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.
From “Different Families” to “Different Expectations,” a selection of titles for the sub five-year-old set that showcase “different” in a positive, broad, or subtle way, curated by SLJ First Steps columnist Lisa G. Kropp.
These innovative public library destinations for young children and their caregivers are places for reading, romping, and learning.
Books that introduce the basic lessons of a child’s experince—the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and more.
The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media carries on the life work of this beloved educational icon.
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.
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.
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.
Summer is the ideal time for audiobooks. With a break from classes, July and August allow time for relaxing when students can plug in their earbuds and choose their own reading.
The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.
A collection of young adult titles that address physical, emotional, and psychological health and disabilities.
Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.
Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.
Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.
We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.
Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.
Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs