Some fun websites that you can enjoy with your children:
- Chickadee Award
- Maine Student Book Award
- Free Rice
- We Give Books
- Storyline Online
- Online Storytime
- Read To Me
- Robert Munsch Audio Books (Listen online or Download)
- Tumble Books
- Leading to Reading
- Learn To Read
- National Geographic Young Explorers
- Play & Learn (Try this is Spanish, German, or French for fun!)
- Count Us In
- Britannica Online Learning Zone (use MARVEL! for home access)
5 Tips for a Successful Trip to the Library with a Toddler - Simple tips for preparing your toddler for their first visit to the library.
Ten read-aloud commandments - from Mem Fox author and retired Associate Professor of Literary Studies.
"47 Charming Facts About Children's Books" - Mental Floss YouTube video by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars.
10 Things Parents Can Do to Encourage Their Children to Read More - Tongue-in-cheek from Dan Gutman
Fizz, Boom, Read! is the theme for the summer reading program. See the Story Time page for Summer Reading Calendar and exciting activities for kids and their parents.
Google Maker Camp "Make" magazine and Google are hosting a virtual Maker Camp for teenagers (students under 13 can participate with adult supervision). The virtual camp starts on Monday, July 7th at 11am PST. Maker Camp is a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring new DIY projects that students can do at home as individual projects or as group projects. A new project is posted each day. Daily Google+ Hangouts will offer tips for completing each project. Students can share their projects in the Maker Camp Google+ Community. Maker Camp runs for six weeks.
|Best Book Award Winners for 2014|
The Chickadee Award
The Maine Children's Choice Picture Book Project
Maine Student Book Award
Determined by Maine students in grades
by R.J. Palacio
Awarded annually by ALS to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Awarded annually by ALS to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
I Can Read!: 100 Tips for Beginning Readers Discover one hundred fun activities and tips to help children become enthusiastic readers in this new guide from I Can Read! Download for FREE as an eBook or as a pdf.
Also available on the Nook. Ask to borrow at the library Desk.
Raising Readers promotes a love of books and reading by giving books to Maine children at birth and at each well child visit through age five. Like Raising Readers on Facebook to get tips on reading to your children.
We agree with Geek Dad that "few things that you do are more important than reading to your kids early and often. The social science is in, vocabulary is a major predictor of cognitive development in your children. Reading to them is a great way to get them using the language centers of their brain. Plus some of the best times we have had with our children have come while watching their eyes glisten as Harry looks in the Mirror of Erised or listening to their giggles as they discover the joys and absurdities of Shel Silverstein’s poetry. Reading aloud to your kids can be a blast."
This blog post is a wonderful list of books that are great readalouds -