While enjoying the holiday weekend, I heard "The Star Spangled Banner" several times. I was reminded of Beverly Cleary's character, Ramona, who misunderstood the lyrics of "...by the dawn's early light.." to be "...by the donzerly light.." For a long time, Ramona wondered silently what a "donzerly" was, and when she finally asked what a "donzerly" was, she was quite embarrassed by the answer. Beverly Cleary does such a good job of conveying the intensity of her embarrassment and other key moments in Ramona's very emotional childhood.
It may seem surprising that even though babies cannot read, MCPL delights in having them involved in the Summer Reading Program. MCPL knows what smart parents, educators, and researchers know; it is never too early to start reading to your children.
Our Summer Reading Program is a big focus of our summertime activities at MCPL. The library staff always enjoys this season as we watch excited children enjoying our special thematic displays and picking out books to read. We especially enjoy our young patrons returning to claim their prizes. This year's program has ended sadly, but don't let that discourage you from visiting us and continue finding new literary treasures on our shelves. May I suggest the following idea?
Parents of young children often ask about where to start looking for good books to read to their children. After many years of teaching first grade and several years of planning and presenting library storytimes, I have accumulated a list of favorite authors.
As a mom, I’m always checking books out for my 5 year old daughter to keep her occupied, out of trouble, and to stimulate her imagination. Thankfully, she LOVES books, and we have created a "system": I bring home the books and pile them on the end of the couch, she sits down and looks through them all, and afterward, she puts them under the coffee table for us to read later. We are slowly working through the Juvenile Easy section. I figure by the time she’s in second grade and ready for chapter books, we will have made it through almost all of them!
This is a cute book with a splendid play on words. It’s a well-loved story as you can tell from our copy of the book at the Parkville Branch. It's quite kindly worn, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the read. In fact, sometimes these older books are more enjoyable just because of their character and their age.