Posts Tagged ‘Picture Books’

Early Literacy Tip: Best Books for Vocabulary

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the six early literacy skills: print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and narrative skills.

Vocabulary is simply knowing the names of things.  The larger your child’s vocabulary the better they’ll be able to express themselves, avoiding unnecessary frustration.  When your child has the words to explain what they’re feeling, it’s easier on both of you.  Furthermore, children with larger vocabularies have a head start when they learn to read because it’s much easier to sound out words that are familiar to them.

More great books for developing vocabulary!  And don’t forget to check out our Born to Read page for more early literacy information and tips!

NYT Best Illustrated Books of 2009

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Earlier this week, the New York Times announced their picks for Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2009 — just in time for the holiday season!

Reserve it!

Vroom Vroom!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Kids won’t sit still?  These fun action rhymes will entertain them.

Twinkle, Twinkle Traffic Light (tune:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light, (open & close hands)
Standing at the corner bright. (rest elbow on opposite arm)
Red means stop (palm out), green means go, (wave hands)
Yellow means to drive real slow. (pretend to steer car)
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light, (open & close hands)
Standing at the corner bright. (rest elbow on opposite arm)


C-A-R (tune:  Bingo)
I have a bright red shiny car, I’m driving it today-o!
C-A-R, beep beep!  C-A-R, beep beep!  C-A-R, beep beep!
I’m driving it today-o!
(repeat 3 times with claps for the letters)

More books about cars, trucks, and things that go!  And don’t forget to join us every Saturday morning at 11:00 for Saturday Tales!

Early Literacy Tip: Best Books for Print Motivation

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

It’s never too early to read with your kids!  Current research shows that there are six pre-reading skills that get children ready to read: print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and narrative skills.  Starting from birth, simple every day activites can enhance these skills.

Print motivation, a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books, is the easiest to work on.  Any time you have fun reading with your child, you’re developing your child’s print motivation.  Pop-ups, lift-the-flap, and touch and feel books are so much fun, your child won’t even know reading is good for them!

Check out our Born to Read page to learn more about early literacy!

Best Not-Too-Scary Picture Books

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

It’s that time of year — ghosts and goblins will soon be trolling our streets looking for treats.  Get the kids in the mood with these fun books guaranteed NOT to keep them up all night!

Complement your reading by really getting into character with this fun action rhyme!

Monsters Galore!
Monsters galore, can you roar?  (roar)
Monsters galore, can you soar?  (flying motion)
Monsters galore, please shut the door.  (clap hands once)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor!  (fall down)

Come to Saturday Tales October 17 at 11:00 for more Silly Monster fun with Miss Lisa!

Bedtime blues

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Is bedtime a constant struggle?  Reading a few books before bed is a great way to get the kiddies calm and ready for slumber.

More great bedtime books!

And if you’re still fighting the good fight, these books for grownups will give you some tips to get your child to bed once and for all!

More help getting your child to sleep!

Worth 1,000 Words

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Here are a few picture books with beautiful illustrations. Oh, and the stories are good too!

Or check out some of our other new picture books.

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.

Wheels on the Bus

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

There are going to be a lot of first-time bus riders this year! To help your child prepare, we’ve gathered up a few suggestions for you!

Singing Raffi’s version of The Wheels on the Bus song in the car makes time on the highway fly by!

For older children, try out the Magic School Bus series.

From Book to Big Screen

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Read the book, then watch the movie!

What’s your favorite book-to-movie pairing? Tell us by commenting below!