Posts Tagged ‘encourage reading’

Is it Spring Cleaning time yet?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Spring is getting closer everyday and with spring comes SPRING CLEANING! Share the fun with your child with these books about keeping it clean.

Arthur Helps Out by Marc Brown

Arthur has a lot of chores, but he wants to go out and play–will he be able to get his work done in time?

How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps by Jennifer Huget

A young girl provides humorous advice on how to tidy a bedroom-in 10 easy steps. The first step is the easiest–mess up the room!

Mrs McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks

Not many of us hang our wash on a line like Mrs. McNosh, but even fewer of us hang up everything around the house like Mrs. McNosh! Bats and newspapers and even the phone, Mrs. McNosh is on a spree. This silly rhyming book is a perennial favorite.

Check out more books about cleaning!

For silly cleaning fun, try dancing to the tune “I took a bath in a washing machine” by Jim Gill

Or sing this camp song with your child for even more silly clean fun!

Wishy Washy Washerwoman
Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman washin’ her clothes
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman dryin’ her clothes
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman foldin’ her clothes
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes

…pickin’ her nose…
…eatin’ oreos…
…paintin’ her toes…
…puttin’ on pantyhose…
…sayin’ goodbye…

39 Clues Live Webcast Today!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Into the Gaunlet, the final book in the 39 Clues series is being released today!  If that’s enough to send your kid into a fit of manic giggles, you’ll want to read on. 

Today at 4:00, all seven of the 39 Clues authors will unite to present a live webcast and answer real readers’ questions!  The group will offer behind-the-scenes information on the Cahills, provide insight into their favorite parts of the clue hunt, and even reveal new information! 

Click here for more information or to view the live webcast.  It’s free!  And if you can’t make it live, don’t fret — it will be available for replay immediately after the event.

 

 

Gather ‘Round the Fire!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Some of my favorite childhood memories include my family and a big bonfire.  Sometimes we’d make s’mores, sometimes we’d sing or tell stories, and sometimes we’d just hang out and enjoy each other’s company. 

Imagine my surprise when, as an adult, I learned that those fun times had a hand in building literacy skills.  As you probably know from many previous posts, singing is a great tool for building phonological awareness because the different notes break words down into smaller parts.  And telling stories is a great way to work on narrative skills, which are an essential first step towards reading comprehension.

So there’s your excuse for some good ol’ quality time around the fire with the kids.  It’s not only fun, it’s a learning experience in disguise.  So break out your guitar (or just check out some CDs with great songs for kids), check out some great books for reading aloud or storytelling, and wait for sun down.

And don’t forget about Family Campfire at the library — we’ve got the stories, songs, and (fake) fire, with none of the bugs!

Summer Reading is Upon Us!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

It’s finally summer!  Yippee!  Time for lazy days at the pool, family vacations, and non-school-required reading! 

Need help getting started?  Check out our suggested books for: reading aloudbabies, toddlers and preschoolers; very beginning readers (kindergarteners); readers who are moving up (first grade); second graders; third graders; fourth graders; fifth graders; middle schoolers; and teens.

And don’t forget to come to our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party this Thursday, June 10th from 9:00 — 5:30.  We’ll have balloon animals, face painting and jugglers! 

Don’t worry, even if you miss the party, you can still sign up for the SRP anytime starting Thursday.  With programs and prizes for pre-readers, kids, teens, and adults, we’ve got something for everyone!

What to read when

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Chances are you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of reading with your child from birth.  Reading with your child provides an opportunity for quiet bonding time, is a great winding down ritual at bedtime, enhances language development and can improve a child’s memory.  And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

But while everyone from your mom to your neighbor to the receptionist at your pediatrician’s office can tell why you should read with your child, no one seems to be able to tell you what to read.  These resources will give you a jump start on picking fun, age appropriate books, whether you’re reading with your child or they’re big kids reading on their own.

More books to help you find what to read when!  Also check out these websites and our How to Choose Books for Kids explore guide!

Best Books for Boys

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Check out our full list of Suggested Books for Boys or browse Adventure Stories, Funny Stories, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction & Sports Stories.

Become a Star!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The PomPom peeps have starred in their own movie, and you can too! Learn how at our Starring You! Movie Maker event.

In the meantime, check out these behind-the-scenes books on movie making.

Want to join the Summer Reading Program? Simply stop in or go online beginning June 11th. Read books, win prizes, and be creative!