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Learning to Read is About More Than Just Books

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This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. At my big boy’s preschool they have a poster on the door that says… “Learning to read is about more than just books!” Underneath the words are lots of photos of kids doing different activities. I love that poster. It makes me … [Read more...]

Literacy Learning Through Creating Books of Their Own

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This post is by regular contributor Tricia Hogbin of Little Eco Footprints. I’ve helped my daughter create her own books from when she was only two years old. She’s now five and her little collection of books share the story of many of our most treasured moments and provide a window into the … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Cloth Baby Book

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It has been on my mind to make her a book for AJ using photos of our family. Babies are fascinated by faces and what better faces to look at then those who love you most :)  Newborns also like to look at high contrast, black and white images. In fact, AJ's favourite toy is a dalmatian dog of Immy's. … [Read more...]

Longer Stories & Novels to Read Aloud to Preschoolers

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In response to my recent post, Living with an Imaginative Child, one reader asked at what stage I introduced Enid Blyton to Immy.The short answer is when she was three years old. The long answer includes a little more detail about how reading longer stories and novels together came to happen in our … [Read more...]

Starting School: Books to Help Ease the Transition

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The thought of starting school is very exciting for both child and family but for many children there is a fine line between excited and over-excited or anxious. I find using stories can be a positive, low stress way of introducing information about school to children. Some of the books we are … [Read more...]

Library Picks 2011: Top Picture Book Picks

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Last year I published our "Please read it for the 7432th time" list of Immy's favourite library books. Towards the end of 2011, Immy started to enjoy us reading a lot more novels and chapter books with her (which I will share in a later post) but we all still love a good picture book.  Here are the … [Read more...]

Kids Books 101: Parrot Carrot

Parrot Carrot

I have written before about the value of rhyme and the fun that playing around with rhyming words can add to early literacy development ( you'll find references in these posts - here, here and here). We recently received a copy of the newly released Parrot Carrot by Jol and Kate Temple (Allen … [Read more...]

Our Christmas Reading Pile: Picture Books

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Here are some of the Christmas themed picture books Immy is enjoying right now... Christmas Wombat, Jackie French & Bruce Whatley, 2011 Immy is already a big fan of the quirky Diary of a Wombat and Diary of a Baby Wombat and was excited to receive Christmas Wombat this week.  It offers a … [Read more...]