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Submitted by Family Reads on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 11:51am
Did you ever wonder... if your pet has a personality? That's just one of the daily wonders that are explored on Wonderopolis, a website for families with young children from the National Center for Family Literacy. We are so worried about kids' reading skills these days that we sometimes forget that kids need background knowledge to become readers too. It doesn't do any good if a kid learns to decode the word "personality" and has no idea what the word means!
Submitted by Family Reads on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:27am
The Hennipen County in Library gives us not just a great list of picture books, but hints on how to share those books with your child. Try something new to keep reading time fresh and exciting. Here is one suggestion from the website:
Submitted by Family Reads on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 8:51am
A quarter of all school children in America are Latino, but children's books are primarily written by whites and the characters are mostly white, reports National Public Radio.
Why is that bad? Latino children need to see people in their books that look like them. It will help them connect with books, and time spent reading is the most important factor in school success. White children, too, will benefit from seeing a world in books as diverse as the world they live in.
Submitted by Family Reads on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:14am
For decades, Mr. Rogers entertained kids on PBS, but did you know that he was an expert on child development? (And a Marine?!?) Everything Mr. Rogers did was based on great research and designed to help children grow and learn. Now you can play his songs and print out the lyrics so you and your child can sing along. Start here: http://pbskids.org/rogers/songs/index.html