Kids Read

Books Librarians LOVE

*A longer version of this article was published in the February 2018 issue of Tulsa Kids magazine.

Librarians love books. (Big surprise!)

Children's librarians, in particular, love picture books - and we are very fond of sharing them with children and parents.

For your Valentine's Day pleasure, here are 5 books that Tulsa City-County Library children's staff loved last year...

How Long Is A Whale? written and illustrated by Alison Limentani

Get Storytime... In Your Pocket!

Now you can carry great library learning experiences... in your pocket! The Tulsa City-County Library developed and launched the Build A Reader app, which combines practical literacy tips, great book suggestions, and videos of library staff demonstrating brain-building (and fun!) songs, fingerplays, and activities to do with your child.

It's FREE, and you can find it in your mobile device's app store by searching "Tulsa City-County Library."

Favorite Friends: book review

By Connie Lee Krute, Youth Associate, Pratt Library

One of my favorite picture books came to our shelves at the Pratt Library in July of 2017, but the message of "Together Always" by Edwina Wyatt is a very old and effective one.

Sequoyah Award? What's That?

By Melody Palmer, Youth Librarian, South Broken Arrow Library and former Sequoyah Children's Team member

At some point during the school year, you might hear your child mention the Sequoyah Award, and wonder what it's all about. You know it has something to do with books and you're thrilled your child is reading, but you're also thinking, what is it, exactly?, who picks the books on the list?, how are the nominees chosen? 

I'm glad you asked!

What is the Sequoyah Award?

Fluency, flow, & fun: Why it's good for children to practice reading out loud

You know the benefits of reading out loud to your children, but did you know it's equally important to encourage your young readers to read out loud as well? Reading specialists agree that oral reading improves fluency and comprehension by helping children become more comfortable with the rhythm of language. It also helps with word recognition; after all, the first thing we say to children who stumble across a word they don't recognize is, "Sound it out!"

So how do you encourage children to practice reading out loud?