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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!

Introducing Mr. Wuffles

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David Wiesner has already won three Caldecott medals for his superior illustrations.  His newest book follows the adventures of a cat, some aliens, and the creatures who live in the walls of a house.  Will  he win an unprecedented 4th medal?  

It's Raining, It's Pouring, It's Time for Rainy Day Stories

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Spring is coming and that means lots of rainy days. Although rain can sometimes seem dreary, there is also something fun about jumping in puddles and exploring our wet world while we wait for sunshine and spring flowers to arrive.

Here are some rainy day stories to share with your little ones:

For more rainy day fun, try this fingerplay:

Rain on the Green Grass (Adapted from a traditional nursery rhyme)

Rain on the green grass, (flutter fingers down toward the ground)

Rain on the trees, (make arms into tree branches)

Rain on the rooftop, (make arms into a triangle over your head)

But not on me! (make arms into an umbrella over your head)

 

  

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.

Read Your Way Through Africa

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With the new Heart of Africa exhibit opening this week at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium it might be time to do a little research into the animals and country from that exotic land.  Whether it's some fun fiction or interesting facts, reading up on the subject could enhance your next trip to the zoo or at least get your little ones excited for the amazing animals they are about to see. Below you will find some selections that are sure to please even the youngest patrons! 

For more information about the new Heart of Africa exhibit visit http://heartofafrica.columbuszoo.org

Introducing Africa by Chris Oxlade

African Animals ABC by Beverley Joubert

​We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs

Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill

African Critters by Robert Haas

Adventures of Riley: Safari in South Africa by Amanda Lumry

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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