Kids Read

Learning To Read Readers: Profile, Tips, & More

The PAWS for Reading program at the Tulsa City-County Library is ideal for children who are learning to read. 

Here is some general information about "Learning To Read" readers, what you can do to help them, and how PAWS supports their learning growth.

Emergent Readers: Profile, Tips, More

PAWS for Reading is a program that the Tulsa City-County Library offers that gives children ages 5 to 12 a chance to practice reading skills to a furry (and fabulous) audience: therapy dogs!

As part of PAWS for Reading, the library provides literacy information about general groups of readers, and how the program supports each group's reading goals.

First, we start with "Emergent Readers." (In coming weeks, we'll look at "Learning To Read" readers and "Reading To Learn" readers.)

Back To School...With a Twist!

Savvy parents and teachers know that picture books are an excellent way to help children confront and process a variety of anxieties and fears. If your child is apprehensive about the fast-approaching first day of school, consider reading and sharing Adam Rex's book, "School's First Day of School," illustrated by the masterful Christian Robinson.

Singing To Your Child...Even When You Sound Like a Strangled Otter!

Think you can't carry a tune in a bucket? (Or...sound like a strangled otter when you attempt to sing "Skip To My Lou"?)

Guess what?

Kids don't know, care, or mind.

If you are self-conscious about the quality of your voice, remind yourself that the very act of singing is what matters most, both to children's brain development but also their emotional connection to the adults who sing to them.

Babies and children are keyed into YOU and your loving attention when you sing to them, not whether you can consistently hit that C note.

Great new parenting book: "How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen"

More than 30 years ago, a little parenting book became a huge hit. "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish was and continues to be an excellent guide to help parents and teachers communicate better with their children - which goes a long way to create family or classroom peace and harmony.