[kids-lib] 5 short articles, resources, and tips on reading, writing, and books

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Dec 6 10:01:29 PST 2013

Reading Rockets newsletter<http://support.weta.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=59661.0&dlv_id=75884> this month was particularly good, here are 5 things that really caught my eye:

Short article on weaving reading and writing into the things you already do during the holiday such as cooking, wrapping presents, driving, etc:

Short article on building vocabulary through reading and talking:
When introducing new words to your young learner, keep the following four helpful hints in mind:

  1.  First, provide a simple, kid-friendly definition for the new word:
Enormous means that something is really, really big.

  1.  Second, provide a simple, kid-friendly example that makes sense within their daily life:
Remember that really big watermelon we got at the grocery store? That was an enormous watermelon!

  1.  Third, encourage your child to develop their own example:
What enormous thing can you think of? Can you think of something really big that you saw today? That's right! The bulldozer near the park was enormous! Those tires were huge.

  1.  Lastly, keep your new words active within your house.
Over the next few days and weeks, take advantage of opportunities to use each new vocabulary word in conversation.

Free digital picture books online: http://www.wegivebooks.org/books  Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is perfect for today!

Books to check out from the library or purchase as holiday gifts: http://www.readingrockets.org/pdfs/2013_Holiday%20Gift%20Guide_all.pdf

Celebrate Grinch-mas (http://www.seussville.com/growyourheart/) "Grinch-mas is a new holiday tradition inspired by Dr. Seuss's classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! <http://www.seussville.com/books/book_detail.php?isbn=9780394800790> that encourages readers to 'grow your heart three sizes' through the celebration of family reading, giving from the heart and community spirit."

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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