingers and talk about the letter and the pictures that go with it.

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on June 11, 2012 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Examples of Text in the Story

Guji GujiThe books Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen, The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett, and Foxy and Egg by Alex T. Smith each illustrate a use of text in everyday life, such as the characters reading a book or following a recipe. Point out these examples of text to your child as you’re reading! This helps children become aware of the print around them in their world.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on May 28, 2012 Categories: Print Awareness