February 13, 2015

 

 

A colleague of mine observed my Storytime last week, and if you haven’t had anyone do this for you, I highly recommend it! While it can be tough to hear things that aren’t perfect (I mean, as much as we strive to be perfect, there’s always something to improve, right...

February 5, 2015

 

Head over to the Bell Awards pages to find out the five winning titles of the 2015 Awards! 

 

Each winning title has a 1-page information sheet with bibliographic information, an annotation, and 3 or 4 extension activities appropriate for storytime, preschool cir...

February 2, 2015

 

A colleague of mine shared this interesting article with me, and I felt compelled to pass it on to all of you. It encourages the debate over whether screen time for toddlers is beneficial or detrimental. As Early Literacy professionals, we understand the need for dire...

December 29, 2014

 

The weather in Denver today is snowy and cold; the roads are icy, and most people have elected to stay in their homes rather than venture out into the world. That means that there are few people in the library now, which gives me time to reflect on the space we have i...

December 27, 2014

 

One of my favorite memories from my childhood is of my dad reading The Night Before Christmas to me and my brother during the holiday season. Whenever I read the story now, I hear my dad’s voice saying the words, and because we read it so many times, I can recite much...

November 28, 2014

 

This is the time of year where everyone is finding things for which to be thankful. Whether we have a lot of these things or very few, it is a time when positivity finds its way even into the darkest of corners. Storytime is a great way to inspire thankfulness among t...

November 15, 2014

 

 

 

We do lots of activities for kids in our Storytimes - why not provide an activity for the caregivers, too? A great way to encourage Early Literacy at home (that is also fun!) is to create a “Tip Jar.” This is an activity that can include both child and caregiver, an...

November 6, 2014

 

Movement is quickly becoming more of a chore than a desire in most American households. Television, busy schedules, and other responsibilities often limit the amount of time people have to take a walk or play outside. As we know from a plethora of sources, this sedent...

October 20, 2014

 

A coworker of mine passed along this article today, and I thought it would be valuable to share with all of you. It sheds light on the concept of talking with young children to build their awareness of words and their pre-literacy skills.  Many of us likely remember r...

September 12, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

As early literacy professionals, we stress the importance of reading to children from the youngest age possible to give them a solid foundation when they start school.  But what about the parents who didn’t receive this message until one or more of their children...

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