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Notes from Storytime

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

Raise a Reader

Every Child Ready to Read LogoThe secret to raising a reader is simple: make reading a regular part of your child’s world… and it’s never too early to start. Studies show that children who possess strong language and literacy skills are better prepared to learn in kindergarten than those who don’t. No one expects babies or toddlers to be able to read; early literacy means what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. There are six early literacy skills that you can practice to help prepare your child. (Read More)

Find a Good Book


Great books to share with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Early Literacy storytime Ideas Exchange from Hennepin County Library
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Early Readers

Did you know the books in our Early Readers collection are color-coded to help you guide your child through the steps from guided to independent reading?

PINK: Easy words, short sentences.
For readers who are able to read with considerable guidance.

BLUE: Simple words, longer sentences.
For readers who are able to read with some guidance.

PURPLE: More challenging words, longer stories.
For readers who are just beginning to read on their own.

GREEN: Fewer pictures, first chapter books.
For readers who are reading independently.

If you need assistance, please ask at the Youth Services Desk.

Kids’ Books-to-go!

Perfect for your book discussion groups, each bag will include multiple copies of popular fiction titles, as well as discussion questions and activities. Titles to watch for in this special collection: How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, The Watsons Go to Birmingham by C. Curtis, and more!


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