One-State, One-Children’s Book for 2013 is Woolbur written by Leslie Helakoski and illustrated by Lee Harper. Michigan Reads!, presented by the Library of Michigan features a book that promotes early childhood literacy. It encourages family bonding through reading. This year’s book selection features Woolbur, a very active lamb who finds original ways to accomplish everyday tasks. The story, the language, the joyfulness of Woolbur’s actions makes Woolbur a “go to” book for both children and older readers as they go about their own activities. Woolbur will be featured during our preschool story times during a week in September. A copy of Woolbur will be available to read at the library during September, so take a few moments to pause and share it with your children or grandchildren.
One State, One Children’s Book: Michigan Reads!
Building Early Literacy
The Public Library Association has been promoting Five Early Literacy Practices to Get Your Child Ready to Read! They are simple, fun, and can begin at birth. They are incorporated in our library story times, and parents and caregivers can easily include them every day and help their children build the skills needed to get ready to read, listen, and write. The five practices are:
Talking: Children learn about language by listening to people talk and by being part of the conversation. Very young children can understand spoken words long before they can speak them. Talk with them about many different things as you go about your daily routines.
Writing: Scribbling and drawing are necessary steps in developing eye-hand coordination and fine motor control. Even before a child can write letters and form words, scribbling and drawing are ways to represent spoken words and communicate information.
Reading: Reading together remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. Reading together develops vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge.
Singing: Singing helps children learn new words and develop listening and memory skills. Singing slows down language so children can hear the different words and learn about syllables.
Playing: Children learn about the world through play. Play helps children practice putting their thoughts into words. It also helps them process what they see and hear everyday.
Do plenty of talking, playing, reading, singing, and writing with your children every day and they will be gaining the skills they need to be successful in school and beyond.