March 22, 2018

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Cubetto: A Wooden Robot That Teaches Toddlers How to Code | Tech Review

The purposefully unstructured nature of Cubetto will make it a wonderful addition to pre-K and early elementary classrooms.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear? by Ashley Wolff | SLJ Review

WOLFF, Ashley. Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear? illus. by Ashley Wolff. 32p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481499163.

PreS –When night falls, the sweet and curious black bear cub and his mother go looking for food. Mama hunts and Baby Bear explores. “‘Where, oh where, is Baby Bear?’ calls Mama.” Readers won’t worry, because Wolff has hidden Baby Bear in the spread for them to find. “Here I am, Mama,” he replies each time. The sky subtly darkens as […]

Before & After by Jean Jullien | SLJ Review

JULLIEN, Jean. Before & After. illus. by Jean Jullien. 40p. Phaidon. Mar. 2017. Board $12.95. ISBN 9780714874081.

Toddler-PreS –This book compares what things look like before and after different events occur. A cat is depicted before and after he is cleaned. Spaghetti is shown before and after it is cooked. Milk is shown before and after it is poured. This narrative uses repetition to assist readers in becoming familiar with the concept of sequence. The word before is written […]

New U.S. Department of Education Guidance on ESSA and Early Learning

The DOE has released guidance to help state and local decision makers maximize the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education.

Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano | SLJ Review

FOGLIANO, Julie. Old Dog Baby Baby. illus. by Chris Raschka. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596438538.

PreS-K –Those privileged to have known a mild-mannered dog, a martyr to baby love, a dog that will withstand any annoyance from an infant and still adore him, will appreciate this sweet story told in verse. Fogliano’s spare, pitch-perfect rhymes capture the joyful meeting between a blond-haired diapered baby and a shaggy dog on the kitchen floor. Simple […]

Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families

When she realized an entire community of 75 kids younger than five weren’t having their basic needs met, one determined children’s librarian worked a minor miracle in the form of a program called Play, Grow, and Learn.

California Teens Create Literacy Center—and a Brighter Future—for Preschoolers

High school students at Gateway Community School in San Mateo, CA, a school for those suspended or expelled from schools in their home districts, team up to help preschoolers in a local Head Start program.

Virtual Preschool? Believe It or not, It’s a Thing

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.

Read, Play, Grow!: Enhancing early literacy at Brooklyn Public Library

Research has long supported the importance of play in early literacy, yet many parents remain mystified about how to engage with young children in fun activities, particularly at the pre-verbal stage. Enter the library.