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Tips from the Library: Reading Aloud to Your Children

“Reading is important because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” – Tomie DePaola 1.    Read to your children frequently. In particular, babies’ and toddlers’ attentions will wander, but they can still hear you whether they seem to be paying attention to the books or not. They are [...]

February 22nd, 2012
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The Story of Holly and Ivy 1957, 1985

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden Christmas is about wishing – wishing for a special gift, wishing for snow, and, in the case of Holly and Ivy, wishing for something that is missing. Ivy, a tough little orphan, is wishing for a home. Holly, a beautiful but shy Christmas doll, is wishing [...]

December 12th, 2011
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The Baby Beebee Bird 1963, 2000

The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie; illustrated by Steven Kellogg I used to think that doing a library story time was pretty easy – you pick a few books, sit on a stool and read them to the kids. That was before I had done one. There is an art to recognizing a [...]

October 24th, 2011
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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices 1988

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is one of those books where the content is perfectly matched—and even amplified—by the format. It is a collection of poetry written to be read aloud by two people. The poems are arranged in two columns down the page, with [...]

September 19th, 2011
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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 2003

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 2003 by Mo Willems For a long time, my family has had pet parrots.  We’ve had as many as six living with us.  The largest, Plumpy, a big green parrot with a bright orange beak, behaves just like a cheeky toddler. When I first saw Mo Willems’ book [...]

July 25th, 2011