Tiggly Words mixes touch-screen apps with real-world manipulatives to deliver a hybrid learning experience focused on long and short vowels.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
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.
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.
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.
A new study on the historic impact of the series also shows that watching “Sesame Street” may still be one of the most cost-effective ways to help kids, particularly those who start out economically disadvantaged, succeed later in school.
A curriculum from Vinci, available to parents by subscription, promises to “inspire the genius” in young children. Public libraries have actually been offering remote services to families for a while now, maintains Lisa Kropp, who further considers the notion of virtual preschool.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Along with singing, rhyming, and clapping, the popular Guerrilla Storytime sessions at ALA addressed scenarios librarians might face: emotional children, an ambulance appearing outside the window, or a power outage.
These 39 new board books were all published in the second half of 2014. They include concept books, stories, titles new to the board book format, and a few recommended titles in Spanish.
This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
The Manhattan hospital’s far-reaching implementation of this early literacy initiative, in which pediatricians hand out books to babies and young children during checkups, is changing lives.
This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
SLJ has posted a report of Martha and my presentation in Ohio last week of what makes for a good preschool book. Look for Kevin Henkes’ excellent speech from that event on our site on Monday.
Selecting Children’s Books: A Reader’s Advisory by ‘The Horn Book’ Editors | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014
Humorous quips and nursery rhymes punctuated the lively reader’s advisory discussion at the recent “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event in Ohio.
On September 19, the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library hosted the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book with Robert Needlman proclaiming tears, Kevin Henkes talking about his children being “built by books,” and Case Western University’s Robert Fischer talking big data.
Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read, says there is no panacea for childhood literacy. At the early literacy conference, presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book, at Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library on September 19, he surfaces what can help.
The adult-child relationship is the foundation of healthy, early child development, including early literacy skills, and print books—not ebooks—invite and sustain parent-child interaction and the personal and intimate experience of sharing and talking through reading.
When new media tools are expertly selected and appropriately used with children, such tools can support and enhance adults’ role in supporting development of the whole child, especially three- to eight-year-olds.