Kids Read

A Picture Is Worth...A Thousand Learning Moments

The month of May is National Photography Month (NPM)! Use this celebration, which the United States Congress officially recognized beginning in 1987, to support the literacy and learning growth of your child.

Here are just a few ways to use NPM in creating rich learning moments:

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, a Reading and Book Basket!

You know that libraries are full of books, but did you know that those books are carefully curated and purchased by professional librarians? The Tulsa City-County Library's Collection Management department selectors spend 100% of their time using their knowledge of our community to choose the very best in books that go on library shelves.

The librarians who choose these books have years of experience working with kids in libraries and are especially adept in finding books that children will love.

Mr. Rogers and the Kindness Collection

The inimitable children's TV host Mr. Rogers said, "There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."

This is a lesson we surely want to share with our children (and try to remember for ourselves!). One way to do this is to find, read, and talk about picture books with children that introduce the concepts of kindness and empathy.

Here's my "Kindness Collection" - a few of my favorite books for children that will help you have conversations about kindness with your kids:

Kids Are Natural Poets

For many adults, poetry is either a dead or boring format, with no relevance, resonance, or rightness to it. "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree"? Oh, brother!

History, Every Day & Up Close

History-with-a-capital-H can be difficult for some kids to grasp. ("Boring!"; "What does this have to do with me?"; etc.) One way to make history real (and relevant) is to prepare students with interesting background knowledge about the nitty-gritty, daily details of everyday lives of real people in history.

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