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December is Officially Read a New Book Month

December is officially Read a New Book Month. With its long cold nights, we think December is the perfect time of year to crawl under a blanket and get lost in a new book. It’s also a wonderful time to share a cherished book with a new reader. We’ve listed some of our favorite winter reads […]

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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha Winter holidays have been with us for thousands of years. They began with our agrarian ancestors lighting bonfires and candles, hoping to hasten the return of longer […]

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Developing Fluent Readers

Fluent readers think about what they’re reading, while they’re reading. They’re able to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. Less fluent readers must focus their attention on figuring out individual words, leaving little room for actually understanding the text. The goal of all reading is comprehension, that is, constructing meaning from the text. Reading […]

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Be a Detective: Can you find the words you already know?

Being able to find things is an important skill for everybody. Sometimes a young reader needs to be a bit of a detective and hunt for words they already know while they’re reading. This behavior is called Locating Known Words. Dr. Marie Clay called these known words “ islands of certainty in text. ” (Clay, […]

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Gratitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy

Having or lacking gratitude can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you’re always looking for the next thing to make you happy, you don’t see the goodness that already fills your life. Take a moment right now and focus only on what’s right in your life. It feels wonderful, doesn’t it? That’s because genuine gratitude unlocks […]

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Directional Movement as a Component of Early Reading and Writing Behaviors

It’s several weeks into the school year. Students are settling in, but many young learners still feel confused and overwhelmed. Some will need to be gently reminded what to do. Others will need help following directions. Remember that when teaching children the behaviors that make classroom life run smoothly, a gradual release of responsibility works […]

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National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is something we all recognize. It’s in our daily lives, as well as in the books we read. Every story has at least one character behaving badly. We love to root for the protagonist to teach the tormentor a lesson. Reading about fictious bullies, or social injustices, can […]

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Selecting Books to Help Early Readers Become Happy Bookworms

The beginning of the school year is a time of change, growth, and setting new goals. Hopefully, students spent some time over the vacation months visiting the library to borrow books for summer reading. Enjoying books with friends and family members is a wonderful way for young children to be introduced to reading. When a […]

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It’s still summer

After a fun day at the pool, or a walk in the park, stop by the library to pick up some books. Here are some of our favorites: Danny: All Danny books by Mia Coulton and all Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems Norman: The Last Puppy by Frank Asch Bee: The Secret Life […]

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