June 2013

Try reading some of our new books in physical AND electronic format!

by On June 28, 2013 in General

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At the public library, the best part of being a librarian is getting to see the new books before anyone else! Now that I’m in charge of Bookboard’s collection, I get to see all the new digital books as they come in from our publishers. It’s my job to process them and make them ready for reading — I have the coolest job in the world!

Here’s our latest collection of new books, on a brand-new "shelf" that the Bookboard team put together so we can showcase sets of books more easily (<a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_c7314339366a293309b/index.html">click to preview</a>).

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On this "shelf," we have a variety of books; fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and beginning readers. Some of these, like the Smithsonian books, are among the most popular in print form in public libraries. My son has physical copies of some of these books and he loves the digital version as well.

In fact, try this as an experiment the next time you read — get the physical copy (the Berenstain Bears and Smithsonian books are available physically in most public libraries) and the Bookboard version, and see how your child reacts. Does it feel like the same book? I’d love to hear your insight!

These books contain all sorts of goodies:
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<li>Narrative-based non-fiction books from Smithsonian that read well either as one-on-one storytime, or as part of a group storytime for kids preschool age or older.</li>
<li>A few amusing prehistoric offerings that lend themselves well to re-reading.</li>
<li>Pinch and Dash with their juxtaposed personalities (in a similar manner as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frog_and_Toad">Frog and Toad</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Marshall_(author)">George and Martha</a>) and the situations they find themselves in.</li>
<li>Two very different types of princesses; one (barely) human and one feline.</li>
<li>Singable books for our youngest patrons</li>
<li>And a few more Berenstain Bear books.</li>
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Hope’s Reviews: “I’m Learning About Other Cultures!”

by On June 27, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

Hope had so much fun offering book reviews to Bookboard readers awhile back that she IMG_0831thought she’d do it again!

This time her focus is on two books in the Bookboard library that helped her learn about other cultures:

Sack Full of Feathers?(Debb Waldman, Cindy Revell) and Secret of the Dance (Andrea Spalding, Alfred Snow).

Both?titles are from Orca Book Publishers. Some background notes for each book are offered below, but Hope will tell you what you really want to know.

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From Picture Books to Chapter Books: A Family Journey

by On June 24, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

A reading shift has taken place at our home.

From her diaper days to age 5, we’ve read three picture books to our daughter Hope each night. While picture books still enchant, bedtime now finds Hope asking “can I have the next chapter?” from chapter books with lots of text and an occasional illustration every ten pages or so.

The transition has left this mama a little misty-eyed.

flight-from-bear-canyon-anita-daher-paperback-cover-artYes, I realize this is a developmentally appropriate turn of events. Reading specialists remind us that:

There’s just one little thing that’s bothering me.

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Reflections on “Summer Slide” – 6 Easy Tips to Avoid It

by On June 20, 2013 in General

Will your child visit a library this summer?

Will your child visit a library this summer? Photo credit: Morguefile.com Anita Peppers

Today was the year-end school picnic for our daughter’s elementary school. Children played while the parents discussed three hot topics: 1) summer camp scheduling; 2) vacation dreams; and 3) the “summer slide” (and what, if anything, to do about it).

The concept of the “summer slide” — or summer learning loss — stems from research showing that, in summer:

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by On June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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by On June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Hello from the New Bookboard Head Mom

by On June 17, 2013 in General

Greetings! I’m Suz Lipman. I’m thrilled to be the new Head Mom at Bookboard and eager to share the latest resources with you about childhood literacy, parenting enthusiastic lifelong readers, and great children’s books.

What drew me to Bookboard?

First, I am a near-lifelong reading enthusiast. I believe in the transformative power of books to help all people better understand the world and one another. To be a reader is to be ever enlightened and entertained. I fell permanently in love with books and with libraries on a rainy day in second grade, becoming enthralled with the “big-kid” paperbacks in the school library that spun on their own gold rack. Something about one book in particular really jumped out.

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Great Things Happen When Dads Read to Kids

by On June 14, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

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Ever heard of FRED?

No, not Rogers, Astaire or Flintstone. FRED or Fathers Reading Every Day is a reading program created in 2002 by researchers at the Texas Agrilife Extension program. Armed with reading tips and recommended book lists, fathers are asked to:

  • Commit to reading to kids 15-30 minutes a day for four weeks
  • Log the number of books read and time spent reading
  • Enjoy a party at the end, celebrating reading with other dads/kids

Over 6,000 dads have participated in the program to date. A program evaluation showed FRED significantly improved:

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Reading Specialists – Helping kids learn (and love) to read

by On June 11, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

 

Supporting reading in schools

Supporting reading in schools

When it comes to kids and reading, San Francisco Bay Area resident Bridget Weaver knows her stuff. She’s clocked 22 years in elementary education, including classroom teaching and close to a decade as a reading specialist. Currently, Bridget is a Reading Support Teacher in a K-5 school that primarily serves low-income families and English learners.

At home, Bridget  (along with her husband, an adult literacy specialist) is happily inspiring five-year old twin daughters to love reading as well. Here, she shares some of her insights with Bookboard about supporting and motivating children to read.

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A Motivational Breakfast with Bookboard

by On June 7, 2013 in General, Reading

This was the scene that played out at our breakfast table this morning.

breakfast with Bookboard copy

Me:????? Do you want toast with your cereal?

Hope:?? Yes, please.

Me:????? So you swear you have no homework for today, right?

Hope:?? We had a substitute yesterday, no homework. Can I watch a video on the iPad?

Me:????? No, no videos now, it’s too early in the day.?

Hope:?? You’re no fun mommy.

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