We recently featured nonsense poet Edward Lear on the blog. If you and your child loved the sound of Lear, try your own hand at writing a limerick, a fairly easy form of rhyming poem that he popularized. A limerick is five lines long; the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme, but are usually shorter. It is rhythmic and often funny or naughty. Read More..
My Dad’s favorite poet was not Shakespeare, Shelley, or Stevenson, not Blake, Byron, or Browning. He was not after the sublime in his poetry, but rather the silly. And that silliness was provided by master of nonsense Edward Lear. You may be familiar with Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat. Check it and his other poems out in the following books: Read More..
Reading nursery rhymes with your little one is a great way to start their journey with poetry and language. We recently shared our favorite books of Mother Goose, but that’s only the beginning. There is so much more out there than the old classics that we’re all familiar with. If you want to refresh your reading routine, Read More..
Poetry can sometimes feel a little intimidating, so how can you celebrate National Poetry Month (April) with your little ones? Start with the least intimidating poems of all: Mother Goose. In addition to the joy these simple poems bring us, studies have shown that pre-schoolers who learn them become better readers Read More..
Today, we revel in the noise of everyday. Your kids will love reading a-“loud” with you.
Trucks Go by Steve Light
Your throat will be hoarse after you rumble, walump, screech, crunch, and honk your way through this book. Read More..
Have you spent a lot of time with Mo Willems?
Is one of your favorite picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? What about Knuffle Bunny? After years reading those, did you graduate to Elephant and Piggie and Cat the Cat? Are you the kind of hard core fan who’s even read the non-series titles like Read More..
I’ve been collecting books for my daughter since before she was born (thank you, Friends of the Library book sales!). She has a big bookcase full of them arranged by what I considered age-appropriateness. Turns out I know nothing about what is age-appropriate for a one-year-old. Read More..
The best wildlife photographers in the world aren’t always adults. Get inspired by award-winning child photographers in Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 20. If you like animals or photography, check out the stunning images taken by kids in three categories: 15-17 years old, 11-14 years old, and under 10 years old (as well as adults). It will make you wonder Read More..
Last time we talked about board books to take advantage of your toddler’s energy. For those with children who are slightly older, but still energetic, try these picture books to get them (and you) moving. Read More..
Did you know the Library has collection of picture books based on well-known children’s songs? These books allow you to explore the worlds of reading and singing at the same time and are especially good for reluctant readers because of the familiarity. You’ll find these books shelved in non-fiction: j 782.42 and j 782.4216. Here are some of my favorites: Read More..