For Grown-ups

What Can You Do to Help Build Literacy Skills for your child? 


  • Talk, Read, Play, Sing, Draw, Write. Have fun!
  • Read books you both like.
  • Stop (or shift gears) when it is no longer fun. Length of time is not important; enjoyment is!
  • Tell family stories!
  • Read a lot of books.

STORYTIME ONLINE

Monona Library songs and storytime ideas.
StoryLine Online - Video program featuring famous people reading children's books aloud.
Open Culture - An archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books, all digitized and free to read online.

APPS FOR KIDS

Common Sense Media - Best Apps. Recommendations for families.
Carissa's App Picks for Kids 
School Library Journal  - Quality apps for children preschool through grade 12.
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TELLING FAMILY STORIES



BOOKS


  • The family storytelling handbook : how to use stories, anecdotes, rhymes, handkerchiefs, paper, and other objects to enrich your family traditions by Pellowski, Anne; Sweat, Lynn.
  • Playing with Stories: Story Crafting for Storytellers, Writers, Teachers and Other Imaginative Thinkers by Kevin Cordi.
  • The parent's guide to storytelling : how to make up new stories and retell old favorites by MacDonald, Margaret Read. 
  • Scrapbook storytelling : save family stories and memories with photos, journaling and your own creativity by Campbell-Slan, Joanna.
  • Telling your story by Apps, Jerold W.
  • Awakening the hidden storyteller : how to build a storytelling tradition in your family by Moore, Robin.
  • Mothers, tell your daughters : stories by Campbell, Bonnie Jo.
  • Telling Your Own Stories by Davis, Donald.
  • The art of storytelling from parents to professionals / [sound recording] :
    by Harvey, Hannah Blevins.
WEBPAGES
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Talk of the Town | Karen Wendt | South Central Library System | 11/1/16

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LITERACY SKILLS



FIVE EARLY LITERACY PRACTICES

Learning to read begins at birth. Parents, caregivers and librarians can reinforce and help grow brain connections through five practices that will help a child develop the foundation needed to read. Practiced regularly, these activities will help a child develop the six early literacy skills and be prepared to learn to read. Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play. To learn more, click here.