I am excited to introduce you to two newly expanded collections in the Children’s Room: Read-Along Audiobooks and Spanish Language Picture Books.
The read-alongs are picture books that come with a CD that reads the book aloud. Tones indicate when the pages are to be turned, so the child can follow along with the text. These read alongs are terrific resources for developing early literacy skills. These “early literacy skills” are the things that kids understand about books and words long before they learn to read on their own. Read-along books help kids learn to match text to sounds, a vital skill for the future. They also promote independence and a love of reading – the perfect combination! Listen along with titles like I Stink by Kate McMullan, Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, and the Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems.
Spanish speakers and Spanish learners will love our new Spanish Language picture books. Our old Spanish language books were getting dusty in a back corner, so we’ve added new titles and moved the whole collection to a much more prominent location. The new titles include concept books like Grande Y Pequeño and ¡Fiesta!, as well as many contemporary favorites like Olivia y Las Princesas and Ardilla Miedosa (Scaredy Squirrel). We also have a whole new selection of toddler books in Spanish, which are perfect for introducing a second language or reinforcing what is spoken at home. Young children’s brains are making new connections every day, and the more words they hear the better equipped they will be when it comes time to learn to read – both in English and Spanish.
The new read-along picture books are located in the Audio Visual section of the Children’s Room, on the shelf above the DVDs. Look for the Spanish Language picture books in the Link display area, on your left as you come into the Children’s Room. We will continue to expand both of these collections as time goes by. We hope you enjoy them!