Early Literacy Tip of the Week

October 20, 2014 by

Read with passion! Maintaining the same highs and lows in your voice at the same point in a story helps your child begin to remember the words.

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Kid Picks: October Afternoon Edition

October 19, 2014 by

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Kid Picks

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The Book with No Pictures

October 17, 2014 by

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By B.J. Novak

“You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF.” -excerpt from the book.

This silly book is a great read aloud! It really does have no pictures. That sounds absolutely crazy in the world of picture books, but Novak makes it work. The interaction between the “book” and the reader makes it a fun read for both parents and kids. The absence of pictures allows kids to focus on the words and use their own imagination to visualize a robot monkey reading to them or someone with a head of blueberry pizza. Check out B.J. Novak reading his book here…it’s hilarious!!

Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)

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Hook’s Revenge

October 16, 2014 by

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By Heidi Schulz

Hook’s Revenge tells the tale of Jocelyn Hook, the only daughter of Captain Hook – yes, that Captain Hook, he of Peter Pan fame – who hopes to escape her horrible finishing school and become a feared pirate captain like her long-missing father.  When a letter from Captain Hook himself arrives, asking Jocelyn to avenge his death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to ditch manners lessons for a great adventure.  But being a pirate is much harder that she ever thought. Can Jocelyn find the courage to beat the crocodile before time runs out?

Readers won’t be bored with this quirky but action-packed story, adventuring with Jocelyn as she deals with her pathetically untrained pirate crew, outwits cannibals, rescues her amnesiac best friend, and fends off that twerp Peter Pan, who keeps barging in uninvited.  Jocelyn is a fierce heroine who is easy to love: hilarious and fiery with a heart of gold.  Discovering the details of Neverland itself add to the fun, as well as the snarky side comments of the story’s cranky narrator.

Recommended for grades 4-7.

Reviewed by:   Alyssa (Davis Library)

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Baby Sign Language – Baby

October 15, 2014 by

Babies develop motor skills before they develop the ability to speak. Teaching your baby sign language opens the door to communication, leading to more fun and less frustration!

Please join us for Babes in Arms – rhymes, books, music, and sign language for children aged 0-9 months.

Davis Library: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Haggard Library: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

See you at storytime!

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Color Mixing Fun!

October 14, 2014 by

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet is a wonderfully interactive picture book, and a fun introduction to colors and color mixing.  Directed to tap here and rub there, readers and listeners mix the colors on the pages of this book.  With its generous white space and splotches of paint color, the reader is invited to “with one finger take a little bit of the blue…and just touch the yellow.  Rub it…gently…”

And with a page turn, “see?” the reader sees the splotch of green that they’ve made!

Herve Tullet gave new meaning to an interactive picture book with Press Here, and this title follows in that same vein.

A delightfully fun reading experience that hopefully leads to some actual play with paints and colors!

Read the book, get some finger paints…and MIX IT UP!

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

October 13, 2014 by

Stop reading if your child becomes restless because you want reading to be an enjoyable activity.

 

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Kid Picks: October Afternoon Edition

October 12, 2014 by

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