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Category: Early Literacy
"Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña – The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. This is the first time in ALA history that a picture has won this award, which is typically given to juvenile chapter books. In the book, a young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
"The War that Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – In this Newbery Honor Book, a young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
"Echo " by Pam Muñoz Ryan – A Newbery Honor Book. Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear" by Illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick – This book won the The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.
"Trombone Shorty" by Illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews – One of four Caldecott Honor Books. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
"Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement" by Illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford – This book is one of four Caldecott Honor Books. It presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.
"Last Stop on Market Street" by Illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña – One of four Caldecott Honor Books. In the book, a young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
"Gone Crazy in Alabama" by Rita Williams-Garcia – This title won the Coretta Scott King Book Award, which recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. In the book, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.
"Trombone Shorty" by Illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews – This title won the won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
"Bone Gap" by Laura Ruby – The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults was awarded to this title. Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
"Out of Darkness" by Ashley Hope Pérez – This title was one of two Printz Honor Books. Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.
"The Ghosts of Heaven" by Marcus Sedgwick – This title was one of two Printz Honor Books. Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.
"The Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music" by Illustrated by Rafael López and written by Margarita Engle – The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. The illustrator award was awarded to this title. This book follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there's never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.
"Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir" by Margarita Engle – The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. The author award was awarded to this title. Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author's life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother's native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.
"Don’t Throw It to Mo!" by Written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks – This book won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book. In this book, Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.
"A Pig, a Fox, and a Box" by Written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske – This title is one of three Geisel Honor books. After finding a box just the right size to hide in, a little fox tries to play some tricks on his big friend, Pig, but things do not work out exactly as he planned.
"Supertruck" by Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage – This title is one of three Geisel Honor books. When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?
22 awards were given out in total. For a full list of winners, visit the ALA website.
Categories: Books, Early Literacy, Reading
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Categories: Children, Early Literacy, Websites
What’s S.T.E.A.M.? It is an approach to education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics by providing kids with lots of hands-on activities and experiments. Each program will be designed to engage the imagination and stimulate the curiosity of our future computer programmers, scientists, mathematicians, artists and engineers.
S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Stations are planned for preschool children (ages 3-5) at 10:30am on the second Wednesday and the following Saturday of each month at our Wausau headquarters. Occasionally, other Preschool Story Times will feature S.T.E.A.M experiments and activities, too.
Additionally, monthly S.T.E.A.M. programs are being planned for school-age children (grades K-5), including events for tweens (grades 3-5) specifically.
We are following national recommendations by expanding our educational opportunities for children and providing additional activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. These free programs are intended to be fun, engaging and beneficial for your children as they grow into successful teens and adults.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, Children, Early Literacy
Books to Sing
The Seals on the Bus-Lenny Hort
Old McDonald Had a Farm-Jane Cabrera
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed-Eileen Christelow
My Very First Mother Goose-Iona Opie
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star-Jane Cabrera
The Itsy Bitsy Spider-Iza Trapani
The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band
Toddler Favorites Too!
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Songs for Wiggleworms
Categories: Children, Early Literacy, Parents
The first 1000 days of a child's life will influence his or her future academic achievement greatly. A child's brain is only about 25% developed at birth and develops to about 85% at age 3, or about 1000 days old. Marathon County's Early Years Coalition is taking proactive steps to ensuring parents have information and support for those first 1000 days so they raise great kids. The Wausau Daily Herald interviewed members of the coalition in the hopes of spreading the word about what parents can do to ensure their child is healthy, safe, ready for school, and great! Check out the links to other episodes and information to see how you can raise a great child in Marathon County.
New episodes will air Fridays until August 15. Visit http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/opinion/ for the latest videos.
Categories: Early Literacy, Children, Wausau Daily Herald
Your child needs positive human interaction to fully develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Human interaction includes simple tasks such as talking, singing, playing, writing and reading; the five suggested practices to get your child ready to read! Through human interaction, your child’s brain will develop to its fullest potential and he or she will feel loved and be more willing to learn, listen and grow.
How can you interact with your child? Below are a few ideas:
- Play with your child outside, or play make believe inside
- Talk with your child about his or her day, favorite color, or anything you can think of!
- Sing favorite songs, sing sentences in books, or make up silly songs that rhyme together
- Write your child's name, allow him or her to scribble with chalk, or draw pictures together
- Read books together, point out the letters in different signs you see outside, and read even more!
Wordless picture books are a great way to promote parent-child interaction. Books without words may seem intimidating and strange, but have your child tell the story based on the illustrations and ask different questions as you move through the story. Using wordless picture books will encourage your child to talk, interpret pictures, and use his or her imagination. Below is a list of wordless picture books (or books that contain very few words) that will encourage interaction through talking:
- "Banana!" by Ed Vere
- "Hug" by Jez Alborough
- "Where’s Walrus?" by Stephen Savage
- "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann
- "Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug!" by Mark Newgarden
- "Chalk" by Bill Thomson
- "Journey" by Aaron Becker
- "Pancakes for Breakfast" by Tomie de Paola
- "Mr. Wuffles" by David Wiesner
- "My Friend Rabbit" by Eric Rohmann
Categories: Children, Parents , Early Literacy
Helping your child get ready to read is easy! Just do one fun activity from this calendar each day. Plus, sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Ask your children's librarian for more tips and ideas to promote pre-reading skills in your child.
Categories: Children, Early Literacy