Many of us gift our children with books during the holidays. We choose the next book in a series our child loves or perhaps a popular series that an older child or the child of our friends enjoyed. Sometimes we include a cookbook or a drawing book or a guide to rocks or local birds. However, nonfiction is so much bigger than the drawing books and guides we often choose. Like good fiction, great nonfiction tells a compelling story... stories of struggle, victory, and defeat.Write comment (0 Comments)
We read to our children for a plethora of reasons. We read to introduce new concepts and vocabulary, create background knowledge, and explain “why.” We read to entertain, inspire, and excite curiosity. And we read to bond with and reassure our children. When they experience changes at home or encounter challenges in their lives, it is these last reasons – bonding and reassurance, coupled with explanation – that become so important.Write comment (0 Comments)
Neil Gaiman once said, "Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." Kids love fantasy and fairy tales, and for many kids, those stories mean dragons. But why? Why are dragons and violence so appealing?Write comment (0 Comments)
I was working as a Nanny when I first moved to this area. My ward’s name is Adelle. She is creative, intelligent, curious and has a great sense of humor. As she went through the first grade, she struggled with learning how to read, something of which I’m sure many can relate to. We go through learning curves as we develop new skills, so it wasn’t unusual that Adelle had some difficulties. Looking back, I was no exception to this and I could certainly empathize with her frustration. She eventually did learn how to read. Although the routine of school and practice helped, she improved quicker as those supporting her did their best to make it fun and rewarding.Write comment (1 Comment)
Every January, the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, recognizes a slate of the best children's books from the past year. ALSC honors the best nonfiction (the Siebert Award), best translation of a foreign title (the Batchelder Award), best illustrated title (the Caldecott Award), best book about the African American experience (the Coretta Scott King Awards), as well as a host of other "best" books, including the Newbery Award.Write comment (1 Comment)
What am I doing this summer? I’m helping middle school students teach NASA scientists. Seriously.Write comment (0 Comments)
School's out and twelve lazy weeks stretch out in front of you and your children... weeks waiting to be filled with fun activities. What's on your agenda? Hiking? Kayaking? Barbequing in the backyard? Swimming? A road trip? Reading? Reading!Write comment (0 Comments)
I learned at a very early age to never utter the words, “There’s nothing to do” in the company of my parents.
You loved Bear Snores On... the first 25 times, but now you are sick of that sleepy bear and his cave-crashing friends. Your little one, on the other hand? He just keeps bringing you that same book. Every. Single. Night.
Hearing the same stories or stories with the same characters time and again actually provides real benefits to your child. Learn how to provide those benefits, while retaining a modicum of sanity for yourself.Write comment (0 Comments)
We all remember the best read alouds from our childhoods: Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame. Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo. A wonderful read aloud stays with us long after the story ends and the book closes. Here are a few of my favorite titles from 2016... ones that might make a wonderful read aloud for your family:Write comment (0 Comments)
Many parents enjoy snuggling up and reading to their young children. Many of those same parents assume that they should stop reading to their children as they get older and start learning to read, or life becomes busy and reading aloud together stops being a habit.
As a children's librarian, I encourage you to continue to read aloud to your older elementary aged children. Here are just a few reasons:Write comment (0 Comments)