Literacy

Best of the First Readers

Theodore Deisel Award

The Geisel Award is given to the best books for those kids just starting to read on their own, sometimes called “First Readers”, “Step Readers”, or “Emergent Readers”. These are books with lots of pictures, simple words, and few words on a page. Most of us know of these from some of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) books such as “Hop on Pop” and “The Foot Book”. This year’s winners were announced in January. See this year’s winners at:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward
 

Wordless (or nearly so) Books That Help Your Kid Read

Spirit of the Wild

How can a book without words help your child learn to read? By giving him/her a chance to practice the words he/she knows, learn new words that are related to those, and understand how stories are put together. It isn’t just how many words your child hears, it is also how many he/she says. Where do you find these books? Some are picture books. Some are comic books. Some are photography books. Ask your local librarian for help, and here are three to start with:

Khan Academy

Do you know about Khan Academy? This free online resource is dedicated to providing educational courses for everyone. Need help with math? Want to learn some more science? There are even healthcare classes. You can check it out here. And, again, it's all free!

Work on your Language Skills With Mango

Want to improve your English? Interested in learning another language? Check out Mango Languages through the Tulsa City-County Library! Mango is an online learning system that is free to TCCL customers with their library card. You'll be able to learn on your own time at your own pace. Check it out!

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

“by the age of 3, children born into low-income families heard roughly 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.”

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