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Parents & Teachers

Nonfiction Fun

Life size zoo Nonfiction books are a great alternative for children who aren’t as interested in fictional stories. The Library's nonfiction books are not shelved with the picture books, but ask at the Youth Services desk and we would be happy to help you find books on topics that your child is interested in, such as firetrucks, outer space, dinosaurs, or sports. Choosing books based on children's interests helps to motivate them to want to read. 


–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By on July 19, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation

Make Reading Interactive

Little pea Books that ask questions make reading interactive and keep kids interested in what will happen next. This builds print motivation, the enjoyment of books and reading. Children who like books find it easier to learn to read when the time comes. You can add your own questions to any book you are reading, from simple ones like, “What do you see in this picture?” and “What’s your favorite/ least favorite food?” to more complex ones such as, “How do you think [the character] is feeling?”  Be sure to pause after the questions and give your child time to respond. 

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator


By on April 18, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation

Picture Book DVDs

Subway Mouse dvd Young children love to hear the same story over and over again. It can get boring for you. Think of different ways you can talk about what is happening in the book or retell the story using objects. Another way to increase a child’s print motivation is to play a DVD or sound recording of a favorite story. The Library has many DVD versions of popular and classic children’s books.

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


By on February 6, 2011 Categories: Print Motivation

Keep Reading a Positive Experience

Best time to read

You may often hear the phrase “Read with your child for 15 or 20 minutes a day.”  Some days your child may not want to sit still that long.  It is more important that the interaction between you and your child be positive rather than long.  Follow your child’s moods and interests when reading together.  This will encourage print motivation

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By on November 15, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation

Build Positive Interactions With Books

Print motivation means being interested in and enjoying books.  Try keeping some books in with your baby or toddler’s other toys if you don’t already.  That way when they go to play they can also choose a book.  This is one way to build positive interactions with books and encourage print motivation.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By on March 29, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation

Snip Snap! What’s That?

Snip snap Read the book Snip Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman with your little one.  Every time you ask, “Were the children scared?” your child gets to yell out, “You bet they were!”  Having your child say a repeated phrase with you throughout the book keeps him/her involved.  This is one way you support print motivation, making reading fun!

Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By on January 5, 2010 Categories: Print Motivation