During Parent Cafe on November 6, we invited librarians from across Skagit County to share their favorite books and tips for encouraging a love of reading at an early age. The libraries have a ton of cool stuff right now as they adapt to remote services due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Check out these titles recommended by your favorite librarians:
Dinosaur Bob by William Joyce
My First Peek-A-Boo Animals by Eric Carle
All the titles by Sandra Boynton
Look, Look Again by Agnese Baruzzi
Let’s Go For A Drive by Mo Willems
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
BONUS: Check out this cool podcast, Story Pirates, where kids submit their original stories.
Now that you have a great list of books to check out from the library - here are some tips to inspire reading:
Make reading fun! Use voices, be enthusiastic when reading, and read books that you enjoy - your enjoyment will rub off on your kids.
You don't have to read books - try audio books or make up your own stories.
Talk to your child and sing songs - this exposes your child to new words and rhyme.
Read books that connect your child to their culture.
Here are a list of resources for fun literacy activities that the local libraries are doing:
Anacortes Library: online storytimes and other activities
Burlington Library: Take and Make kits, online activities, and more
Central Skagit: Reading tips, online storytimes, and other activities
Upper Skagit: Storytimes and Finger Puppet Friday
Mount Vernon Library: Storytimes and more!