Favorite Picture Books of 2018 Countdown: #4

Leaf, written and illustrated by Sandra Dieckmann
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Favorite Picture Books of 2018 Countdown: #5

Children's librarians are counting down our favorite picture books of the year! Starting with #5... We Don’t Eat Our Classmates!, written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins
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How Fast Can Turkeys Run? & Other Thanksgiving Questions

If your kids want to talk turkey this Thanksgiving, don't start with Google - try a library database instead! The Britannica PreK-8 database collects articles, pictures, definitions, and more for a variety of topics, including "TURKEY-ANIMAL" (as opposed to "TURKEY-COUNTRY"). Follow this turkey trail: 1. Go to www.tulsalibrary.org 2. At the top of the page, click "Research" and then "Databases." 3. Find "Britannica PreK-8" and sign in with your name and library card number. 4. Search for "Turkey"!
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Don't Just Repeat...Change It Up & Keep It Fresh!

Have you ever read an entire book to your toddler or preschooler only to hear, "Read it again!"? At first, we are very excited that our little ones liked the book so much that they want it repeated. Then they request it again, and again, and again! Yes, repetition is an important part of learning, but six times in one sitting can be a bit much for grownups. As adults, we start thinking, "Isn't there something else I can do without breaking my child's love of books, yet keeping me from getting a migraine?" There IS something else you can do - just CHANGE IT UP and KEEP IT FRESH! 
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Reading Pictures, Drawing Feelings: Books To Treasure 2018

In children’s worlds, art and stories have always been intertwined.
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Encouraging Art, Encouraging Smart: Part 2

Last week, we looked at Process Art for children in the inimitable book by Herve Tullet: Art Workshops for Children.
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Encouraging Art, Encouraging Smart: Part 1

By Melody Palmer, Youth Librarian, South Broken Arrow Library If you ask an adult if they consider themselves an artist, chances are, they would say no. If you ask a child, however, they often heartily reply "YES!" 
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Read a Series: Jasmine Toguchi

By Sarah Davis, Youth Librarian, Herman and Kate Kaiser Library Did you know that reading books in a series is a great option for your growing young reader? When they read series books, young readers get to know characters, recognize patterns, and grow their reading confidence. One new series perfect for growing readers is "Jasmine Toguchi" by Debbi Michiko Florence.
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For Bedtime and Beyond: "Crunch the Shy Dinosaur"

By Melody Palmer, Youth Librarian, South Broken Arrow Library How do you deal with a shy child? Does your child know how to behave around a shy child? If not, Crunch, who is a shy dinosaur, is happy to let children practice social skills on him.
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Art Meets Imagination in "Ocean Meets Sky"

By Laura Raphael, Children's Services Coordinator The ocean and the sky are magical places in stories. But what about where the ocean MEETS the sky? In the Fan Brothers' latest fantastical book, Ocean Meets Sky, a young boy named Finn discovers that, beyond the island of giant shells, past the sea of moon jellies dancing, is a place of extraordinary imagination.
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