Kids Read

Windows and Mirrors: "The Snowy Day"

A famous librarian dictum (yes, there are famous librarian dictums!) is that picture books should be both windows and mirrors for children.

Windows: into other worlds, knowledge, meaning.

Mirrors: reflecting unique experiences, cultures, and lives.

Before "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats was published in 1962, there were a lot of windows for African-American children...but no real mirrors.

Building Readers from the Brain Out

The Tulsa City-County Library is dedicated to supporting the 5 activities that early literacy researchers and advocates say help babies and young children grow into successful readers and students. Every storytime at the library focuses on at least one of the following "Build A Reader" activities:

Reading - Reading aloud remains the single most effective way to help children become readers. Not only does it introduce children to the concept of print, but it also encourages a deep and personal motivation for reading later on.

The Right to Play

Not only is playing an inherently joyful activity, there are countless research studies proving that play has rich cognitive benefits and will support your child's intellectual growth.

It's also a human right! While on the surface it might seem ridiculous to lump making a LEGO pirate ship or using a scarf to play peek-a-boo with having access to clean water, "The Right to Play" is important enough to be codified in the Universal Declaraion of Human Rights (Article #24).

Where Do Poison Frogs Get Their Poison?

Where do poison frogs get their poison? How do spider monkeys discourage intruders? What scientific family do prairie dogs belong to?

If you're using the Brittanica PreK-8 database offered through the library's web site, you could find the answers to these questions* easily.

Sure, you could go to Google, but with the Brittanica database, you know immediately that the information you are getting is accurate and reliable - it comes from the folks who write the encyclopedia, after all.

Celebrate Read Across America Day!

It's the 20th year of Read Across America, a reading event held every year on March 2 (the birthday of the beloved children's book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss), and it's time to celebrate!

How?

Here are some tips to make sure you're helping your school-aged child get in the spirit of Read Across America:

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