Library Make: Mini-Maze (Literacy DIY)

September 1, 2015 by

LIBRARY MAKE: Mini-Maze (early literacy DIY)

Skipping lines is a common frustration among early readers. Your child is still developing their eye tracking skills, which can make it hard to read line by line. Help your child get comfortable reading by creating a mini-maze with them! Your child will build necessary eye-hand coordination and eye tracking skills while having fun.

Watch the video below or read instructions here to learn how to make your own mini-maze.

Printable instructions HERE.

Maze template HERE.

Thanks for checking out this tutorial!  Click the picture below for more Library Make tutorials, and don’t forget to share and like our video above or on YouTube. Happy making!

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

August 31, 2015 by

Keep books everywhere; in the diaper bag, in the toy box, in the car, in the children’s rooms, all over the
house. Babies and toddlers who grow up with books around them become more motivated to learn to read.

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Kid Picks

August 30, 2015 by

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Sniff! Sniff!

August 28, 2015 by

Sniff! Sniff

By Ryan Sias

 

Sniff! Sniff! Cover

In his newest picture book, author/illustrator Sias has created an adorably illustrated read that tells the story of a puppy whose nose leads him into all kinds of trouble adventures. Few words are used; few words are needed.  The pictures tell this story of mischief, adventure and love.

The simple, repetitive text is easy to follow, and the bright bold illustrations are captivating.  Puppy’s thought bubbles as he experiences new scents help children develop their prediction skills as they have fun guessing puppy’s next stop! This is a delightful book to share with your child.  Happy reading!

 

 

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26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola

August 27, 2015 by

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola.

Once and awhile I come across a book that I term “lost in the stacks.”  This is a book that is cataloged in a place that is not usually browsed by parents and children, or it might even just be on the bottom shelf, and no one bends down and sees it!  Many times, if not “lost,” the book would be out because it’s really good stuff!

26 Fairmount Avenue by DePaola falls into this category in my library.  It is a short chapter book, the first written by DePaola who is a favorite with young children for Strega Nona and Big Anthony. It is also the first in a series of chapter books centered on DePaola’s family memories.

I think the series is a great read-aloud for young families who would like to begin their venture beyond picture books.  DePaola tells about his extended family in a matter of fact way, and children will learn about everyday life in the 1930’s and 40’s.  At the end of one chapter, DePaola describes his mother crying, and his father using “bad words” as they struggled with the ups and downs of building their new home.  DePaola doesn’t sugar coat his memories, but it’s still told in a way that is accessible to children.  One of his other memories involves seeing the Disney version of Snow White for the first time, and being upset that it wasn’t the true version that his mother had read to him.

Why not “find” this book today?  I’m glad I did!

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The Sock Thief

August 25, 2015 by

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By Ana Crespo

Illustrated by Nana Gonzalez

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Felipe is a sock thief. Once a week, he gets up very early and picks mangoes from his family’s tree, then he goes the long way to school. He doesn’t have any socks of his own, since his only pair of shoes are worn out flip-flops, so he takes socks from windowsills and laundry lines. But for every pair of socks he takes, he leaves behind a ripe mango. What does he do with so many socks? It turns out that it’s not as much of a secret as Felipe thinks.

A fun story about ingenuity and kindness in a small town, The Sock Thief will charm soccer fans and creatives alike. There are introductory words in Portuguese scattered throughout the text, as well as a glossary in the back to help the reader learn a few more words. The bright and cheery pictures will draw in any reader as you get closer to learning about Felipe’s secret use for the socks.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

 

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

August 24, 2015 by

Encourage literacy in your child’s daily routines by making shopping lists together. Talk about the names of the letters and words as you write them. While shopping, help children ‘read’ labels. Give them coupons and ask them to help find the items.

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Kid Picks

August 23, 2015 by

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Our Great States

August 21, 2015 by

What’s Great About Louisiana?

Each title in this entertaining series leads with ten things to see or do. The recommendations are presented on colorful two-page spreads with sidebars for additional historical or cultural facts. Visiting our neighbor, Louisiana? Check out Shreveport’s Sci-Port where you can lie down on a bed of nails or investigate a crime scene. Or maybe a safari is more your style. Lousiana has more than one to offer. In Nevada the suggestions range from a visit to Hoover Dam to the Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival in Elko. The map pages clearly show the points of interest mentioned, a few major cities and the state’s location on the United States map. A representation of the state flag as well as important statistics are also provided. Rounding off each volume is a table of contents, a glossary, a list of additional resources and an index.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a guide and find out about Our Great States!

 

Reviewed by:  Sarah W. (Haggard Library)

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This Little Piggy

August 20, 2015 by

Watch as Miss Ramarie and Wren demonstrate the “This Little Piggy” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our fall storytime session starts next week!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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