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Importance of Reading to Babies

11 May

freestock_217914181As a former children’s librarian, I know the importance of reading aloud from birth. But, it’s nice to see that science backs up this knowledge with a new long-term study by the New York University School of Medicine. 250 mother-child pairs were monitored from when the babies were 6-months to 4 1/2 years old. They monitored how often mothers read to their children and how involved in the reading they were – did they talk about the pictures, ask their children questions, etc.

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Baby Shower Books – Version 2.0

6 May

I’m headed to, Jamie, my friend and fellow blogger’s baby shower today! If you’ve never checked out The Perpetual Page-Turner, go there now, I’ll wait. Also, check out The Broke & the Bookish, where Jamie is the creator and a contributor! Before I get into board books, I have to share how Jamie and I met. Continue reading

Jbrary – A Resource You Don’t Want To Miss

9 Dec

download.pngIf you’re a storytime librarian, a preK teacher, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparent, sibling, etc., you have to take some time to explore Jbrary’s website.  Jbrary is the brain child of two children’s librarians in Vancouver, British Columbia and it’s an absolutely amazing resource filled with books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and more.  And the best part is that they film the songs for their YouTube channel, making it so easy to learn (especially for tone-deaf librarians like myself!)

My own storytime has benefited greatly from the resources I’ve found on Jbrary. If you only try one new song in the next year – my kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fruit Salad (and Bananas Unite and See the Little Bunnies Sleeping and… you get the idea), basically everything I’ve tried my kids go crazy for!

And you need to stop by and see the 2016 Favorite Storytime Picture Books – all books published over the course of the past year that are tried and true books perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a larger group! What’s great is that there are books on this list for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school, so no one will feel left out! So take some time to check out this amazing resource that just might make life a little easier when planning storytime or sharing time with your favorite little ones!

Picture Book Month Theme: Babies/Kids

19 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte
  2. The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
  3. Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
  4. One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer
  5. You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan
  6. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
  7. Lol Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn
  8. Maple & Willow Together by Lori Nichols
  9. You Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker
  10. The New Small Person by Lauren Child

5 Early Literacy Practices Resources

19 Mar

ecrrThere are some amazing resources out there to help you promote or better understand the 5 Early Literacy Practices.

Almost every library you come across with some sort of information about early literacy practices, so I only put up a couple.  If you have other go-to resources, please share and I’ll add them to the list.  There is a considerable amount of research and content available about early literacy and it can definitely help teachers, librarians, parents and caregivers understand how very important early literacy is to small children.

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