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Creatures of the Night

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Have you ever taken a “night walk” with a flashlight? It’s fun to discover all the things that are just waking up when we’re getting ready for bed. Nocturnal creatures such as badgers, bats, foxes, owls, insects and many more are usually awake and most active during the night. Check out the books below for stories about a variety of creatures that come out at night as well as a fun guessing rhyme for caregivers and children to share. 

Try this guessing rhyme with your little ones, too!

Rhyming Activity - There's Something in the Nighttime (Credit: SLC Book Boy)

There's something in the nighttime

That I can't really see

There's something in the nighttime,

Now what can it be?

Whoo, whoo

Hear its funny sound

Whoo, whoo

An owl is what I found!

(Continue the rhyme with other night animals and the sounds they might make!)




In Like a Lion

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March is upon us and hopefully that means we will soon have a break from this long and cold winter.  My favorite thing about this time of year is having those random warm and sunny days that even when it's only 45 degrees it feels like summer after all the bitter cold.  Even the birds and squirrels seem to feel this way and as the snow melts there is more and more activity all around us outside.  This is a great time of year to celebrate the seasons changing and for children to see how plants and animals come alive as it turns to spring.  Here are some great picture books about the changing seasons.

Picture Book Selection for Travelers

Adele and her brother Simon are coming to America from France to visit their Aunt Cecile, who takes them on a train trip to see the United States!  Simon is more interested in seeing all of the sights than in keeping track of his belongings, which become lost from New York City to San Francisco.  See if you can find what Simon lost in each picture.  The detailed drawings and sweet story will delight readers of all ages, but particularly those ages 4-8. 

Storytime Songs & CDs

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I like to play a lot of music in my storytimes, and some of my favorite songs include “Dance, Freeze, Melt” and “Jumping and Counting”.  Those songs and more can be found on the CDs listed below.  Request one today to extend storytime learning and fun in your car or at your house!  

Get Ready To Read! Print Awareness

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Print awareness is noticing print everywhere! Print awareness is knowing that the squiggly lines on a page symbolize something meaningful. Print awareness is the knowledge that writing in English is read from left to right and that the text flows from the top of the page to the bottom. Another aspect of print awareness is being familiar with how a book works; that books have covers, and pages to be turned, left to right. 

Helping your child develop this skill is easier than you think. Watch this video for some at-home tips:

Why not make your own book at home? You and your child can make up and write your own story,  practice writing their name, or may be even paste photos of friends and family. Make a point to design the cover, come up with a title, and don't forget to add the author's name!!



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