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More Than Facts

Reading non-fiction books about the common and uncommon expands on knowledge and vocabulary. Bananas to Bangladesh- your children can connect to it all. Try a little bit of everything and build on your children's interests. Children have an amazing capacity for learning about what they like from dinosaurs to new languages.

Talk
Ask children about things they love. Grow that knowledge through conversation. Discover answers together by looking them up or asking Richland Library!

Play
Have children play at what fascinates them. Do they love stories about food? Have them play at shopping and cooking. Do they love facts about animals? Have them pretend to be a big elephant or a small snail.

Sing
Use songs and rhymes to introduce places, animals and weather.
Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep is in the meadow.
The cow is in the corn.
But where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack.
Fast asleep.

Write
Write down new words learned from the books you share. Let children write/scribble/draw the words along with you. Keep the list to three words at a time. Children tend to learn best through focus and repetition.

Read


Amazon Says: What we wear can identify who we are: what team we play for or what team we root for, where we go to school, how we worship, or how we represent our heritage. What we wear exp more...
Amazon Says: What we wear can identify who we are: what team we play for or what team we root for, where we go to school, how we worship, or how we represent our heritage. What we wear expresses our individuality, and clothes can make us happy, confident, and proud. Whether it’s a piper in a tartan plaid, a cowpoke in a cowboy hat, or a novice in ceremonial face paint, children everywhere wear different clothes and accessories for different reasons. But, one thing they all have in common is that they are all unique and beautiful. A celebration of clothing in bright, beautiful photographs of exuberant children from around the world, WHAT WE WEAR: DRESSING UP AROUND THE WORLD inspires young readers to explore the way clothing makes them feel and how it tells the world who they are. Backmatter encourages young readers to explore the way people dress in other countries and other cultures at folk festivals, at museums, and at home by asking about their own family heritage. less...
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Stars! Stars! Stars! by Bob Barner
Amazon Says: In this lively book, award-winning author-artist Bob Barner takes readers on a ride through outer space to visit distant planets and dazzling stars. The simple rhyming text an more...
Amazon Says: In this lively book, award-winning author-artist Bob Barner takes readers on a ride through outer space to visit distant planets and dazzling stars. The simple rhyming text and colorful torn-paper collage illustrations make this book perfect for the very youngest readers, and the Meet the Planets and Meet the Galaxy sections, both bursting with facts, will engage older readers as well. Stars! Stars! Stars! will rocket aspiring stargazers right out of this world! less...
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Amazon Says: Featuring playful illustrations and small vignettes of text, Animals and their Families crosses continents and habitats to introduce children to nearly three dozen land-, sea- more...
Amazon Says: Featuring playful illustrations and small vignettes of text, Animals and their Families crosses continents and habitats to introduce children to nearly three dozen land-, sea-, and tree-dwelling animals including gazelles, penguins, owls, and more. Each spread is rich with information and will help a child explore the animal kingdom in many simple and accessible ways. A new creature is introduced in silhouette, while the facing page shows that same creature in its natural habitat, playing with, caring for, or teaching its young. All members of the animal family — male and female, adult and baby — are illustrated in warm colors and identified by the proper term. Small bits of text share the sound each animals makes, where it lives, and what it eats with young readers. Animals and their Families is a must-have book for any young child curious about the animal kingdom. less...
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Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
Amazon Says: In this spectacular photo-illustrated book, a plucky red-eyed tree frog searches for something to eat--and avoids the many dangers of the rain forest. Vibrant images and an en more...
Amazon Says: In this spectacular photo-illustrated book, a plucky red-eyed tree frog searches for something to eat--and avoids the many dangers of the rain forest. Vibrant images and an engaging, simple text reveal the world of the tree frog and the wonder of Earth's creatures, large and small. Full color. less...
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Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Amazon Says: Calling all fruit fanatics! Cheer for healthy eating in this fresh and delectable follow-up to Rah, Rah, Radishes! Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Savor the f more...
Amazon Says: Calling all fruit fanatics! Cheer for healthy eating in this fresh and delectable follow-up to Rah, Rah, Radishes! Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Savor the flavors. Find fruity shapes! Blackberries. Blueberries. Bag a bunch. Strawberry season? Let’s munch-a-munch!      Get ready to go bananas at the market, where the aisles are filled with eye-popping displays of delicious and nutritious fruits. Ripe with a raucous rhyming text and bushels of eye-popping farmer’s market photos, this picture book celebrates the joys of healthy eating. Children will be chanting along in no time—and trying to snatch fruity snacks right off the pages! less...
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Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris
Amazon Says: A hat can say a lot about what people do, about where they live, and about who they are. There's a lot more under a hat than just a head! Dazzling photographs combine with a s more...
Amazon Says: A hat can say a lot about what people do, about where they live, and about who they are. There's a lot more under a hat than just a head! Dazzling photographs combine with a simple text to explore the world in a unique and dramatic way.Perfect for introducing other lands and people and for food, clothing, and shelter units. less...
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