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Early Literacy Challenge: First. Next. Last.

Challenge yourself to read, sing, talk, play and write with your child in new ways this week!

Read: Use books to teach your child about sequencing. Books about games, routine and recipes emphasize the order in which things happen. Try The Napping House and Bee-Bim Bop.

Sing: Share songs that are about order -- Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan. Fry a pancake, toss a pancake, catch it if you can!

Talk: Ask your child to talk about his daily routine. What do you do first? What do you do last? Make connections with the books you share. What happened in Hide and Seek?

Play: Act out stories and songs. Acting out and retelling stories will help your child learn the concepts of beginning, middle and end. Try this with an old favorite like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

Write: Have your child tell you a story. Write it down as she tells it, and then read it together to make connections between the spoken and written word.

Using words like first, next and last will help your child understand the order in which things take place. Seeing the steps involved in a recipe or a daily routine develops the important math concept of sequencing.

(content provided by early literacy expert and Outreach Librarian, Laura Kennett)


The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Amazon Says: A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing--WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So p more...
Amazon Says: A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing--WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that's truly like no other. Don and Audrey Wood's beloved picture book has sold more than one and a half million copies. To celebrate its birthday, the original hardcover book now has a fresh new design for both the jacket and interior, and the reproduction of the illustrations has been enhanced to better match the original artwork. A CD is tucked into a sleeve on the inside the front cover. The music, originally produced in 1989, is based on the book and was written and performed by children's musicians Carl and Jennifer Shaylen. The CD begins with a reading of the story and follows with six original songs that are just as fun, jaunty, and sweet as the book itself. less...
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Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry more...
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean American family. Even young readers who aren’t familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food. Includes author’s own recipe. less...
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Hide & Seek by Il Sung Na
Amazon Says: As Elephant counts from one to ten, all the animals find special places to hide. When it's time to seek, will he be able to find everyone . . . even Chameleon? Like Na's prev more...
Amazon Says: As Elephant counts from one to ten, all the animals find special places to hide. When it's time to seek, will he be able to find everyone . . . even Chameleon? Like Na's previous books, Hide & Seek offers rich illustrations, bright colors, and a simple, spare text—all wrapped up in a beautiful kid-friendly package. Elephant counts from one to ten in big, bold numerals, and there's an additional butterfly on each spread, giving readers something to count as the story goes along. Kids will also love spotting the camouflaged chameleon on every page! less...
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Amazon Says: An old favorite as you've never seen it before! Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who's ever seen more...
Amazon Says: An old favorite as you've never seen it before! Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who's ever seen what's going on inside the old lady's stomach? With this inventive die-cut artwork, Simms Tabak gives us a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem. less...
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Amazon Says: In this delightful bedtime story, a young bear tells his mama all about his exciting day in reverse inspiring little listeners to do the same. Just before going to bed more...
Amazon Says: In this delightful bedtime story, a young bear tells his mama all about his exciting day in reverse inspiring little listeners to do the same. Just before going to bed, Timmy Bear and his mama play a game they call Tell Me the Day Backwards. Timmy tries to remember everything that happened to him that day in reverse, from watching the sunset on the hill to the picnic supper before that, from being chased by bees to finding honey in an old tree stump, all the way back to waking up that morning from his winter-long hibernation. Albert Lamb and David McPhail spin a charming bedtime story sure to have parents and children sharing their own day backwards with each other. less...
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There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora
Amazon Says: A favorite children's song becomes a colorful book filled with African wildlife Also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around," this popular song has been recorded by artist more...
Amazon Says: A favorite children's song becomes a colorful book filled with African wildlife Also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around," this popular song has been recorded by artists from Barney to Captain Kangaroo. Now "the prettiest tree that you ever did see" is a lovely acacia tree, where a baby starling is just about to hatch. Rachel Isadora gives children a fun, easy way to follow along with the cumulative lyrics by using rebus icons for the repeated words, as she did with 12 Days of Christmas. Sheet music is also included, making this irresistible fun! less...
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