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Bedtime Math, Part 2: Size Matters!

By Laura Raphael, Children's Services Coordinator, Tulsa City-County Library

OK, so you're on board with the "Bedtime Math" concept (www.bedtimemath.org), but you want to find great "regular" picture books to read with your children that focus on things like speed, distance, measurement, and size. 

Easy!

Add Up STEAM Skills with Bedtime Math!

By Laura Raphael, Children's Services Coordinator, Tulsa City-County Library

If reading to your kids before they go to sleep at night is part of your family routine, congratulations! You are doing something wonderful for their little brains as well as establishing a deep family bond that your kids will fondly remember their entire lives.

Moral issues in: "Where Oliver Fits"

By Tori Hamilton, Children's Library Associate, Glenpool Library

Illustrator and animator Cale Atkinson has given us a winner with "Where Oliver Fits," a story of finding friendship and acceptance. In it, Oliver, a puzzle piece, tries to find the place where he fits in. He wants to part of an awesome picture, but when he doesn't fit into any of the pictures he knows, he tries to alter himself to fit them.

Learn! Eat! Together

By Laura Raphael, Children's Services Coordinator, Tulsa City-County Library

This summer, why not combine your love of food with family learning time? The A to Z World Food database, accessible through the library's web site, is an excellent online tool to discover a wealth of tasty tidbits, from what Albanians eat right before Lent (qumeshtor, an egg and milk custard) to a recipe for Ajiaco, a hearty chicken stew served in the country of Columbia.

How to Help Kids Fall in Love with Reading: A Manifesto

By Laura Raphael, Children's Services Coordinator, Tulsa City-County Library

"My kid knows HOW to read; she just doesn't do it, no matter what we do."

"My students don't see the value of reading books!"

"All my son wants to do is play video games. Reading for pleasure? We have a hard enough time getting him to come to the dinner table!"

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