Staff Picks

Lauren's picks for picture books you can sing!

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

Singing is an important practice to engage in with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to build vital pre-reading skills. Among other things, singing slows down language, allowing children time to hear and process sounds and syllables in words.

There are lots of picture books with naturally rhythmic text that you can read to a melody you already know or one you make up; here are just five that are perfect for children ages 0-5 and really lend themselves to singing.



Down By the Station book cover
Down By The Station illustrated by Jess Stockham
Chock-full of vehicle sounds (also great for building phonological awareness!), and will be of interest to lovers of trains, trucks, cars, and fire engines. If you don’t know the tune for “Down By The Station,” it’s the same as “Little Bunny Foo Foo.”
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? book cover Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
A classic read-aloud for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers alike, Brown Bear can be read lots of different ways, but singing it to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” is a story time favorite at the Southeast Library.
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More book cover I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
A funny story of a mischievous budding artist and an exasperated mother, sing this one to “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More.” Check out this video of Youtube user Tracey Phillips reading it aloud to help out with the melody.
Seals on the Bus book cover The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
As you probably guessed, this humorous, engaging, animal-sound-filled book is begging to be sung to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus.” 
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes book cover Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
A favorite among the older toddler and preschool set, Pete the Cat sings his song no matter what he steps in. Make up your own melody for Pete’s song, or watch this video by the author for inspiration.


Jazz for the Young

Published on Friday, April 11, 2014

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month, we are highlighting five great jazz books for youth.

Music and singing are an easy and enjoyable way to involve children in language. It helps children learn and remember new words and to hear the smaller sounds in words. Strong vocabularies and being able to hear the syllables in words are critical to helping children be ready to learn to read.

Please enjoy these titles as you explore the world of Jazz!

A Spring Break event for kids on Monday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Palindromania!  by Jon Agee

What do these phrases have in common?

'Doll Bones'

Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tween Book Club Would you run away from home to bury a haunted doll to avoid a curse?

That is one of the many questions Northeast Library tweens discussed at the Tween Book Club for Doll Bones by Holly Black

Ahwoo!

Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

incorrigibleHave you ever heard the expression, "Those children must have been raised by wolves!" to refer to children that are exceptionally naughty?

Well, Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia Incorrigible were!

Their young nanny, Miss Penelope Lumley, had taught them the Greek classics, stopped them from chasing squirrels and given them lots of love and affection. Now they only howl at the full moon, and chase chickens once in a while. 

Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Understand RapDeciphering hip hop lyrics can be quite the task for someone who does not follow the genre of music.

Rest assured, Understand Rap is a funny read that breaks down some of the most popular, controversial, and humorous rap lines into digestible language even a parent could understand.

Best for teens and older.

Featuring 'How Rocket Learned to Read'

Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
"How Rocket Learned to Read" book
 
"Roc Aprende a Leer" book
 

Calling all readers!

Celebrate poetry with Northeast Neighborhood Library!

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

Poetry is as old as spoken language itself, and its many forms are as diverse as its practitioners throughout history. Even today, there are tens of thousands of working, published poets in the United States alone, not to mention the many thousands more who simply write for the pleasure of creating works of art with no intention to publish.

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Seuss and his wild, catchy rhymes. Many of us grew up reading Shel Silverstein and his beautiful verse depicting serious and silly themes alike. Perhaps you can remember the horror of having to recite a memorized sonnet in front of your eighth grade Language Arts class. And of course, all of us have experienced the most famous poet of all, William Shakespeare.

My first poetry books

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, called Your Friday Five!

Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up 5 of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as poetry month, we are highlighting five great first poetry books.

Poems are a great choice for little ones for many reasons. First, poetry is great match for the short attention spans that babies start off with. Poetry, especially rhymes and nursery rhymes,  plays with language in a fun and silly way that children enjoy. Moreover, the condensed format of poetry compels poets to chose precise words to express their ideas or emotions. These carefully chosen words add a rich vocabulary to children's understanding of the world.

Spotlight on Author/Illustrator

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

Photo of Laura Vaccaro SeegerLaura Vaccaro Seeger rocks!
 
We will celebrate her artistry during our Saturday, April 5 Family Story Time.
 
Here are some Laura Vaccaro Seeger stories to share with your child

Curl up, get cozy, and read!

The Benefits of a Participatory Storytime

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In August 2013, librarian Nell Colburn wrote in her School Library Journal article, "Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-Year Pro," "The best story times are those in which adults are fully engaged -- shaking out their wiggles, clapping, singing, dancing, and encouraging kids as they interact with the books."

When adults participate in a story time, children are more likely to join in, making funny faces, meowing like cats, or stomping around the room.

Two story time classics in the DC Public Library catalog encourage readers of all ages to become involved in the story, often with hilarious results. 

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