Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Benefits of Nurturing Parents: US News & World Report Health

Nurturing Moms May Help Their Child's Brain Develop

Study found toddlers with loving mothers had more growth in key brain area

January 30, 2012
U.S. News & World Report

by Jenifer Goodwin
HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Preschool children whose moms are loving and nurturing have a larger hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in learning, memory and stress response, when they reach school age, a new study finds. Read the full story here...

Toddler Storytime Today

What a fun storytime we had this morning! I shared the following books and rhymes this morning with the toddlers:

Big Bug Little Bug: a book of opposites by Paul Stickland (Scholastic, 2010)
Little bugs of all shapes and sizes show off their differences in rhyming text.

Two Little Sparkly Bugs Rhyme:
Two little sparkly bugs sitting on a hill
One named Beatrice and one named Bill
Fly away Beatrice, fly away Bill
Come back Beatrice, come back Bill.

    The Big, Bigger, Biggest Book by SAMi (Blue Apple, 2008)
Unfold the flaps on every page and see what is the shortest, the fastest, the deepest, the tallest, the highest and the biggest.

Five Royal Penguins
One royal penguin, feeling very blue,
called for his brother, then there were two.
Two royal penguins swimming in the sea,
called for their sister, then there were three.
Three royal penguins waddle on the shore,
call for their mother, then there were four.
Four royal penguins learning how to dive,
call for their father, then they were five.

Giant Pop-Out Pets by Wendy Lui (Chronicle Books, 2008)
"With the help of simple clues-- in words and pictures-- young children can guess the pet that hides behind each flap. Then they can open the flap to find a great surprise: an animal friend that pops right out!"--P. [4] of cover.

Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen standing in a row,
Each had a hat and a big bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day,
One little snowman melted away.
Four little snowmen standing in a row,
Each had a hat and a big bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day,
One little snowman melted away....

Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee (Boxer Books, 2006)
When Mr. Horse gives a ride to his friends, Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck, they urge him to go faster and faster. (Super fun as a lap read!)

Monday, January 30, 2012

LBCC Family Fun Day

The 35th annual Family Fun Day 
at Linn-Benton Community College will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBCCActivities Center gym, Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd., Albany. 

Children ages one to six will enjoy activities such as play dough, an obstacle course, crafts, bounce house, face painting, pirate maze and much more. There will also be a used toy and book sale. 

Everyone is invited to attend this inexpensive, fun-filled event. Costs include a suggested donation of 5.00 per family and 25 cents activity tickets. All proceeds from this event go to support parenting programs and to provide tuition grants for some of the nearly 2,000 parents in Linn and Benton Counties who are involved in LBCC Parenting Education each year. 

For more information, contact LBCC Family Resources and Education at 541-917-4897.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pick of the Week: All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri

All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri (Little, Brown, c2012)
I shared this book at Toddler Storytime this morning and I just loved it! Nancy Tafuri's illustrations are perfect for group readings and individual settings with toddlers and preschoolers. The simple text illustrates the variety of kisses found on the farm - saving the very best kiss for last!

Monday, January 23, 2012

ALA's Youth Media Awards Announced!

The winners of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards have been announced. You can read the official press release (and the full list of winners and honorees) online at: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/american-library-association-announces-2012-youth-media-award-winners

Winner of the 2011 Randolph Caldecott  Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011)
  A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.

Winner of the 2011 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar Straus Giroux, c2011)
 In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray, c2011)  
Discusses the history of African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans (Roaring Brook Press, c2011)
 "A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives' escape, their long nighttime journey punctuated by meetings with friends and enemies, and their final glorious arrival in a place of freedom."--Amazon.com.