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Duck is very excited about his jack-o-lantern and cannot wait to show his friends.  Duck, unfortunately, has a little pumpkin trouble and ends up scaring his friends.  In a colorful and simple style, Jan Thomas has made a funny book for pumpkin lovers of all ages.  

This picture book is based on the true story of the gorilla Umande.  Umande's mom was too young to know how to care for him, she saw him as a playmate.  Umande ended up in our Columbus Zoo gorilla habitat and found a Mom in Lulu.  A sweet story for animal lovers of all ages.  

What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet?  You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment.  The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone.  For ages 4 and up.    

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Get Ready To Read! Building Narrative Skills

Written by published on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 6:12pm

Mother and baby readingToday’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that... Read more

Get Ready To Read! Phonological Awareness

Written by published on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 3:23pm

Phonological awareness is a child’s awareness that sentences can be broken down into words, syllables and sounds. Music naturally encourages development of this pre-reading skill by allowing kids to play with language using rhythm, rhyming and repetition. Take a peek at this short video for more information:

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Get Ready To Read! Print Motivation

Written by published on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 7:26pm

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One of the first early literacy skills to develop is print motivation. Print motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books. Parents can cultivate this skill early on by reading to their infants. Even though they aren't able to follow the story, they still very much enjoy hearing their parent's voice. If children witness their parents enjoying reading, they learn to... Read more

Get Ready To Read! Vocabulary

Written by published on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 4:55pm

Vocabulary is simply knowing the names of things. Words and their meanings are the building blocks of literacy development. The more words a child knows, the easier it will be for him or her to understand what they read.  A parent can help their child build vocabulary by exploring different types of books, formats, and subjects in both fiction and non-fiction. As unfamiliar words are encountered, the parent and the child can sound them out together... Read more

What Are You Thankful For??

Written by published on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 6:20pm

It's that time again, kids. Time to hug smelly old Aunt Matilda (why does she have to wear SO MUCH perfume?), time for your mom to harp at you in front of everyone, to eat your brussels sprouts, time to fill your stomach to almost bursting, time to fight your little brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie, time to let Great Grandma squeeze your cheeks and drone on about how much you've grown, time for the wish bone to be broken (what are you wishing for?), and time for turkey!!

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