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Family Picture Book Selection: You Were the First

You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan, celebrates all of the stages of the firstborn baby in a family.  There may be other children in the family later, but there is always a first one to teach the parents how to be parents.  This will make parents and children of all family sizes smile and remember all of the good first times they each experienced. A beautiful mixture of words and illustrations for all ages. 

Get Ready To Read! Building Narrative Skills

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Mother and baby readingToday’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that literacy education actually begins in infancy. 

The good news is that helping your child attain such skills is much easier than you may think. Almost ANY activity that you do with your child is helping them develop literacy skills. It can be as simple as talking and singing to your child, reading to them, or even describing to them what they are feeling, hearing, tasting, touching, seeing and doing.

One simple activity to start with is looking at pictures.  Look at family photos, or pictures from books and magazines and talk about what you see. Better yet, check out some of the UAPL’s wordless picture books. Snuggle up in your favorite comfy chair, look at the pictures and make up your own stories! This activity helps your child develop narrative skills.  We have many wordless books, but some of our favorites are:

 

Cool Down With Stories at the Pool

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Summer Library Club is in full swing and it's time to get reading!  One of our new and exciting “activities” that you can do this summer is attending a mini-storytime at the UA Pools. These 15-minute storytimes take place during rest period and you can see the full schedule by clicking the link below.  

www.summerlibraryclub.org/pdf/VisitstothePoolforSLC2015.pdf

In the meantime we have some fun picture books about the pool and swimming to check out and read with your family.  

 

Picture Book Selection: The Boy and the Moon

A young boy has a nighttime adventure dancing under the moon with his animal friends. They play, they dance, they howl. But, when the moon gets stuck in a tree the boy must find a way to help the moon return to the sky. A beautiful, dreamy, magical story reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. (Recommended ages 4 to 6 years)

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Squirrel in the House

Squirrel lovers will enjoy this humorous story about Squirrel and a dog named Cuddles.  One winter night, Squirrel gets cold and decides to visit Cuddles's house.  The two get into mischief and end up leaving the holiday decorations in shambles.  A young human is blamed and as a result, he runs outside where he hurts himself.  There's a blizzard coming and it is up to Squirrel and Cuddles to save the boy and make amends.  This funny story is told in short chapters and will be enjoyed by young readers.  Recommended for grades 2-4.

Caldecott Medal Winners

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The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th.  In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:

Photo of Alina holding the book The Little House  Photo of Bree reading the book The Hello, Goodbye Window  Photo of Brian holding the book Where the Wild Things Are  Photo of Julie holding the book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble  Photo of Kate holding the book Kitten's First Full Moon and a cat puppet  Photo of Kris holding the book Owl Moon and an owl puppet  Photo of Sarah holding the book A Sick Day for Amos McGee       

On Saturday, January 25th, the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up.  Registration is required.  If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up.  To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children's informational page.  

Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!  

Two Peas in a Pod - Book Characters That Are Best Friends

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I was reading an Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems and it reminded me that there are other children’s books that feature two characters who have a great friendship. When I started looking, I found lots! The characters in these books have fun adventures but they also learn about kindness, fairness, and empathy. To get started, try some of the books below or click here for even more books about these characters - happy reading!

 

 

 

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