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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Valentine’s Day Picture Books

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Kiss Kiss, by Jennifer Couelle, with fun illustrations by Jacques Laplante, is the perfect book for a Kindergarten or Grade One classroom. The rhyming text covers kisses for every occasion: “Kisses that say ‘hi’ look just like those that say ‘goodbye… A morning kiss can feel so right—like sunshine after a rainy night.”

Kids could contribute a page to a class Kiss, Kiss book after brainstorming the kinds of kisses in their lives. What sounds do kisses make? “Big ones like…smooch! And little ones like…peck!” might spark an onomatopoeia (sound words) lesson. How about a lesson on counting by twos? “A kiss is sweet, when 4 lips meet.” Or the plural form: “If you have lots of love to send, add ‘es’ at the end.”

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Book Cover The Secret Life of Squirrels a Love Story

Kids will be mesmerized by the illustrations of The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story, by nature photographer, Nancy Rose. It’s one in a series of books featuring photos of squirrels in miniature sets const …

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Media Literacy for Kindergarten

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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P.I.E. ("Persuade, Inform and Entertain") is a handy acronym to use when discussing the role of media with kindergarten. The media literacy objective encompasses a beginning understanding and critical awareness of media texts. After an initial brainstorming of what media is (newspapers, TV, posters, internet, etc.) the P in P.I.E. can be explored. 

Words PERSUADE us. To do things. To buy things. To feel a certain way. Words are everywhere, sending us messages. The Word Collector, by Peter R.Reynolds, is a great launch to the unit. Jerome loves words, words he likes the sounds of even if he doesn't know what they mean. He sorts them, organizes them, then accidentally spills them, so words that wouldn't normally be together, end up side by side. Jerome then creates poems, and songs, realizing their power to communicate.

Another fun book, by Lora Rozler, is Words. A lonely "e" wanders, looking for meaning. It finds itself inside various words that can b …

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