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Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Book Love

13 Feb

Here’s a list of picture books that focus on love – perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any day you want to spread some love)!

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  1. Love by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

  2. That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Teagan White

  3. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

  4. No Matter What by Emma Dodd

  5. Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett

  6. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley

  7. Someday by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

  8. The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr

  9. Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena, illustrated by Blanca Gomez

  10. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.


Resource for Parents, Teachers, & Librarians: All the Wonders

18 Nov

From the All The Wonders’s website, “All The Wonders is a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways. It is an entertainment channel, a variety show, and a modern library all wrapped up into one digital home.”

If you haven’t checked it out, All the Wonders is LIVE! This new website is filled with resources for parent, teachers and librarians with not just articles, but storytime plans, videos, music, podcasts, interviews with authors and illustrators and crafts for kids.

The team that’s behind this amazing new resource includes Matthew Winner, an elementary school librarian who hosts the Let’s Get Busy podcast, that if you’re not listening to, stop everything and go do so now, along with a host of other amazing people who all believe in the importance of children’s literature including illustrators, musicians, web designers and more.

So, definitely take some time to explore this website and discover the amazing resources that it has to offer!

Raising Bookworms

30 Jul

Brightly, is a resource to help parents and caregivers raise lifelong readers.  Although partnered with Penguin Random House, Brightly provides book recommendations from all publishers for children (and adults) of all ages.  Check out their Ages & Stages section to find booklists for certain age levels as well as popular topics.  Tips & Advice offers just that, tips and advice for caregivers on just about everything from reading comprehension, to meeting illustrators through interviews, and more.  There’s even a great section for Grown-Up Reads because everyone knows that kids are more likely to read if they see their parents taking time to do so.  And the section marked “Just for Fun”?  Has lots of information, facts, and stories that are just for fun!

Brightly definitely offers parents/caregivers a great resource for new book ideas, how to encourage readers at all levels, and offers great recommendations for adults as well. Take a few minutes to explore – you won’t regret it!

Early Literacy Messages In Action

17 Jun

As children’s librarians we all know how important early literacy is to children’s development, but how we portray the significance to the parents and ardians in our community is just as important.  Jbrary.com is placing this important message in the forefront of children’s librarians this week with a round up of all the blog posts about this issue on Friday. If you’re interested check out #EarlyLitInAction to see what others have to say!

There are three major ways I try to talk with adults about the importance of early literacy.

1.) Storytime

If you’ve ever seen m storytime plans, I try to make a point of writhing up an “early literacy tip of the week” to share with parents during my storytime.  Sometimes it’s specific to a book or theme, sometimes it coincides with our songs, but I always try and make a point of repeating it at least twice during out storytime so parents are more likely  to remember it when they get home.

2.) Parent/Child Workshops

As part of the Family Place network, we provide a play workshop for children ages 1 – 3 and emir parents/caregivers.  The adults are always drawn to this program for the child development experts we bring in to answer their questions, but it’s just as impotent to highlight playing with toys, talking with children, and encouraging their imagination.  I had one mom notice that all the toys we have at the workshop do not require batteries, make no sound and have no lights. I was able to explain to her that toys that make children work (use their imagination) make play time more enjoyable and often later longer because kids engage with the toy rather than passively watch it.

3.) 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

I love our 1,000 Books log because sprinkled throughout are tips, games, and the reasoning behind early literacy practice for parents and caregivers to do at home.  These fun tips and tricks don’t require trips to the store for materials, rather it’s things that can be done on daily basis that fit into your regular schedule.

Early literacy doesn’t have to be something adults have to think about doing, it’s usually things they’re already doing, but now they understand why they do it.

Parent/Teacher Resources

27 Mar

ptAs a Family Place Library, we are tasked with having an up-to-date parent resource section located near our play area where parents can browse for books while their children are playing and not have to wander off to the adult department to do so.  We were gracious enough to receive a large donation a few years ago that enabled us to install some beautiful shelving along our windows that looks as though it’s been there forever and has given us valuable space for these books.  After having weeded this section a few years ago when we moved it, we just received word that our site visit is coming up in May.

Which means, I went back through our collection to weed it again and it’s amazing how pretty it looks now – there’s more space for the books, the books that are available look bright and new and our collection is now leaning much more towards parenting resources than teacher resources.  I think with access to the Internet (and Pinterest!) a lot of teachers don’t need to come into the library looking for crafts and projects related to their curriculum.

My next step is to re-label some of the books as many are labeled 649.1 (a general parenting number) and topics are spread throughout the collection.  My goal is to make sure all similar books are near each other making browsing much easier for parents.  Right now, some books about disabilities or in one place, others are a few shelves down, etc.

Once everything gets re-organized, I’m going to make sure we have enough resources for specific topics, we got a number of new books a few years ago and continue ordering books each year, but once we’re better organized we can see if we have any gaps that need to be filled.

I’m so proud of the work we’re doing in our department – we are cleaning things up, weeding old material, moving books to make it easier for patrons all the while continuing to provide quality programs for our patrons.

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