Early Literacy Tip of the Week

December 8, 2014 by

In order to get your preschooler excited about books, you should read books about things they love. If they love to play sports then read stories about sports.

 

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Kid Picks

December 7, 2014 by

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The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

December 5, 2014 by

The case of the weird blue chicken : the next misadventureThe Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

Doreen Cronin

 The second adventure in The Chicken Squad series is just as much fun as the first. Chickens Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie are back and they’re sillier than ever. In this story, a blue jay (or a weird blue chicken to the Chicken Squad) comes to the chickens for help. Someone has taken the blue jay’s house and the bird wants it back. Then the chickens realize that their brother Poppy is living in the jay’s house. Next a squirrel shows up and complains to the chicken squad about stolen acorns. The plot is now thickening and the chicken squad has two mysteries to solve. This is a hilarious chapter book, with adorable black and white illustrations. It is introduced and concluded by J. J. Tully, the retired search and rescue dog that lives in the same yard and keeps an eye on all of the chickens. This is a terrific new series by the author of many beloved picture books.

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Emma and the Blue Genie

December 3, 2014 by

Emma and the Blue Genie (Junior Library Guild Selection) CoverEmma and the Blue Genie

By Cornelia Funke

Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer

8-year-old Emma lives with her family in a little house by the sea.  Being the only girl in a family with 4 pesky brothers means that Emma frequently needs some alone time.  On just such a night, Emma and her dog Tristan sneak out of the house to watch the waves roll toward shore and dream of adventure and faraway lands.  But what is that bottle bobbing in the waves?  To Emma’s surprise her dreams seem to have come true as it contains a genie….but this is not an ordinary wish-granting genie like those in her storybooks.  This genie (named Karim) has been imprisoned in his bottle by a more powerful evil genie. In fact, Karim is now quite small, powerless and incapable of granting any wishes at all.  Is Emma up for the adventure she has always dreamed of?  What will happen if she jumps on Karim’s magic carpet and flies off to his homeland to help him confront the evil genie?   Join Emma and Tristan on their exciting magical journey. Believe me, you will enjoy the ride!

Colorful and whimsical illustrations accompany this fast–paced adventure that will make this the perfect reading experience for children in the early elementary grades who are just getting into the longer chapter books.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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Mine! by Sue Heap

December 2, 2014 by

Mine! by Sue Heap

What parent has not heard the word “mine” from their young one? Amy is a typical young child who loves her blankie, her bear, her bird and her bunny, and is possessive of them all.

Sue Heap’s illustrations, set against white backgrounds, are colorful, expressive and full of energy.  The font is large and the story nicely follows a child’s emotions.  Luckily for all, the resolution is satisfactory and Amy shares her bird, now saying, “Mine AND yours.”

For another book about sharing for the preschool set, check out the November 21 post about Naoko Stoop’s Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree.

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Library Make: Green Square, Green Square

December 1, 2014 by

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Welcome to our first video for Library Make! Today, Alyssa from Davis Library shows you how to create the flannel activity for our “Green Square, Green Square” rhyme we use in story time. She will tell you the supplies you need, how to make it, and how to use it at home and on the go. Be sure to be on the lookout on our YouTube page for more Library Make videos.

After you have made your flannel shapes, be sure to use our Shapes Scavenger Hunt! worksheet to help your child find these shapes around the house! You can download it by clicking the image below:

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Library Make: An Introduction

December 1, 2014 by

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Library Make is a video series brought to you by the Plano Public Library System. We will show you how to create the fun literacy activities we use during story times at home. Not only will we have step-by-step video instruction, we will also provide worksheets and examples on how to use these activities at home and on the go. All of the videos and worksheets will be posted on the Kids’ Brain blog under the category library make. We will soon post our first video on how to make the flannel for “Green Square, Green Square”!

 

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All Library Make videos can be found on the Library Make playlist on the Plano Public Library System YouTube channel.

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

December 1, 2014 by

Use new words. Good readers have a large vocabulary. Knowing lots of words helps children better understand what they read. Begin this early, even before your children learn to talk.

 

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Kid Picks – Afternoon Edition

November 30, 2014 by

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Kid Picks

November 30, 2014 by

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