Kids Read

The Case for a No-"Toy" Christmas

We're well into the season of articles and blog posts and morning news shows trumpeting "The Best Children's Toys of the Year" or "Hot Kids' Gifts for Christmas!"

These articles typically round up flashy new toys, organized by price point and age ranges, and always featuring happy, smiling children playing away.

Tell us about your kids & the library!

Children's librarians LOVE hearing about your kids. We especially love knowing how what we did in one storytime inspired you or your child to read more, or try out a new song at bedtime, or come back for more library fun!

But sometimes we forget to ask.

Well, we're asking now. 

In an effort to communicate our value to the community - specifically in early literacy programming (storytimes) - we are gathering stories about how real, everyday children and families benefit from the library.

All American: book review of "Blue Sky White Stars"

By Melody Palmer, Youth Librarian, South Broken Arrow Library

What does an American look like? Where does an American come from? Pretty much everywhere! In "Blue Sky White Stars" - written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Kadir Nelson - explores this patriotic message in a way that both blue state and red state voters will find inspiring.

Yes, your baby can participate in National Novel Writing Month, too!

By Tori Hamilton, Children's Associate, Glenpool Library

Every November marks the return of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, a community movement that offers support and encouragement to aspiring writers as they work to churn out a manuscript in 30 days.

Draw-ing Children into Reading: Art as a Doorway to Literature

Hannah E. Harrison @ Hardesty Regional Library on Nov. 3 for "Books To Treasure" 

It's a truth universally forgotten by adults that learning how to read is hard. Because it's easy for us to do NOW, we don't remember how hard it was to learn THEN.

In fact, learning to read is the hardest cognitive task (or, rather, a complex, interconnected web of many different tasks) we ask kids to do - in a relatively short amount of time.