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Early Literacy Tip - Babies and Motor Skills

We use shaker eggs every week in baby storytime, and for a lot of babies, it's their favorite part of storytime.

ECRR and Developmental Milestones Series Part One: 0-6 Months



How Singing Improves Literacy


Early Literacy Tip - Singing!

After singing a fun song together in storytime, I love to share this short tip: "Singing with your child is wonderful for so many reasons! It even helps with memory: it's easier to remember a song than a short story, so singing is a great way to build memory skills."

Active Dialog with Children


Early Literacy Tip - Reading with Active Toddlers

I've had lots of parents ask about reading to active toddlers. So I try to bring up this early literacy tip in storytime a lot to help parents feel more comfortable about how to incorporate reading with an active toddler who might be always on the go. I might say something like this: "Parents, it's perfectly normal for your child to want to be moving all the time once he or she learns how to walk. We try to incorporate lots of movement in our storytimes for active toddlers!

Early Literacy Tip - Talking with Preschoolers

I love giving my storytime attendees chances to talk and use their words in my storytimes. One way I do this is by having the children guess what the theme of our storytime might be in our preschool storytimes. We talk about the pictures on the books I have displayed and what we might be reading about that day. The kids love this part of storytime, and most of my regulars start guessing what the theme is before storytime even begins. This is a great time to throw out an early literacy tip to parents.

Parents as the First Teachers

Early Literacy Tip - Messy Play

Today for our storytime craft, we painted with watercolors. I'd never done painting as a storytime craft before and I was a little afraid of how it would turn out, but it was a wonderful experience and my preschoolers spent so much time creating their paintings and telling their caregivers about them. There was some spilled water, but it wasn't a problem to wipe up, and it was a great way to talk about the benefits of letting play get a little messy sometimes.

Announcing the 2014 Bell Picture Book Awards Winners!

Good morning! We are so excited to announce the first Bell Awards!

The winning titles are:


Open This Little Book, by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2013)

open the cover to discover five characters, each with their own little
book, all within the pages of the first. Open This Little Book
celebrates the pleasures of reading, sharing stories, and having a book
of your own.