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(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

8 Aug

back to school

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of “Back to School” and school-themed kids books. Here are a few of my favorite back to school stories to share with your kids! If you have other titles that you can’t live without, share them in the comments!

  1. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Daniel Jennewein
  2. Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist
  3. Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
  4. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  5. Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
  6. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
  7. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  8. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  9. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Early Literacy At Its Finest

6 Jul

There’s a great article on the School Library Journal’s website about the positive effects of storytime on young children. Storytime began in the late 1800s and has changed drastically over the years from a time when children were expected to sit quietly and listen to an adult read books to today’s version of storytime that includes a wide variety of actions, senses, books, songs, dances and more.

I don’t think any librarian out there would argue that storytime is unhelpful to children, but there have been few studies to show the actual effects storytime has on PreK children. I think children’s librarians are also hesitant to say they are experts in the field as many don’t have a child development background and feel uncomfortable telling parents what they should be doing at home. New studies show that being intentional at storytime about early literacy skills makes a difference. Honestly, many of the early literacy skills I’ve shared with parents and caregivers in the past are things they already do, I just give it a name and explain why it’s so important.

I found this article to a fascinating read and really enjoyed learning more about research being done in the public library field. I’d love to see more research focused not only on early literacy, but on public libraries in general. We do far more good than people realize and we need to make ourselves known.

Preschool Expo

26 Jan

This is one of those program ideas that doesn’t work for all communities, but is really beneficial for ours.  Our library is situated in a suburban community of about 30,000 residents.  We have 20+ childcare and preschool options for families and for the past few years, we partner with our local Mom’s Club to present a Preschool Expo for one evening where we invite as many centers as possible to fit in our meeting room.  We also bring in other community resources to share their materials with families.

Families get the chance to ask questions, meet teachers and directors and see what makes each school special. They can also learn about the latest in seat belt and car seat safety, the programs offered by our Parks & Rec department and this year for the first time we offered babysitting.

Our middle school volunteers and our children’s librarian pulled out crayons and paper, books and toys and were available to babysit to allow parents to spend the time they need to interview the schools of their choice with out their  little ones pulling on them and getting bored.

We used to offer this program every other year, but we feel it’s a valuable resources and we’ve just started offering it every year.  With 100 people in attendance last night, I think it was a great educational resource for families and a great way to connect the Mom’s Club and the library together!

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

30 Aug

Back-to-SchoolSo for my back to school Top Ten list, I went with not-so-typical back to school books – mainly focusing more on being yourself, gaining self-confidence and not making snap decisions about how people look; rather than your typical first day of school nerves.  So, without further ado…

  1. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  2. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  3. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. One by Kathryn Otoshi
  5. Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  6. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  7. You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
  8. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  9. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  10. My Teacher is A Monster! No, I Am Not. by Peter Brown

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Family Storytime Theme: Fire-Breathing Dragons

10 Jun

Family Storytime Theme- Fire-Breathing Dragons.jpg

Opening: Hello” with sign language
Hello, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say hello.

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

Early Literacy Tip: “Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.” – Mem Fox’s 10 Read-Aloud Commandments

Book 1: There Was an Old Dragon by Penny Parker Klostermann

Transition: “Five Little Ducks”
Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck called with a
“Quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came swimming back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…
One little duck…

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And the five little ducks came swimming back.

Wiggles:See the Little Bunny Sleeping
See the little bunnies sleeping
til it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them
with a merry tune
Oh, how still.
Are they ill?
Wake up soon!
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop

Book 2: Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen

Transition: “I Really Love to Dance” – Laurie Berkner Band, Buzz Buzz (with shaker eggs) 

Book 3: Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew

Closing:Goodbye” with sign language
Goodbye, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say goodbye.

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