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.  




Sensory Science for Toddlers

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Shredded paper fish Sensory play provides a great learning experience for toddlers and is also a lot of fun! Try out some of these hands-on activities that you can do at home with your toddler.

  • Shredded Paper Bin - Fill a bin with shredded paper and hide some treasures underneath. At the library, we used a variety of colors and hid sea creatures in our bin!
  • Ziploc Bag Finger Paint - Are you scared of the mess your toddler might make with finger paint? Try putting some paint colors in a Ziploc bag and taping it to a table. Your toddler can squish the paint through the bag and draw designs with their fingers.
  • Oatmeal Sensory Bin - Pour dry oatmeal in a bin, add some shovels and cups, and let the sensory exploration begin. Pouring, sifting, and scooping develop motor skills while allowing children to explore the texture of the oatmeal.
  • Sound Shakers - Fill empty bottles with a variety of materials that make different sounds - pom pom balls, large bells, beans, popcorn, etc. To be safe, you can hot glue the tops on the bottles.
Engaging toddler activities

 Interested in more toddler activities? Check out the books below for more fun and engaging ideas.

Easy Halloween Costumes

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This is a guest blog entry from Eileen Jeffrey.  Eileen interned for Youth Services at Tremont during summer reading 2014.  Here she suggests easy Halloween costume ideas that are also inexpensive and fun.

Fall is finally here! With the new season comes cooler weather, pretty scenery, and…Halloween! Before we know it, candy will be stocking the shelves of every store and kids everywhere will be wondering the most important question: “What will I be for Halloween?”

Here are some fun and easy DIY Halloween costumes that anyone can try!

Spaghetti & Meatballs 

  1. Get a white and red checkered tablecloth and cut a hole in the center for the head. Wear this like a cape.
  2. Cut white yarn into long strands and glue them to a paper plate.
  3. Paint Styrofoam balls brown and glue them to the same plate as meatballs.
  4. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth.
  5. For the hat, use a pot with a handle. If needed, tie around head with string to keep in place.


Bubble Bath

  1. Wear either an all white outfit or an all blue outfit.
  2. Blow up many white or blue balloons to a small size.
  3. Safety pin these balloons to your clothing or tape them using strong, clear tape.
  4. For hair accessories, you can attach colorful bath poufs to a headband. You could also attach rubber ducks to the headband as well.


Thing 1 & Thing 2 

This costume is perfect if you are going trick or treating with a sibling or with a friend.

  1. Wear an all red outfit. 
  2. Cut a piece of white paper into a circle and write either Thing 1 or Thing 2 on it.
  3. Glue or tape this circle onto your red shirt. 
  4. While the hair isn’t necessary for this costume, wigs can be bought at costume stores to make you look more like Things 1 & 2. 

These costumes are easy, inexpensive, and quick, so if you’re stuck on what to wear, give these costumes a try. Have a happy Halloween!

Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

Bedtime Math Book Give-Away!

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Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math cover Bedtime Math problems is a new organization hoping to make math at bedtime a similar cherished ritual for families.  Bedtime Math has a book and we have a copy to give away!  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to enter a random drawing to take place on Dec. 2, 2013; we'll contact the winner that same day. 

It's simple to sign-up online for Bedtime Math and receive a daily math problem presented for three different math levels: Wee Ones (preschool), Little Kids (K-2), and/or Big Kids (grade 2+).  Users are encouraged to explore and use all levels as fit their family situation.  The site has lots to explore including an app for phones and a blog for parents.  

No worries if you can't wait or don't win, you can request a copy of Bedtime Math from our catalog.    

Winner must be able to pick up the book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio  43221; we will not deliver or mail the item.

Parents, have you met Mem Fox?

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Mem Fox is the author of many (many!) picture books for children.  I have always been a big fan of hers (so has Miss Kate!), and I particularly enjoyWhere is the Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,both of which I have used in storytime.

But, not so long ago, based off of a recommendation, I discovered her books for adults.  I read Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, which I would now absolutely recommend to parents (both current and future!), caregivers, and anyone working with children.  

Her website is also a great resource, which includes information about her and her books as well as specific content for parents, writers, teachers, children, and more! 

Be a Giver on World Book Night!

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Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community?WBN book logo It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by January 5, 2014 by going to  read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply! If you're accepted, choose UAPL as your preferred book pick-up location!  


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