The Children's Room

Welcome to 2011… and the Children's Room Blog!

It may be cold and blustery outside but the winter is warming up in the Children’s Room.  We have added new story times, planned some wonderful Sunday afternoon visitors and, as always, we have lots of books to read and take home. Our shelves are bursting with the newest titles in picture books, juvenile fiction and teen books, too.  We will be updating a list of these new books each month.  Check it out and then check them out! 

On January 10, 2001, the American Library Association announced this year’s children’s book award winners.  The Newbury Award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The winner this year is Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. The honor book is Turtle in Paradise by Judith L. Holm. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee  illustrated by Erin E. Stead.  The honor book is Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier. (Click on the title you would like and we will link you to the online catalog.)

Wanna Play?   During the winter it is often more difficult to play outside. Need ideas for simple, fun indoor activities for your young child?  What about a song or rhyme for bath time?  A recipe for play dough?  We have all of those and more. Try this the next time you are stuck inside…

Crayon Cookies (not edible)

Materials:       broken crayons            cupcake liners

1)   Place old broken crayons, with wrappers removed, into a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners.  You may want to chop the crayons into smaller pieces with a knife.
2)  Fill each cupcake liner about 1/3 full.  It is fun to coordinate colors, red, oranges and yellows together, greens, blues and purples, or even just a mish mash of all the colors together.
3)  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Place muffin tins into the oven and turn off immediately.  The crayons should melt within a few minutes.
4)  After they are all melted, take out of the oven and let cool.

When the “cookies” are cooled, they are ready to be used. The will create a beautiful rainbow effect as your child moves them across the paper. They are great for small hands, too, because of the size and shape.

Do you remember these nursery rhymes?

Jack be nimble, jack be quick,
Jack jump over the candle stick.

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down.
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Rhyming is a key ingredient in the development of early literacy skills.  Children who have experienced rhyme are shown to become better readers.  Read, sing, and chant rhymes and poems in the car, in the bath, outside, inside and at bedtime.  Emphasize the rhythm by using your body, your voice, clapping, tapping or nodding your head.  Have your child fill in rhyming words – even silly ones are fine!  All of these activities heighten children’s attention to the sounds of speech.  This awareness of the sound structure of spoken language is crucial when learning to read. 

Come to visit and “cozy” up with a good book!



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