August 27, 2016

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26 Forward-Thinking Programs for Back to School

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From a picture-book presidential election to a course in cleaning up digital footprints, designer garment upcycling, and TOEFL test prep, these initiatives pack a powerful impact.

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Early Learning’s Pay Gap | Editorial

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We depend on and say we value the people who care for our kids in their earliest years—in day-care centers and in home-based child care. Yet we expect them to work for a pittance. It’s time to invest in our kids’ first teachers.

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When Librarians Teach Teachers

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Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

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Welcome to Readialand

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A bold new movement embraces tech’s potential to support early literacy across income levels.

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Never Too Young To Code

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Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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The Importance of Being Little | Professional Shelf

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Access to universal prekindergarten education has found a place on the agendas of top political leaders, but do we really understand what our youngest learners need to thrive in a school setting?

Reading Picture Books With Children: An Interview with Megan Dowd Lambert | Professional Shelf

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In her book Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, Megan Dowd Lambert demonstrates how the very young can engage in sophisticated discussions about design elements that add meaning to text.

Moderate Screen Time OK for Tots, AAP Now Says

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The American Academy of Pediatrics’ updated recommendations on young children’s media use advise moderation.

Barbara Carle, Cofounder of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Has Died at 76

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Barbara Carle, an educator who served as the first board chair of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, died on September 7 in North Carolina, following a brief illness. She was 76.

Let’s Build a More Physically Active World | Editorial

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Study after study shows that kids thrive when they get the play and exercise they need. Like grown-ups, they are happier, sleep better, and even learn better. So, why do we increasingly encourage a sedentary lifestyle?

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ABDO Launches Database Series for Pre-K–2

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Abdo Zoom, a database covering 160 animal species for Pre-K–2 learners, will debut in August.

Canciones y Cuentos: Songs and Rhymes for Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

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Lullabies, nursery rhymes, clapping songs, and lap bounces sung en español are ideal ways to introduce all children to the beauty and sheer joy of song. Tim Wadham recommends titles and songs for bilingual and Spanish-language storytimes.

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Where Families Play: Dynamic Early Learning Spaces

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These innovative public library destinations for young children and their caregivers are places for reading, romping, and learning.

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Bringing Fred Rogers Forward

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The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media carries on the life work of this beloved educational icon.

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Warren Buckleitner Curates a Starter Set of Apps

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You might say that the iPad’s been cursed by its own success—full of mid-to-low quality apps that tease kids with free offers. Here’s a starter list of better apps, with something for every youngster.

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Brooklyn Public Library’s Texting Initiative for Early Literacy

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In a no-cost program with strong potential, Brooklyn Public Library messages parents and caregivers with suggestions to get pre-K children talking, reading, and learning.

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Surprise—It’s STEM for Toddlers!

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These sorting, stacking, and other hands-on activities in libraries support math and science learning. Also: a STEM storytime booklist for toddlers and online resources for teaching pre-K STEM.

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Closing the 30 Million-Word Gap

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Pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind has become an emerging leader in the science of language development and a partner with the Chicago Public Library in a venture to create new interactive learning spaces.

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Early Learning and “Law & Order”

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Greater outreach and a holistic approach to early learning characterizes initiatives such as Too Small to Fail, which seeks to place literacy-positive images in prime-time TV shows. A far-reaching outward focus is taking hold in library programs as well.

Perfect Partners: Libraries and the Nationwide Pre–K Movement

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As studies increasingly show that early learning supports later student achievement, financial investment on the national, state, and local level has increased. Libraries are showing that they can be ideal partners in this effort.

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