Category: reading to children

Literacy Concepts: Talking about shared reading, guided reading and sight words

When teaching language and literacy to young children it is hard to know how to gauge mastery of literacy concepts – alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, print concepts and emergent reading skills. Along with choosing great picture books for read alouds, shared reading and independent reading, there are activities to extending literacy and language mastery. Once […]

Sister fun in the sun: A new book by Lennon and Maisy Stella

It’s at the height and heat of summer time. The beaches are packed with vacationers. For little kids the beach is a great experience – the sights, the sounds, the sand, the waves and the water. This summer take time to pack this cute little read, In the Waves by Nashville stars Lennon and Maisy […]

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?: Fun Reading, Writing and Self Concept Sentences

Trying to make connections between letters, sounds and sentences can be very tricky. It is hard to know just how much reading, read alouds, phonics activities, writing practice and fun discussions are necessary to make for good reading skill sets – all children are different. Reading quality literature and making associations between written print and […]

There is a ‘silver lining’

It seemed that last week spring was finally coming around. Sure, March can be a tricky month and the possibility of snow is always on the horizon, but this is just too much. This snow is definitely putting a damper on things. Winter was great and the snow was fun – WAS fun. Now enough already. […]

Playtime, bedtime and snack time

This weeks’ storyime featured a day’s worth of activities. So storytime was active this week. First up, was Push Button by Aliki. In this very active learning story, we meet “Push Button Boy” he loves to explore the world of buttons. There are buttons and dials on his toy phones, toy cars, elevators, music boxes, hoses, […]

March: Review of Week Two

This week – Allentown Children’s Books featured the latest of the Marley Series Children’s Books. There is no doubt that Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan was and still is a huge success.  The book was adapted for younger readers and the picture book series continues […]

Toddlers n’ Twos: Fun, Food and Fantasy

 Do you ever wonder: what happens to the cake (and any other goodies for that matter) when you put them in the refigerator and the next time you go to have a bit they are gone?  Do you immediately go and seek out the culprits in your house? The kids, your husband etc. Well if you ever […]

How to convey President Obama’s message to young children through literature

During this past week we have heard the President speak on educational responsibility; making your mark, creating and molding your talents [as a great writer, scientist] to serve and contribute to your school and community. It is tough to rationalize these virtues to young children. Many folks thought that the President’s speech to school children […]

National Dog Day

Well, if you didn’t know it, today is National Dog Day, the day to celebrate all things dog, read the full story. There is a multitude of information on the Animal Miracle Network about this holiday, including educating children about caring for our planet and it’s animals. There are a multitude of books out there […]

Cozy, toasty campfire reading

No doubt, if you are the rustic outdoorsy type, you’ll be headed for a campout this summer. There are several cozy campfire books for children of all ages to help encourage and get your youngsters ready for that trip outdoors. So huddle by the fireside, warm up some Jiffy Pop and enjoy some these newer […]

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