At the closing of every year, librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system collaborate on a list of their favorite children's and teen publications from that year. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just a good recommendation to read, here are our suggestions, the best and brightest of 2014.
Frozen and Raffi got you down? There are other wonderful music options to introduce your children to. How about Miss Ella (Fitzgerald)'s Playhouse? Fun songs with glorious melodies as only Miss Ella can give you. Your kids will love it and you can cleanse you palate with her beautiful voice.
With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.
For me, sharing books and sharing food with friends and family is about as good as it gets. Last month for Dr. Seuss's birthday a coworker brought in green eggs and ham - made of snack foods. It was amazing! There were delicious snacks to eat while we reminisced about our childhood memories of reading Seuss. It was so good I went home and made my own batch.
Do it yourself!
Ingredients: White Chocolate or Almond Bark, Pretzel Sticks and Green M&M's.
This book was chosen for the One Book, One Colorado book. I enjoyed this book while reading it to my niece. It was perfect book for the age range 3-5. It explains moods in a simple way. The art in the book is well done. The story is also engaging...
Getting your children ready to learn how to read is as easy as reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with them. These Early Literacy practices have been found to be some of the most simple and effective ways to build children's skills so that they will start school ready to become strong readers.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is proud to support parents in these practices with a yearly list of award-winning books, the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. Created to honor five excellent picture books each year that support each of the five Early Literacy practices, the Bells are a great new award that give parents and caregivers even more options for selecting high-quality picture books to share with their children.