Friday, August 25, 2017

21 Books About Space for Preschoolers

After experiencing Monday’s total solar eclipse, we’re seeing lots of little patrons around the library clutching books about the solar system.

Ignite their imaginations and answer their questions with simple facts about space with this mix of fiction and non-fiction picture books about space.

  1. The Solar System by Emily Bone
  2. Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt
  3. Exploring Space by David Conrad
  4. Zoom, Rocket, Zoom by Margaret Mayo
  5. Space Vehicles by Martha E. H. Rustad
  6. Sheep Blast Off! by Nancy Shaw
  7. Show Me Space: My First Picture Encyclopedia by Steve Kortenkamp
  8. Dinosaur Rocket by Penny Dale
  9. A Trip Into Space by Lori Haskins Houran
  10. Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino
  11. Curious George Discovers Space by Monica Perez
  12. Touchdown Mars: An ABC Adventure by Peggy Wethered
  13. What is in Space? by Vita Jiménez
  14. Oliver Who Would Not Sleep by Mara Bergman
  15. What Is the Moon Made Of? And Other Questions Kids Have About Space by Donna H. Bowman
  16. Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricilli
  17. What Do Astronauts Do? by Carmen Bredeson
  18. Krong! by Garry Parsons
  19. If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty
  20. The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
  21. Caroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beloved Froggy Character Visits Library to Promote Early Literacy

Hop on over to the library this month for special storytimes devoted to the importance of early literacy and for a chance to meet Froggy, the famed star of more than 25 books by author Jonathan London, including Froggy Goes to the Library, Froggy Plays Soccer, and Froggy Goes to School.

The storytimes are part of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Forsyth County Public Library and will include books, music, puppet shows, and crafts, as well as recognition for 100-book milestone achievements of children participating in the program.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program designed to help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the language and pre-reading skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

“The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a national initiative intended to help parents and caregivers recognize the importance of reading aloud with very young children. Even if reading 1,000 books before a child enters kindergarten sounds intimidating, reading aloud with a child is one of the easiest ways to help build their vocabulary,” explains Program Manager Laura Bradley.

During the special Froggy storytimes, library staff will share tips with parents and caregivers about simple ways to incorporate reading into everyday tasks at home. The Library also encourages families to keep track of their progress with a free Reading Log. All stories and books count – even books read to the child at grandma’s house or books you’ve read more than once – and young patrons reaching 100-book milestones will be recognized during this series of Froggy storytimes.

Froggy will appear at five programs designed for children from newborn to age five, says Bradley. The programs are free, but space is limited, so Bradley encourages families to arrive early to secure a seat.

The first programs will be held at the Cumming Library on Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. and at the Hampton Park Library on Thursday, August 24 at 10:15 a.m.

The Post Road Library will host two programs on Friday, August 25 at 11:15 a.m. and Saturday, August 26 at 11:15 a.m.

“We have an extra special treat for patrons attending the August 26 program at the Post Road Library,” explains Bradley.

“We’ll be announcing the winners of our recent My First Library Card Art Contest sponsored by Canton-Woodstock-Cumming Macaroni Kid and unveiling two My First Library Card designs. We’ll have prizes for both winners and they will each receive a new library card featuring their winning artwork.”

The new My First Library Cards are expected to be available to patrons in early September. New patrons receiving their first library cards may choose one of the new My First Library Card designs, or choose the standard library card, at no charge.

“Our youngest patrons can take pride in having a library card of their own and that may just provide the boost they need to tackle their 1000-book reading goal,” says Bradley.

Reading that many books before a child goes to kindergarten isn’t as intimidating as it might sound.

If you read one book at bedtime every night, then you’ll read 1,000 books in less than three years. With most board books and early readers, you can finish about three books in just 15 minutes. Commit to reading 15 minutes each day with your child and you’ll read more than a thousand in just a year.

As the child reaches 100-book milestones, they can visit the library for a celebratory photo and a stamp in their reading passport. The library also provides reading tips and book suggestions organized by age and topic in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten section of the Bookmarked Blog.

It's Mail Time at the Hampton Park Library's Early Literacy Center

We're giving children a place to work on their writing and drawing skills this month at the Hampton Park Library!

Our community board display has pictures of several popular children’s book characters and blank character cards. Children select a character, write a letter (or draw a picture), and send it via snail mail in our awesome blue mailbox. Once the cards have been “delivered,” our story friends will write a response, and we'll post it for all our patrons to see!

The Early Literacy Center helps us educate parents and caregivers on Every Child Ready to Read (2nd Edition) and the five early literacy practices that will help children get ready to read before kindergarten. The five practices are:

  1. Talking
  2. Singing
  3. Reading
  4. Writing
  5. Playing 

This month we're focusing on writing, which goes hand-in-hand with reading. Here are some of the ways that writing, or the act of “writing” is beneficial in helping children get ready to read:

  • When children sign their names to drawings, this helps them understand that print represents words – even if they don’t know how to write.
  • Talking to children about what they draw and writing stories or captions for their drawings helps them to make connections between spoken and printed language. 
  • Drawing and scribbling will help children practice hand-eye coordination. It also develops the muscles and fine motor control they need to hold a pencil or crayon.

Our display has been a hit! Children are incredibly excited about writing to their favorite characters, and they’re even more excited to get responses!

Contributed by:
Stephanie Hampson
Youth Services Supervisor
Hampton Park Library