Archive for September, 2007

book review

Un-brella by Scott E. Franson

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When it snows, the little girl in this book reaches for her swimsuit and beach bag!  That’s because she has an un-brella, which changes her world under the un-brella from snowy and cold to sunny and warm.   She sunbathes next to a snowman, swims next to penguins, and melts a path in the snow on the playground.  As the season changes to summer, she grabs her un-brella and dresses in her winter coat and ice skates, makes a snow angel among the flowers, and even builds a snowman in her bedroom!   This is a wordless book, so the illustrations must carry the story, and they do so extremely well.  Although there are tons of details, the brightly colored illustrations are uncluttered, with repeating patterns of familiar objects, making it easy for young children to tell the story themselves.   This book would be ideal for quiet parent and child laptime, so be sure to check it out!

–Miss Tracey

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early literacy skills

When you first enter the storytime area, you and your child have the opportunity to choose a book from the book box and read together.  This and any time spent reading together is very important, as it allows children to begin to understand the function of words and pictures in books.  On an even simpler level, this activity helps kids to understand that we read a book from top to bottom and left to right, as well as how to turn the pages.

So take the time to read to your child, even at storytime!

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early literacy skills in storytime

Early literacy is defined as what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.  Early literacy skills are the building blocks for later reading and writing.  You may be wondering just how early literacy techniques will be incorporated into storytime.   Stay tuned!  Over the span of several entries, I will give you some examples.

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web review

Many of your child’s favorite authors have websites with interactive games and activities.

You can find the official Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Lane Library info here, The Very Busy Spider-Lane Library info here) website here.   The site includes an author bio, photo albums, list of his books, and the Caterpillar Exchange bulletin board, where parents and teachers post ideas for activities based on Eric Carle’s books.

The publisher of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Lane Library info here), Harper Collins, has a nice site for the book here.   Included are links to fun and games like mazes, coloring sheets, and crafts.

Everyone loves Green Eggs and Ham!  (Lane Library info)  Find activities for the Dr. Seuss book here.  If you have another favorite Dr. Seuss book, check out the Seussville website for games, a Dr. Seuss biography, and more.

Mem Fox, author of Wombat Devine and Koala Lou, has a wonderful website.   You can read the “stories behind the stories” and get some writing tips from the “so you want to write a picture book section”.

If your kids are fans of the I Spy (Lane Library info) and Can You See What I See (Lane Library info) books, check out author Walter Wicks’ website.   He gives peeks at some of his newer titles, and even includes a hints page for hard to find items in his I Spy books.

If you have a Junie B. Jones (Lane Library info) fan in your house, check out her website.  You’ll find information about author Barbara Park, as well as activities and even a letter from Junie B. herself.

Author of the Captain Underpants books (Lane Library info), Dav Pilkey’s website is as fun as his books.  The site includes everything from games and videos to an author bio and book information.  Don’t miss this one if you’re a fan of Captain Underpants!

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book review

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

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Kids love reading about pirates, and kids will love this story, too.  Jeremy Jacob, while babysitting his baby sister, is paid a visit by a group of treasure-hunting pirates.   They have come to get Jeremy to help them find a treasure, but end up helping him babysit.  Or trying to help him babysit.  It turns out that pirates make terrible nannies.  They have trouble changing diapers, and get facefuls of strained spinich, thanks to baby Bonney Anne.  Then the baby eats the treasure map!  But there is a happy ending to this great read-aloud, never fret.  The illustrations are classic David Shannon, with big eyed, big toothed characters done in bright colors, and lots of sly humor and little comic touches that kids will pick up on and love.  A fun read-aloud for pirate loves and non-pirate lovers alike, you should definitely check this one out!

–Miss Tracey

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