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September 2015: Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

August 28th, 2015 | Posted by etownsend in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2015-2016 - (Comments Off on September 2015: Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers)

My Busmy bus by Byron Barton. Greenwillow / HarperCollinIcon_PreSchools, 2014.

What could be more appealing to toddlers than a book about a bus driver and his canine and feline passengers? A book in which those cats and dogs are driven to a boat (“They sail away”), a train (“They ride away”), and a plane (“They fly away”). Finally there is only one dog left. “My dog,” says the bus driver. “Bow wow.” Classic Byron Barton, the illustrations feature bright colors, rounded shapes, and flat perspective, as well as priceless expressions on the faces of the cats and dogs. Barton’s winning book offers the opportunity to count on every page spread (anywhere from one to five), not to mention bark and meow with wild abandon.  © Cooperative Children’s Book Center

  • Talk: About the traffic signs in the book. Ask children to point to signs they recognize.
  • Sing: Sing the Wheels on the Bus with your child.
  • Write: For letter awareness, point out the traffic signs in the book. Ask children to trace the shapes and letters on the sign.
  • Play: Try a round of Red Light, Green Light or Mother May I.
  • STEM: Count the dogs on the bus? Count the cats on the bus? Count the total. Caregivers: Notice the use of ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.) Discuss, other first, second, and thirds in daily routines.

mommies and their babiesMommies and Their Babies (Black And White) by Guido van Genechten. Translated from the Dutch. Clavis, 2012

daddies and their babies

Daddies and Their Babies (Black And White) by Guido van Genechten. Translated from the Dutch. Clavis, 2012.

Two simple board books show animal parents and their offspring, using the correct name for the young: “snake mommy with her baby snakelet,” “crocodile daddy with his baby hatchling,” and so on. But it’s the warmth of the relationships captured in the striking black-and-white illustrations that really is the point. The illustrations’ bold shapes and shading create great visual interest for very young children, while the round eyes of the creatures in each pair gaze upon one another with affection and delight.  © Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

  • Talk: The language of books is richer than the language of conversation, more rare words are used. Point out new words to your child as you read these books.
  • Write: Draw a picture of your own family and label who is in it.
  • STEM: Count the number of people in your family.

Find more early literacy activities from the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association’s 2015 Early Literacy Calendar created by Youth Services librarians across Wisconsin.

New School Year! New Read On Wisconsin Year!

August 28th, 2015 | Posted by etownsend in 2015-2016 - (Comments Off on New School Year! New Read On Wisconsin Year!)

Yep, that’s right! We start our Read On Wisconsin year in September at the same time the schools around Wisconsin begin their new school year. That means we have a new list of suggested titles for engaging, exciting and easily accessible monthly common reads for babies up to high schoolers. Reader’s advisory, book group, read-alouds: you can use ROW titles for these and more. We also encourage you to share the titles with kids and caregivers in your library and your school. See the list here or at the Books tab above.

Also, we encourage you, your kiddos and their caregivers to check out titles and resources on our website, @ReadOnWi on Twitter and Pinterest. Again this year, the fabulous TeachingBooks.net has partnered with us to share their amazing resources. You can find hundreds of instructional materials for the ROW titles at their Read On Wisconsin 2015-2016 bookshelf. They even have QR codes for all the ROW bookshelves and individual titles that you can print and post around your library or with the books.

A few new things this year: First, we’re trying to make information and resources for the books easily accessible. Monthly titles along with a CCBC annotation for the books, discussion starters, discussion questions, recommendations from the ROW Literacy Advisory Board and links to resources will be posted on the front page of the website. You can now easily search by age level group titles using the new sidebar buttons. We’ve reorganized our Pinterest boards. Now, you can get a sneak preview of upcoming books and their resources. Also, we’re going all in with hashtags and our age level icons. Now you can search any social media with #ROW2015 for the latests post this year. We also have hashtags for the age level groups related to their icons (see below).

Watch for these icons to appear throughout the site and social media to help you identify the appropriate age titles

Legend for the age icons

Robin = Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers = #ROWrobin
White-tailed Deer = Primary (Grades K-2) = #ROWdeer
Muskie = Intermediate (Grades 3-5) = #ROWmuskie
Maple leaf = Middle School = #ROWmaple
Badger paw print = High School #ROWbadger

And, as always, if you have suggestions or if you’d like to be part of our programming and outreach efforts, please contact the me at Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Thank you for your ongoing interest and support!

Check back regularly for news about ROW programming and outreach as well as monthly titles and resources!

Read On Wisconsin!

Back Up!

August 6th, 2015 | Posted by etownsend in Book trailer | 2015-2016 - (Comments Off on Back Up!)

Our fabulous web guru has fixed the errors! You can now peruse any page or post.  The book trailers are only available through the drop down menu. Unfortunately, clicking on a link on the Booktrailer pages will result in an error.

ROW 2015-2016 Book Lists are HERE!

May 29th, 2015 | Posted by etownsend in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | Primary (Grades K-2) | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2015-2016 | Middle School | High School - (Comments Off on ROW 2015-2016 Book Lists are HERE!)

After much hard work and diligence from the Read On Wisconsin Literacy Advisory Committee and the CCBC librarians, the Read On Wisconsin book selections are now complete for the 2015-2016 year.

Please check out the NEW 2015-2016 Read On Wisconsin Books here or on the Books page of the website. And, spread the word!

ROW 2015-2016 Titles Coming in May!

April 29th, 2015 | Posted by etownsend in 2015-2016 | May - (Comments Off on ROW 2015-2016 Titles Coming in May!)

The Read On Wisconsin Literacy Advisory Committee will be meeting on May 9th to select next year’s titles for Read On Wisconsin! At this annual meeting, the members come together to discuss books and select titles for our upcoming year. Stay tuned to learn more about the selection process and be sure to check back in late May for the new ROW titles.

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