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#blogbookaday: Lexie the Word Wrangler

13 Mar

31019568.jpgSummary:  “Lexie is the best wrangler west of the Mississippi, word wrangler, that is. She watches over baby letters while they grow into words and ties shorter words together into longer ones; she herds words into sentences, hitches sentences together, and pens them all in to tell a story. But lately, something seems off at the ranch. First the “d” goes missing from her “bandana,” leaving her with a “banana” to tie around her neck, and soon afterward every “S-T-A-R” in the sky turns into “R-A-T-S.” There’s no doubt about it there’s a word rustler causing this ruckus, and Lexie plans to track him down.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is an adorable story of wordplay set on a ranch filled with cattle, lariats, boots, hats and, of course, a cowgirl. Lexie is the best word wrangler around – raising baby words, putting words together and creating stories, but when a word rustler starts making trouble, all of Lexie’s hard work may be for naught.

Personal Reaction: Since I reviewed a numbers book yesterday, I thought it was appropriate to share this book today – as I said yesterday, I love picture books that use wordplay to make them fun for kids and adults to read together. This would be a fun story to read and then for kids to work on their own word wrangling or story writing. I love books that can easily lend themselves to extension activities and this definitely works well for that!

Title: Lexie the Word Wrangler
Author: Rebecca Van Slyke
Illustrator: Jessie Hartland
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


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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5 Early Literacy Practices: READ

15 Mar

ecrrMy nephew is about five months old and I am forever receiving text and photos of him from my brother and sister-in-law telling me how much he enjoys being read aloud to!  Babies, toddlers, and kids of all ages will connect reading with snuggles, love, hugs and kisses when parents/caregivers make reading a special time they share together.  One of my best friend’s daughter at age 2, 3, and 4 will sit still enraptured by books for as long as she can get mom or dad to read to her.  Kids are not inherently born to dislike reading – some may be moving around too much to care, but persistence will win! I have another friend whose son could have cared less about being read to as a baby, but he’s three now and absolutely LOVES it!

If you encourage reading from a very young age children will see the value of it and enjoy doing it as they get older.  There are tons of great picture books out there and there are some that are not so good too!  But, that’s one of the best parts of visiting a library, when you find a favorite book that you borrowed, you can then spend the money to buy the book for your home library.

By reading aloud, kids begin to understand how a book works, which way you open it, the parts of  the book and even how the text works.  Without knowing these important pieces, children would find learning how to read much more difficult.  Children also learn amazing vocabulary words from books.  You’ll find much more advanced words in picture books than you would normally use in conversation making picture book reading an important tool for a child’s vocabulary.

I was reading aloud to my friend’s daughter one day, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and was just doing what I normally do in storytime – asking questions about the story and her daughter was answering all of them – what sound does this animal make?  what color is that animal?  And afterward, my friend looked at me and said, “I didn’t know she knew so much!”  Her daughter had heard this story before so she knew it very well and was able to answer my questions about what was happening.  Storytime is very similar  – it models to parents how to read aloud, questions that you can ask your child to answer, ways to extend the reading of the book, which is why, again, libraries are such an integral part of a child’s growth.

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