Parents

Looking for Lexile?

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Hi parents! Since the introduction of the new Common Core, Youth staff at the library have experienced an increase in questions from parents about Lexiles. Specifically, parents are seeking books that match a specific Lexile to support their child's reading progress. However, through this we have also learned that many parents aren't completely familiar with how Lexile works, so below is a general overview, and how we can help you!

What is Lexile?  A Lexile measurement is determined when a child takes a reading assessment test, usually through school. A child (and parent) usually receive a specific number from his or her teacher. 

What does the Lexile number for a book really mean? A Lexile measurement for a book is simply an evaluation of the vocabulary and sentence length in the book. Lexile does not take into account the complexity, quality of writing, or age-appropriateness of a book. For example, the book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is an award-winning, highly acclaimed teen book about the histocial account of a 15 year old girl who was sent to a Siberian prison camp in 1941; it measures at a 490 Lexile. Compare that to a fun picture book called Chicken Cheeks, an illustrated preschool book about different animal behinds, which measures at a 1080 Lexile. The higher the lexile, the more complex the vocabulary and sentence structure, and that is all.  

 What can I do with that number? Now that your child's Lexile has been determined, your first instinct is to find leveled books, right? My favorite go-to source to find books within a Lexile range is Novelist. We provide this database through our website–if you want to access this from home you will need to use your library card. To search by Lexile, go to the Advanced Search field link right below the search area–within this page you can limit your search for materials to within a Lexile range. Although it's database of materials is much more limited, you can also use the Lexile website itself to find materials. Also, here is a guide about levels; this guide will provide you with more info about different leveling systems. And, of course, you can always ask a staff member for guidance!

Inspired by Bedtime Math? Read On...

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Back in November we gave away a copy of Bedtime Math, a book encouraging and providing fun ideas for parents and kids to share math at bedtime.

We all love to share stories at bedtime with our little ones as well, right? Why not do both? Did you know that here at UAPL we have a collection of books that incorporate math problems WITH narrative? You'll find a great selection in the 513 area of our non-fiction collection in the Youth department. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

 

Books for Bedtime

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sleeping catSleep!  Everyone needs it, but it is not always easy for kids to want to go to sleep. According to the CDC, school-aged children need 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Many times the right bedtime book can make even the twitchiest child relax, and maybe even welcome sleep. Try the recommendations below for some sweet dreams!

 

For the youngest listener:

  • Cuddle up, Goodnight by Katie Cleminson. The routines of the day in a simple rhyme with sweet illustrations.
  • Dream Animals by Emily Martin. In this beautifully illustrated book kids play in their dreams with their favorite animals.
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Reading this out loud will make you realize why this classic is still in print!

Quiet bedtime picture books:

  • Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson.  All the things little bunnies do to get ready for bed.
  • The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool.  A greedy king, a talented boy, and clothes from the clouds.
  • Dr. Seuss' Sleep Book This classic counts all of the beings in the world that are going to sleep.
  • How Does Sleep Come? by Jeanne Blackmore.  A boy questions his mother about the arrival of sleep.
  • Niccolini's Song by Mary Wilcoxen.  The nightwatchman puts the trains to sleep with a gentle song.
  • Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue.  Does everything in the world go to sleep at night?

Chapter Book Read-alouds:

  • My Father's Dragon by Frank Gannett.  A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.
  • The Mysterious Howling by MaryRose Wood.  Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.  
  • The Night Fairy by Laura Schlitz.  When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.
  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys. 

 

 

Book Giveaway: Outside the Box by Karma Wilson and Diane Goode

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Celebrate Poetry Month by entering our book giveaway drawing!

Outside the Box, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Diane Goode, is a fun, whimsical book of Cover image of Outside the Box by Diane Wilsonpoetry that will make even the most reluctant poetry reader laugh out loud. In the style of celebrated poet Shel Silverstein, this book includes short, fun poems that children can relate to and appreciate, highlighted by bold-lined drawings that bring the poetry to life. Recommended for children in grades 1 and up (and adults!). 

Drawing will take place on April 30th, 2014.  We will contact the winner that day.  Winner must be able to pick up this book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH  43221; we cannot deliver or mail this item. 

Outside the Box Book Giveaway Form

Pumpkin Parade

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Our annual Pumpkin Parade is right around the corner!  Grab your costumes and come join us on Saturday, October 31st at 10:30 a.m. for a few spooky stories and some rhymes.  Afterwards you can show off your amazing costumes with a parade around the library!  This will be followed by a showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in the Friends theater. Don’t miss out on this wonderful Halloween tradition! We hope to see you there!

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Tis' the season for giving picture books!

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It is gift giving time!  There are a myriad of gift giving options in stores and online.  Why not try giving a book to share together?  A good story can transend the reader beyond everyday life. These book suggestions were all published in 2015 and are available from your favorite retailer in time for Christmas gift giving.

 

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For ages 2 and up:

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Ages 5 and up
Happy gift giving to you! gift wrapped books

Is Your Toddler Ready to Transition From Board Books to Picture Books?

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Is your toddler ready to transition from board books to picture books?

There are many stages in child development for parents to realize and assist their children in growing to their potential.  Toddlers are still processing everything they touch and hear and see.  Transitioning to picture books opens new levels in tactile and visual learning. 

 

You might even become the listener to a story read by your talking toddler.  

Toddler Led Reading of Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal from Lasso the Moon on Vimeo.

We love lists at the library!  On our parents page we have book lists by subject.  Many kids go through a phase where they want dinosaur everything with maybe some trains on the side.  You can find those lists here.

If you visited the link to our subject lists and were overwhelmed here are some fun and prolific authors and/or illustrators that have some wonderful books for the 18 month plus crowd.  

 

 

 

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