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Friday Funday: Star Trek Opposites Board Book

Post by Lisa C.

Are you a sci-fi nerd? Want to share a bit of nostalgia with your little one? Then this book is for you! Experience all the awesomeness that is Star Trek with your child. See Spock as "calm" and Kirk "surprised." All the images are from the original episodes. I hope your library has a copy for you to enjoy!


The Fascinating World of Baby Brains: Facts Every Parent Should Know!

From Live Science comes "11 Facts Every Parent Should Know About Their Baby's Brain," and needless to say, many of them have to do with language learning and early literacy. This is a great introduction to brain development in babies that you may wish to share with parents, or use to sharpen your own knowledge and find some tips to share with parents!  Why is a baby's perception more like a lantern, while an adult's is like a flashlight?

Babies Can Start Determining A Child's Reliability at an Early Age

Post by Lisa C.

Results from a recent study show that babies as young as 13 months old can determine if an adult it reliable based on past experience with adult behavior. I found this article fascinating. It really shows how important it is that we are a positive and consistent presence in a baby’s life. Check out the article from Live Science.

Picture Book Review: Pond Walk

Are you looking for a book to share during your next parents’ and caregivers’ workshop?

How to Raise a Reader

Post by Lisa C.

Windsor Library Hosts "Learn Spanish Through Storytime" Program

Post by Andrea C.

What We're Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving to CLEL Members and blog readers!  This year, and every year, we are thankful for librarians, educators, parents and friends who strive to help young children develop the skills they need to become readers. We're also thankful for the many wonderful authors and illustrators who make sharing books a daily delight!


Parent Involvement During Storytime

Post by Jeff G.

I'm interested in hearing about the techniques you may be using to get adult attendees more actively involved during your storytime presentation. Here are some techniques that I have found helpful: 

Friday Funday! Kidlit Book Trailers

Boy, Dianne de las Casas has been busy lately! First, she creates Picture Book Month, that we are currently celebrating (remember last week's Friday Funday?). Now, she's created a website where we can watch book trailers for kids' books. Become a member, and you can upload videos too, or join groups and discuss them!

U.S. Department of Education Announces New Office of Early Learning

Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced a proposal to create an Office of Early Learning. The Office would be headed by Jacqueline Jones, Senior Advisor for Early Learning, and would be responsible, among other things, for the Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge.

Read the full press release here.

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