Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Try this new free APP- Literacy Leveler

Literacy Leveler

By FikesFarm, LLC


Literacy Leveler™ makes it easy to level children’s books in your collection and find books of an appropriate reading level.

Download it on your iPad or iPhone today! It's free!!!

~Miss Elena

Great early literacy website!

DaybyDayNY is a website for young children and their families. It is part of the New York State Library early literacy initiative Ready to Read at New York Libraries. Click the link below and you will find the
Day by Day  NY literacy calendar.

Have fun! ~Miss Elena

Friday, November 15, 2013

Great Resources for Apps

Featured App: JibJab Jr.

JibJab Jr. is where ebooks, cameras, and apps meet. You can upload a picture of your child easily into any JibJab Jr. book (the first one is free) and then read your child a clever rhyming story with his image in the leading role. A great kid-pleaser!!

Great Resource for Great Apps:
Common Sense Media
The iPhone Mom
Moms with Apps


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New parenting books!

Enjoy these new titles specifically for parents!

The Philosophical Child by Jana Mohr Lone    108.3 L; Parents Collection

Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron, 3rd edition     649.3 Y;  Parents Collection

Raising Freethinkers- a practical guide for parenting beyond belief  by Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, and Jan Devor     649.1 M; Parents Collection 

Raising My Rainbow: adventures in raising a fabulous, gender creative son by Lori Duron
Foreward by Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka   306.874 D; Parents Collection

It takes a child to raise a parent: stories of evolving child and parent development by Janis Clark Johnston
649.1  J; Parents Collection

Online Picture Book Resources

Picture Book Month: A Celebration (November)

This is a blog launched a few years ago in celebration of the picture book.  There is a new post featuring
picture books each day during the month of November, Picture Book Month.

Picturing Books

This site is a free resource that began in 1999 by Denise I. Matulka. It includes links to authors/illustrator sites and birthday lists for author/illustrators. The side also has slides that feature a closer look at picture book formats (also see Picture book database).  Check out the historical book timeline (

Children's Book Blogs

For those of you who love to read blogs about books, check out the following- you'll find interesting tidbits and additional sources for children's books and resources.

The Art of Children's Picture Books

Design of the Picture Book

Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

You did a great job!

Congratulations to all those who participated in our summer reading program Dig Into Reading!
In total you read 6,289 books and for those who logged by minutes, 41,882 minutes! That's a lot of reading. You should be proud of yourselves- you've probably improved your reading skills or at the very least, maintained them. We had so much fun with you in all our programs and we hope you enjoyed all the prizes you won and playing Plinko. We promise to bring Plinko back again next year. Soon we will be planning next summer's reading program and we are getting excited. Stop by the Children's Room and tell us all about your new classes and teachers- we would love to hear from you.
Don't be a stranger- we have more fun and educational programs for you to enjoy as fall and the  holidays draw near. Thanks again for a great summer!

~Miss Elena, Miss Victoria, and Miss Natalie