Last week I was on the road for the Public Library Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was super excited to attend sessions on equity, early learning and chatted with fellow librarians on how they engage with their communities.
This week, friends and families around the country will gather to celebrating Thanksgiving. They’ll have delicious food, spirited conversation and hopefully some good football. (Go Hawks!) It’s also another opportunity to incorporate early literacy into your time together. Here are some ideas to help you write, talk, sing, play and read with your child during the holiday.
It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled outside, causing barren tree branches to scrap and scratch at the window like skeletons begging to get inside. I curled up on my couch, pulling a blanket closer around my shoulders with my head deep in a book. I was so focused on my reading that I didn’t hear as the front door quietly unlatched and opened. Muddy footsteps came creeping toward me until...
Making the leap from beginning reader books with their 1 – 2 – 3 levels, small words and large print to regular chapter books can intimidate even the most excited reader. Chapter books have the perception of having smaller print, no pictures and lots and lots of pages. What a difference from the short, brightly illustrated beginning reader books! It can be challenging (sometimes scary or even heavy) to make the leap. Luckily that’s where these wonderful in-between books come in.
Spring is here, which means Mother’s and Father’s Days are right around the corner! Need a last-minute gift idea for a favorite parental figure in your life? On April 26th, I will be hosting Project Maker: Mason Jar Planters at the Poulsbo Library from 3:30-5pm in our Community Room. Kitsap Regional Library is offering a similar program for adults, but the one at Poulsbo is particularly aimed at kids.
Four weeks ago I returned to the library from being on maternity leave. My daughter is now five months old and quite the smiley, curious baby. I can scarcely believe how quickly this time has passed, but also, as many parents know, how long the past five months have felt. Parenthood truly is “the longest shortest time.”
If the daffodils, cherry blossoms, and tulips sprouting everywhere didn’t convince you, then last weeks’ beautiful warm weather must have shown that spring is officially here. And what’s a better way to spend spring outside than gardening? I may only have a balcony with container planters instead of a yard with a garden, but I’m still itching to plant tomatoes, carrots, and green beans. While it may still be a bit early for planting vegetables, it’s not too early to start preparing your garden—and your little gardener—for what’s to come.
Winter is here…so bundle up your pre-school age kids and head over to your local Kitsap Regional Library location for some great stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs presented by your friendly children’s librarian! We children’s librarians always talk about the importance of developing early literacy skills and building school readiness. The latest research shows that children who participate in storytimes have increased language knowledge and fine motor skills, which leads to greater academic success later in life.
Who doesn’t read a book where characters cook elaborate meals or bake delicious desserts without getting hungry? On Friday Carmine wrote about picture books with recipes that you can use to cook with children. I wanted to share with you a similar genre some call “foodie fiction” that has emerged in middle grade fiction (books for kids aged 8-12). These books feature protagonists who cook and bake—sometimes as their special Talent, or they dream of being on a famous cooking show, or perhaps it’s their way of bringing joy into other people’s lives.