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Family Reading Time – A collection of links

Once again, I try to round up some interesting links to interesting things online. The particular theme for today is reading as a family.

1. Reading to the Bump (A wonderfully informative article about reading to your baby before its even born)

2. Baby Book Bees (an observation turns into an initiative that turns into a grant on how to incorporate the under 1-year-olds into the reading blitz at the library)

3. Four Ways to Engage Parents and Families in Reading Time (Includes some fantastic reading tips for a diverse group of ages)

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Easy Reader Thursday: Urgency Emergency!

Title: Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf

Author: Dosh Archer

Format: Book – Easy Reader 1st & 2nd grade.

Source: Library

Find this book at your local library


When a wolf enters the emergency room choking on something, or rather someone, its all hands on deck to the rescue!


This is a rather cute addendum of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. The Big Bad Wolf has been brought to the hospital because he’s choking on a person! Who does that person end up being? Its a mystery until the end. I like this book as a vocabularly builder. The author defines a word within the dialogue, making it easy for the reader to follow along. The story is fun, suspenseful, and has a variety of interesting characters.

Every Thursday I’ll be featuring a different easy reader for the kids learning to read on their own. Please leave a comment with your thoughts, or recommendations.
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Picture Book Wednesday: Monsieur Saguette and his Baguette

Monsieur Saguette and his baguette

Monsieur Saguette and His Baguette

Author: Frank Asch

Format: Picture Books

Age: 3-5

Source: Library

Find this book at your local library


Monsieur Saguette has just finished making a hot bowl of carrot soup for lunch, when he realizes that he has no bread in the house. After purchasing one from the local bakery, he soon finds himself & his baguette helping the neighborhood in surprising ways.


This is a wonderful book about kindness, helping and bread. With his baguette, Monsieur Saguette helps a kitty come down from a tree, prevents an alligator from eating a baby, and helps a stalled parade, among other incidents. The light pastel tones of the illustrations are pleasing to the eye, along with the intimate views of his Paris neighborhood. The text is much too wordy for a storytime, but it will make for a great one-on-one read, lending itself readily to discussions about helping those in need in creative ways.


 Rise & Shine, A Challah-Day Tale

 The Very Helpful Hedgehog

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Baby Bookworm’s Books

The more he grows, the more his personality and taste in books is beginning to evolve. It’s quite a sight watching him sit and select which books to pull off of his bookshelf each and every morning. It’s usually the same 3 books, but every once in a while, he’ll pull out something new. If I ever want to distract him from climbing on the coffee table or playing with the TV cords, I just start reading from one of these books and he quickly comes over to me, ready to sit, listen and help turn the page. He’s quite a pro at turning the page, especially waiting until I finish the page (well…sometimes).

 Karen Katz’s Brand New Baby: Baby’s Numbers: Little A absolutely loves this book. Counting from 1 to 10, going from day to night, baby counts all the things that make up their busy day, from shoes, to noisy trucks to shining stars.

Nina Laden’s Peek-A Who? We discovered this book at my sister-in-law’s house, and it has quickly become a daily read for us. I didn’t hesitate to buy my own copy when we came back home. Little A will flip through this book, excitedly turn the pages, or better yet, peek through the hole in the page to see who is waiting to pop out at him. Owls start us off, but we peek cows, ghosts, trains and more. I like how eclectic it is. It’s not just farm animals, or vehicles. It’s a good mix of everything.

 DK’s Peek A Book Pop Up Farm. This is the book that got the ball rolling. You can pull down the flaps, and open them sideways to see who is hiding on the farm. This page, pictured on the left, is the first one where Little A learned to pull down the flap to see who was hiding behind the trees (hint…he goes Honk!). During 2 plane trips to Portland and Las Vegas, we read this book over 5x both directions, it kept the little guy occupied and entertaining on our laps for the duration of the flights. That’s no small feat with a 7-month-old.

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Picture Book Wednesday – Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng

Title: Ned's New Home 
Author: by Kevin Tseng
Format: Picture Book
Age Group: 0-3
Source: Library

Find this book at your local library


Ned the worm lives in a delicious red apple, until one day his home gets moldy and falls apart. Now Ned has to go in search of a new home, but each one he tries just isn’t the right fit.


This book is a wonderful blend of colors and fruit, with warm autumn tones and humorous text. Ned is a friendly looking worm, who just wants to find a new home. Each home he tries, from the tart lemon to the camouflage green kiwi just isn’t right. Kids can learn about colors and fruit in a very fun way. This book is great for a baby/toddler storytime as well due to the large illustrations and limited text. I would match this with songs such as “Way Up High in the Apple Tree” and “A Little Apple Seed” and the book Apple Pie ABC for a fun, fruity and seasonal storytime.


Every Wednesday I’ll be featuring a different picture book for ages ranging from infants to beginning readers. Please leave a comment with your thoughts, or recommendations.
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Board Book Tuesday – Peek A Who?


Title: Peek-A Who?

Author: Nina Laden

Format: Board Book

Source: My Copy

Find this book at your local library


Flip through the pages of this fun Pee-A-Boo book to see who is waiting to spring out at you!


This is a daily favorite in my household. My little bookworm actively grabs it off of his bookshelf, and will just sit and stare longingly at it until dad or I sit down and read it to him. He LOVES this book. It’s a great for infants, particularly those who love to play peek-a-boo, a great game for babies for a number of reasons.

In addition to just being fun, peek-a-boo is a great way to teach babies about object permanence, to help babies with their separation anxiety by showing them that mom/dad goes away and always comes back, it also helps babies learn to lead the game. My little one likes to pull the blanket up over his head and then yank it down when we say “peek-a-boo!”

What I like about this book is that it’s a layered book. You guess who is hiding based on the design of the page. Each hole in the page leads to the animal/object in hiding. There are ghosts, owls, cows, trains and more.

Every Tuesday I’ll be featuring a different board book for the babies. Please leave a comment with your thoughts, or recommendations.
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Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Blue chameleon

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Format: Picture Book

Age: 0 & up

Find this book at your local library

Chameleon is feeling blue, and lonely. So he sets out to find a new friend, changing himself into various shades and hues to match his company.

Emily Gravett’s books are wonderfully illustrated, with subtle hues and textures. It’s ideal for babies and baby storytime due to the bright colors, simple story and limited text per page. Parents will appreciate the dry humor and children can likewise learn about emotions based on Chameleon’s reactions to the rejections and indifferent looks from the different creatures he tries to bond with.

PS – Similar Titles

A Color Of His Own by Leo Lionni follows a similar story line of a chameleon who wants to stay one solid color, but finds that no matter what, he keeps changing. One day, he meets  a new friend, a fellow chameleon, and soon he realizes that he doesn’t need to stay one color. He can explore the world and share his experiences with his new friend.

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Wednesday Web of Links

Interesting links found around the web:


  1. 23 Resources for Getting Published in the library field
  2. Apply for an ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) Professional Award!
  3. A bookless Public Library Opens in Texas


  1. 21 Children’s Book Characters Born To Be Halloween Costumes
  2. Anne-of-Green-Gables-inspired-wedding-shoot (I wish I had thought to do this)

Education / Children’s Literacy

  1. How to Stop the Drop in American Education (support the common core)
  2. Growing Preschool Writers & Learners: 12 Basics
  3. Simple STEM At Storytime
  4. When A Great Book is Too Long For A Baby

Fun News!

  1. J. Crew Baby Clothes!


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LitMap Project – Find Books by their geographic location

Now this is an awesome resource I wish I knew about earlier! This is great for reader’s advisory, trip planning and more.

Explore the world through literature with the LitMap Project, the geographic book database. Books are mapped onto the LitMap by where they take place or the place they are about. We map nonfiction, fiction, mystery, science fiction, any kind of literature that can be associated with a specific geographic location. (

Visit the homepage and click on the map to find books about any of the pinned locations on the map. Click on the book covers in the pinmarks to find the books on Amazon. Registered LitMap users can add their favorite books to the map.

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“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” at the Arlington Library System

Books are one of Chloe Leitmann-Morales’s favorite things. She sorts through the full shelf in her family’s Arlington County living room, pulling out her choices one after another, then settles comfortably on almost any nearby lap. She’s ready to listen and follow along as her father, mother or grandmother reads about Dora the Explorer, different kinds of bellies or the dog Blue, in both English and Spanish.

Chloe has “read” more than 1,000 books. She is 2 years old.

Chloe is the poster-child for a fantastic literacy programs starting in Arlington, VA. The Arlington Library System has recently started a “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” campaign, encouraging children to read 1,000 books during their preschool years to fortify language skills, build vocabularies and lay the foundation for a lifelong love for literacy. What’s great is that it not only encourages reading and literacy, but it also relies on a strong network of family involvement. Because the children are often too young to read themselves, they are read to by their parents. This quality time strengths the bonds between parent and child, but reading aloud has an infinite number of benefits for children educational, and developmentally.

How does it work?

The library says everything counts — books read by family, story time at the library, e-books, rereading favorites — because it all adds up to language familiarity. The process is documented in reading logs that children are encouraged to keep and color, and participants receive stickers for every 100 books read.

Full post at Washington Post

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