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Get Ready To Read! Phonological Awareness

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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:

 

Did you know that it is very easy to make your musical instruments at home? Check out some great ideas from Nancy Stewart!

At the UAPL youth department, we have an extensive collection of children’s music.  Check out some CDs and have your very own sing-a-long at home. 

 

Back-to-School Stories

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Summer is almost over and school is going to be starting soon.  The start of a new school year can be exciting but it can also be a little scary for some children.  The library has a huge selection of picture books for all ages that can help ease you into the school year.  We have silly books with animals like hamsters and alligators attending school but we also have books that help ease fears about starting something new and making friends.  No matter what you are looking for reading a few good stories about school is a great way to get your child excited about the new year and can also be a great way to open up a conversation about feelings and what you can expect during a day at school.  The youth department has a great display of school books right now and we always have a picture book list on hand if you are looking for back-to-school, starting school, or starting preschool stories.  We would love to help you find just the right story for your family! Below is a list of some newer school stories that have come out in 2015.  

Battle Bunny Give-away!

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We've got a brand new copy of Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett to give away!

Have you ever wished you could change the words in a book? Add a plot twist? Get rid of a character? Jazz things up?

Battle Bunny

 That is exactly what Birthday Bunny Alex decides to do when “Gran-Gran” gifts him a gentle storybook about a sweet bunny who worries that his friends have forgotten his birthday. Alex turns his new Birthday Bunny book into “Battle Bunny” by erasing, crossing out, and adding new dialog, description, characters and drawings right into the book. 

This hilarious, and very creative, book will interest even your most reluctant reader. Recommended for children ages 5-9 (or 10 or 11 or 87, according to Alex).  

Drawing will take place on February 12th, 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. 

Battle Bunny Give-Away Entry Form

 

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Series

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Elephant & Piggie are back to recommend some new easy readers!  In the “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!” series, the Mo Willems characters show up to excitedly introduce new stories by different authors.  

To read along with Elephant & Piggie, check out the first three books in the series:

Picture Book Selection: Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe

Lizbeth Lou is playing outside when a pebble gets stuck in her shoe.  When she carelessly tosses it away, it sets off a sequence of events that interferes with an entire neighborhood of creatures.  Each creature thinks the pebble is something else.  For example, the cricket thinks the pebble is a boulder that will sink its delicate leaf boat.  The duck is perplexed by the giant raindrop landing on her umbrella.  This is a fun story to read aloud because of the rhyming text.  Recommended for grades K-2.

Catch Me if You Can!

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“Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!” I recently read a variation of the classic Gingerbread Man tale, but this Gingerbread Man was loose in the library! I thought it might be fun to read some other variations, so here are some you might want to try.

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. 

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