As children get older, they begin to exhibit preferences for certain reading topics. Getting children involved in selecting books will create more excitement when it is time to read.
Preschoolers love to be part of the story. Pausing to ask for predictions, pausing to ask how characters feel in the book, or questioning why a character made a certain choice are all ways to get kids engaged in the story.
For more tips on how to make reading interactive, check out this website from Amanda Morgan, an early childhood educator and consultant.
StoryWalk® is a deconstructed picture book spread out along a path where you will find signs with pages of a book, each with fun activities to do together with children. As you stroll along the path, you’re directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson and developed with the help of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Vermont. We hope it encourages a love of reading, some physical activity, and a way to spend time together.
September 3-10: Sycamore Trails Park: Salsa by Jorge Argueta
September 11-18: Aspen Trails Park: Salsa by Jorge Argueta
September 16-23: 400-500 block of South Can-Dota Avenue: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin
Stay tuned for future locations for the Neighborhood Storywalk®.
Your friends Elephant and Piggie have missed you. Watch Miss Laura’s fun storytime in celebration of Pig Day and then don’t forget to check out some of your favorite Elephant and Piggie titles from the Library.
Books are an easy way to introduce your child to so many fun things such as taking a safari without ever leaving your home. First, read one or all of these titles: Yikes by Robert Florczak, Way Far Away on a Wild Safari by Jan Peck, and Starry Safari by Linda Ashman. Then encourage your child to do some of the activities they contain. Bake some animals cookies. If you don’t have fancy cookie cutters, your children can make their own shapes. Then have your children create their own wildlife park using their toys and stuffed animals. To top off the fun, learn about real animals by using your Mount Prospect Library card to log into PebbleGo to watch videos, listen to animal noises, and learn fun facts.
When selecting It Looks Like Spilt Milk to share during storytime, I was reminded how easy, but important it is to play simple, imaginative games with your children. Imaginative play helps children work out their own ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Try going outside and looking at the clouds with your children. Ask them what they see in the cloud shapes? You will be inspired by their creativity and ingenuity.