Thanks, Mo Willems!

By Kena Hardin, Children's Library Associate, Central Library

I learned a lot about early literacy skills when I was in school and preparing for my new position. However, there is something special about witnessing the effects of these early literacy skills in action.

Recently, a young customer asked me if we had any books at the Central Library that have speech bubbles in them. I immediately thought of books written by Mo Willems and asked if she had read any of his books. A smile lit up her face as she confirmed that she liked reading Mo Willems books. As I walked with her to where those books were shelved, I asked her what she liked about speech bubbles in books. She explained that speech bubbles helped her distinguish which characters were talking. They also helped her understand the emotions conveyed in the story.

This was a great example of a customer describing to me how the early literacy skill of PRINT AWARENESS has helped foster her love of reading. She left the library with as many Mo Willems books as she could carry, but her smile never faded!

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