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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!!

 

New Series by Kate DiCamillo

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This post is written by our newest Youth staff member, Nancy Fennessey:

Mercy Watson to the RescueLeroy Ninker Saddles Up

One of my favorite children’s authors is Kate Di Camillo. I’m particularly fond of the hilarious series she wrote for younger children, starring Mercy Watson, “the porcine wonder” who loves toast with butter!  

After finishing book # 6, Something Wonky this Way Comes, I was delightfully surprised to see that two of the loveable characters from this series, Leroy Ninker and Francine Poulet, now have their own series called Tales from Deckawoo Drive. Both books, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up and Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon, are guaranteed to put a smile on your face! 

Babies: Get Ready for Summer Reading Club!

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Babies and toddlers, we want you to Dig Into Reading with UAPL this summer!

Many folks are surprised when they learn that here at UAPL we have a Summer Reading Club for infants and toddlers! But we know that building vocabulary and literacy skills starts from day one. Snuggling while reading to baby, incorporating play and singing into storytime, establishing a reading routine with baby, and allowing baby to explore books with his/her mouth are all excellent ways to begin baby's love of reading.

By offering a Summer Reading Club for babies and toddlers we hope to encourage early learning and literacy. By reading to your baby and participating in early literacy activities (and storytime at the library!) you can earn prizes for your baby at 5 and 10 hours. After 10 hours baby's name is automatically entered into a Grand Prize drawing for a basket of board books and a snuggly toy.

Here are some more tips to get you started!

Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 4th and ends Saturday August 3rd.

Naptime with Theo and Beau and other Fun Puppy Books

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Book Cover for Naptime with Theo and BeauMarch 22nd was National Puppy Day! What a great way to bring in Springtime with a loveable, joyous, bouncing, full-of-life puppy! We have a lot of great books that celebrate all the wonderful things that puppies and dogs bring into our lives. A recent book called Naptime with Theo and Beau celebrates the bond between a young child and his puppy. Check out the video for the book for a sneak peek at all the interesting and endearing ways these too share sleeptime, playtime, and each other.

 

Book Cover for Little Puppy and the Big Green MonsterA few other great books that really depict all things dog and puppy are Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka, Ball by Mary Sullivan, Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar, What Puppies Do Best by Laura Numeroff, Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell, Ping Wants to Play by Adam Gudeon, Bogart and Vinnie by Audrey Vernick, The Way I Love You by David Bedford, and Kate and Pippin by Martin Springett.

 

Happy Reading!

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