Wednesday, December 31, 2008
For a preview of what you'll find, take a look at this video on Emotional Literacy and Children:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here are a few of my favorite train picture books:
A young boy is busy playing train when his parents announce that it is bedtime. When he can't fall asleep, he takes an imaginative ride on his toy train and gets busy helping the train run.
This simple, colorful book is great for sharing with toddlers and preschoolers who love trains. Easy, rhyming text describe the various uses of different kinds of trains.
Lonesome Bob and Granny Apple Fritter are in a hurry! They must get to Red Rock by 2:00 or he'll miss his wedding! Railroad John is running late - really late - andLonesome Bob fears he'll never make it. Will they get there in time? The sepia-toned artwork is beautiful and the end depics a boy playing with an antique train in an attic filled with items found throughout the story. Older preschoolers and early elementary-aged children will enjoy this one.
Join a baby and his stuffed animal friends on a rollicking, rhyming train ride. This one is great for babies, wobblers and toddlers who will love the repetitive refrain and alliteration of "jiggle joggle jee!"
The childhood song "Down by the Station" is beautifully depicted in this fun, colorful book by Will Hillenbrand. Sing along and pay close attention to the pictures as the train picks up new animal passengers on its way to the children's zoo. There's just the right amount of drama as the end passengers' car breaks lose and plummets into a small pond. They are quickly rescued and hurry to rejoin the head of the train as it rolls along the track.
This is a fantastic book that toddlers and preschoolers just love! There's just the right amount of text for a younger audience and rhythmic refrain of "Chugga-chugga Choo-choo/ Whistle blowing/ Whoooooooo! Whooooooooo!!" begs for repeated reading-aloud. This story follows a toy train's busy day and Daniel Kirk's color-saturated, dramatic computer-aided illustrations are full of shine and life.
The train rolls down the track going, "Click clack, clickerty clack." Along the journey each of the train cars inhabitants add their own sounds to the symphony of the train. The highlight is at the end when a parrot who had been carefully listening the whole time repeats all of the wonderful sounds heard.
A girl goes on an overnight train ride with Mr. Barnes, her stuffed rabbit, to visit her grandparents. The story joggles between real and imaginary scenes. Young children who've had the experience of riding on a train - and those who anticipate such an event - are sure to enjoy.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
School Library Journal's book review editors have also recently published their list of the best books of 2008. Check out this list here: School Library Journal's Best Books 2008.
This is the kind of book that many parents will appreciate and relate to - especially right after any holiday gift-giving frenzy. Spencer is a boy with - as the title implies - too many toys. He gets toys on birthdays, holidays, at friends' birthday parties, from kids meals, for being brave at the dentist and doctor, and even for the 4th of July! When Spencer's mother demands that he fill a box with toys to give away, David Shannon's color-saturated illustrations aptly depict the panic Spencer feels at this proposition. With every suggested toy to donate, Spencer can easily come up with a reason to keep it. After much debate, mom and son come to an agreement and Spencer finds toys he can live without...that is, all except one - the best toy of all. And what do you think this must-have toy is???
Monday, December 15, 2008
Hanukkah! by Roni Schotter with illustrations by Marilyn Hafner (Little, Brown Children, 2008)
On the eighth and final day of Hanukkah, a family is busy lighting the menorah, making dreidels and decorations, preparing latkes, and sharing in song, food and celebration. A brief explanation of Hanukkah is given in a note at the end of the book.
The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll (Marshall Cavendish, 2008)
Author Steven Kroll ahs written numerous holiday books and his newest addition, The Hanukkah Mice, is another great addition to the genre. In The Hanukkah Mice a young girl receives a dollhouse for her first Hanukkah gift. As she and her family continue to celebrate Hanukkah, a family of mice enjoy their own holiday celebration in her new dollhouse. Miniature latkes are prepared and served alongside applesauce in tiny dishes; a miniature menorah is placed in the dollhouse; and the holiday is wonderfully celebrated by both big (human) and tiny (mouse) families alike.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
"From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester! The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry. Interviewing parents, kids, teachers, and experts, journalist Peg Tyre drills below the statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. But this passionate, clearheaded book isn't an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers the testimony of teachers and school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time. This book is a manifesto for change--one we must undertake right away lest school become, for millions of boys, unalterably a "girl thing."--From publisher description.
This book follows the author, Peg Tyre's previous article in a 2006 cover story on "The Boy Crisis" in Newsweek. A September 8, 2008 article, "Struggling School-Age Boys" in Newsweek can be accessed here.
Are you an educator, child care provider or parent of boys? What do you think?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
That's Not My Snowman...by Fiona Watt (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)
This touch and feel board book is irresistible for little eyes and hands. I shared this with a group of one-year-olds this morning and they just could not resist interacting with this snowman book. New copies of this board book can be found at the library in the board book bins.
Lists everything that one needs to build the perfect snowman, from the very first snowflake that falls. Great for building narrative skills!
Kelly doesn't know how to ice skate. But, fortunately, she meets a magical snowman who teaches her that with a little help and patience, wonderful things can happen!
Two children enjoy sledding, skiing, making tracks, building a snowman, and other activities in the snow. This early reader is lots of fun to share with preschoolers and young school-aged kids.
If you're looking for snow-themed crafts and activities, try:
Preschool Snowman Arts & Crafts from Everything Preschool.com http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/snowmen/art.htm
Winter Fun: Snowmen Snacks & Crafts from Family Fun online:
Monday, December 8, 2008
Many a small child is fascinated by things that go and what makes things turn. Wheels! This fantastic book introduces a variety of wheels with great cut-paper illustrations and very simple text. Certain to be enjoyed by fans of transportation and curious young minds. This would also be a useful title to use to prompt conversations about wheels, how they are used and how they work to make things move. A simple math lesson could even follow.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
http://www.lil-fingers.com/: Lil' Fingers Storybooks is a site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks and coloring pages.
http://www.literacycenter.net/lessonview_en.htm: Literacy Center Play & Learn - get to know letters, numbers, colors, shapes and more.
http://www.preschoolexpress.com/toddler_station.shtml Preschool Express: Toddler Station offers a wealth of activities to enrich your toddler's day.
http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/: Preschool Rainbow provides ideas and inspiration for early childhood educators, care providers and parents alike!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall (Henry Holt and Company, 2008)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Mr. Bungles is late for school and he's the teacher! He rushes like mad to get to school in time...will he make it? This is a great read-aloud that begs for children to chime in. "I missed the train. I won't make a fuss. Down the street, I can catch the....bus!" Children will quickly pick up on the rhyming and anticipate what Mr. Bungles will try next to reach his destination. A fun twist on the daily struggle of getting to school on time!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
In this delightfully simple book, monkeys, mice, snakes, frogs, cats, camels, beetles and more share different ways of being nice to each other. Share this book with someone you think is nice!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Rufus and his canine friends star in a show about rhymes. Silly sounds, familiar rhymes, and illustrations with hidden pictures all make for a fun read-aloud with young children! This book contains familiar rhymes such as "Diddle Diddle Dumpling" and tongue-twisters like "Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers", along with several less familiar but wonderful early childhood rhymes. Iza Trapani is also the author/illustrator of other traditional rhyme books, including Froggie Went A'Courtin' and Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The book featured above is 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban (Greenwillow Books, 1987).
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The day has just begun for a baby and his mother, but already the world is full of sounds! Each page contains beautiful cut paper/collage illustrations and simple rhyming text ("There's a chill outside; Mommy puts on my cap. She closes my jacket, snap, snap, snap.") depicting the day's activities. Included in the images is additional sounds the little boy can hear in each scene: "whoosh! flitter, flutter, woof, woof!, purr, purr, snap, snap". Children will enjoy the variety of sounds, and it is a gentle reminder of how interesting and full the day becomes when one pays attention to the sounds around him. Focusing on the sounds and rhymes on each page also helps build a child's phonological awareness. The next time you take a walk, make it a point to listen to the variety of sounds you and your child can hear!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tyrannosaurus Rex is bad! T. Rex taunts the reader - Are you bad? I'm really bad - and tries to display just how mean and bad he really is in this great new story from the picture book duo, Kate and Jim McMullan. Children may remember the McMullans from their previous successful books, I'm Dirty, I'm Mighty, and I Stink! Fans of dinosaurs will want to read this one again and again.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tired of living in a haunted house, a young witch captures, washes, and turns her pesky ghosts into curtains and a tablecloth.
(Summary courtesy of Syndetics)
The vivid illustrations are top-notch. This is a fun, not-too-scary Halloween-themed picture book that toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Parks & Recreation is once again hosting a Children's Halloween Party. This fun event gives kids ages 2-10 years a chance to show off their costumes at a party designed especially for them. The party is held in the dark, but not too spooky, parking garage of the Corvallis Library. Healthy refreshments are provided. Lots of games to choose from, where kids can win trinkets. The entire family is invited to attend and encouraged to dress in costume. If you'd like to volunteer at the party, please call Deb Curtis at 766-6918.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
(Dutton Children's Books, 2008)
In Market Day, we follow the Benson family (from The Milkman) to an apple farm as they rise early in the morning to prepare for the farmer's market. As the early morning sun rises, the Bensons shuffle around to fill their farm truck with freshly picked apples. Unfortunately, as they hurry to get ready for market day, the Bensons not only forget to feed the cow, but also fail to close the gate to their farm as they drive away. What ensues is comedy, as one very hungry cow heads to the market herself, looking for her meal! Carol Foskett Cordsen's text has great rhyme and rhythm, which makes for a good read-aloud. Paired with Jones' vintage-style illustration, this book is a good one to share in fall, farm, and market-themed storytimes.
Is your child is ready for the social and academic challenges of the early school years? If your child is age 2 to 7 - either in their early school years or not yet started - this class is for you.
This reading and school readiness course helps parents teach their children the skills they need to succeed in school. Led by a skilled parent educator, a fun and fast-paced program will take place over four Saturday sessions in November. Based on The Incredible Years, a curriculum that has been researched and proven effective, the class uses short video clips to illustrate parent/child interactions and kick-off discussion. You will come away with many activities to do at home to stimulate your child’s creativity, expand their vocabulary and boost their pre-reading skills. Learn what activities will expand your child’s attention span, and how you can promote understanding of numbers, colors and shapes. In addition, you’ll learn how to support the development of friendship skills such as being cooperative, sharing, helping, waiting and taking turns.
● Dates: Saturday, November 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2008
● Time: 11:15 – 1:15 (Bring a sack lunch!)
● Location: Albany Public Library, 1390 Waverly Drive SE, Albany, Oregon
● To register call The Children’s Room at the Library: 917-7591
This program is made possible through a partnership with Albany Public Library and Linn-Benton Community College, Parenting Education Department.
Originally posted by LBCC on the PEC - Parenting and Education Connection listserv.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It's soccer season and Biggie Bear is just what the team needs! No matter the fact that Biggie Bear is not athletic. In fact, he happily spends his days collecting stamps, listening to jazz, and enjoying time alone. But when Brown Dog comes down with fleas, the town's soccer team needs Biggie Bear to step in. Everyone is in for a treat on (and off) the soccer field - learning about each other's own unique gifts.
Other books about soccer for little athletes:
Froggy Plays Soccer by Jonathan London (Viking, 1999)
Although Froggy is very excited when his Dream Team plays for the city soccer championship, he makes a mistake on the field that almost costs the team the game.
Morgan Plays Soccer by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Paul Meisel (HarperCollins, 2001)
Morgan Brownbear has trouble playing soccer until his coach, Mr. Monkey, finds the perfect position for him.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
In Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray (Crown, 1994) , a young girl and her family spend a fall day picking apples with others from their small town.
To find a local pick-your-own farm, visit: http://www.pickyourown.org/.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
This class is made possible through a partnership of the Corvallis School District, LBCC Parenting Education Department and the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis.
The Incredible Years Parenting Program
A 10 week class beginning October 14 in Corvallis
Are you frustrated that you and your child seem to clash over the same things over and over? Does it sometimes seem like you spend your days saying no rather than enjoying your children? Would you like some ideas about ways to help your children understand their feelings or manage conflict with peers?
This 10 session class is designed for parents of children ages 3 -10 and will help you develop a variety of strategies for relationship building and positive discipline. Even in these early years you can start preventing difficulties in adolescence by enriching your nurturing relationship with your child and increasing your children’s social skills and conflict management techniques.
The Incredible Years is a proven effective curriculum which uses video vignettes of parent/child interactions, discussion and home activities to teach a variety of ways to improve communication and increase the effectiveness of discipline. The class will be taught by experienced parent educator DaNette Wernette.
Begins Tuesday, October 14 6:00 - 8:00 PM
At the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis
Free child care provided
Tuition - $63 (a limited number of partial scholarships available) Pre-registration required Call now to register or inquire about tuition assistance: 917-4949 Download scholarship application at:
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
For more information about A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village, click here.
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Monday, September 29, 2008
"Toddling Toward Reading," the 10th episode of the award-winning "Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers" series, focuses on how to get children ready to start school.
Host Reba McEntire takes a look at outstanding programs across the country that are finding success in nurturing early literacy skills, including the national health project Reach Out and Read, Chicago's Parker Child-Parent Center, Georgia's Coralwood Diagnostic Center, and Dr. Rebecca Palacios' preschool program in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Reach Out and Read (ROR), a national organization that has folded literacy development into the practices of pediatricians across the country, encourages parents to read at least 30 minutes a day with their children. "Learning to read is much more than a set of skills you get in school. There is a whole foundation that gets built over the first years of life," says Dr. Robert Needlman with Reach Out and Read (Reading Rockets, 2008)
Oregon Public Broadcasting will be airing the program on KOPB on Saturday, October 4th, at 6:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Building a House by Byron Barton
One of Byron Barton's best books for little ones! Clear, colorful, bold illustrations and simple text depict the building of a house on a hill for a small family. A great beginning book on the subject.
A Day in the Life of a Builder (Dorling Kindersley Readers, Level 1) by Linda Hayward
Jack Dale is building five new houses. One is for the Wilson family. Will the Wilsons like their new house? This unique Level 1 series accurately portrays real-life situations that help young children identify with and learn from while helping them improve their reading skills. (summary from Syndetics Solutions, LLC)
Monday, September 22, 2008
~Emilie Buchwald, publisher and founder of Milkweed Editions.
What's your favorite book to share with your child?
What was your favorite book when you were a child? We'd love to hear from you! Leave us a comment. We'll feature your recommendations on the Library's web site!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
A mother visiting Paris brings back to her daughter all her best memories, of the beautiful fountains, the sparkling Seine, parks like paintings, and paintings like parks in
The Moon Was the Best by Charlotte Zolotow.
Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock
Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman
Hugo & Miles in: I've Painted Everything! by Scott Magoon
La La Rose by Satomi Ichikawa