Kids Read

The Roots of STEM

By Tori Hamilton, Children's Library Associate, Glenpool Library

Between storytimes, summer reading programs, and the extensive research about bedtime reading routines at home, parents of young children don't have to look far to find support when it comes to instilling a love of reading in their toddlers. 

But what can you to do make sure your children grow up loving science and math as much as they love reading? Here are 6 easy ways to incorporate STEM concepts into fun, everyday activiites.

Moral Issues In: "A Sick Day for Amos McGee"

By Laura Raphael, Children's Services Coordinator

Moral issues in: "Be Kind"

By Melody Palmer, Youth Librarian, South Broken Arrow Library

When you think about kindness, do you think about grand gestures and larger-than-life acts? Or does your mind immediately go to the time at the drive-thru when someone ahead of you purchased your meal? Kindnesses can be both large and small, but the book Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller is all about small acts of kindness that can make a very real difference in anyone's life. 

Moral Issues in: "One"

By Tori Hamilton, Children's Associate, Glenpool Library

In "One" by Kathryn Otoshi, colors come to life. Blue, a quiet color, is constantly picked on by Red. Though the other colors see the mistreatment, no one speaks up. But every time Red is mean, he grows bigger and bigger. Soon, Red is so big that all the colors are afraid of him. Red's bullying only stops when One comes along and teaches the colors to stand up for themselves.

Moral issues in: "We Found a Hat"

By Laura Raphael, Children's Services Coordinator

Parents have long wrestled with how to teach children the moral value of sharing...while keeping things fair (also a moral value). "Remember, you had the blue cup the last time we were at Grandma's; it's your brother's turn today!" "No, I made sure that all of the cake slices are the same size!"