Every Child Ready to Read Early Learning Practices: Singing

by On July 23, 2013 in Childrens Books

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My family spends a lot of time hanging around the ocean during the summer. My almost-4-year-old son loves running up and down the beach, looking for crabs, shells and other flotsam, while my husband and I love breathing in the salty air and remembering to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the coastline. Life feels a lot simpler when you’re standing on the shore looking out across the vastness of the sea, and there’s something very soothing about remembering how small we are in comparison.

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If you take a trip to the seaside with your family this summer, try to extend your visit by reading some books like the ones I put together in our ocean collection. Little ones love talking about the experiences they’ve had, and sometimes a book is a great jumping-off point for reminiscing about the whales they saw, or the jelly fish they poked with a stick (remember not to touch jellyfish, even if they’re dead!)

I’ve included some of my favorite books in here; <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_befdc56714609f2838d9f/index.html?selectedBookID=310">What the Sea Saw</a> is a visually stunning picture book with gallery quality artwork, <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_befdc56714609f2838d9f/index.html?selectedBookID=76">Seal Song</a> is a tale about a <a href="http://www.thefreedictionary.com/selkie">Selkie</a>, and the Smithsonian Books are fantastic non-fiction books (though<a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_befdc56714609f2838d9f/index.html?selectedBookID=371"> Great White Shark</a> does have some accurate information about how sharks eat; look through it before sharing it with your little one).

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Cen is a children’s librarian in Silicon Valley, and a children’s digital services consultant at LittleeLit.com. She has driven a bookmobile, managed branch libraries, developed innovative programs for babies, young children and teens, and now helps other libraries incorporate digital media into their early literacy programming. She attended the California State Library’s Eureka Leadership Institute in 2008 and now serves on the American Library Association's ALSC Children & Technology committeetaschen.

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