There Are No Words

The purpose of illustrations in picture books is to extend the text, add visual elements, and help children comprehend the story.  Books with no words, on the other hand, tell the story entirely through the illustrations.

The benefits of reading books without words are many.  Children that are not able to read yet are given the opportunity to read and understand a book all by themselves. Reading a wordless book connect prior knowledge and promotes storytelling skills.  Asking questions such as “what do you think will happen next” or “what do you think the character is saying” encourages discussion and introduces new vocabulary.

Reading Rockets states that there is no right or wrong way to read a wordless picture book and discusses the best way to share wordless picture books.

School Library Journal talks about empowering children using books without words.

Wordless picture books are on display in the youth department this week. Come in and discover the beauty and importance of books without words.

This week’s handouts:  BT Jan 25 Space, Tottime Jan 25 Space

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See you next week in the story time room.


Musical Story Time

Babies and Tots can sit still for only a small amount of time so reading a lot of books during story time does not work well.  Therefore, I play a lot of music in my story time.  Music captures their attention and has a calming effect and also plays a key role in baby’s brain development.  Singing breaks up words into smaller sounds and helps babies and toddlers with language development.  Sing to your babies–they already love the sound of your voice.  Young children love the patterns and rhythms of music and quickly learn to recognize melodies strengthening musical pathways in the brain. Holding and shaking a shaker to the beat of music develops motor skills. The shaker eggs are favorite in story time.  Today we made shakers to take home.  You can do it too.  Place a small amount of rice in a folded paper plate and tape closed.  Add a few streamers or color with crayons and start the music.

Watch how music calms this crying baby.

Music triggers an emotional response from this baby.

For more information on this topic read Building Baby’s Brain: The Role of Music

This week’s handouts:  BT Jan 11 Music  TotTime Jan 11 Music

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Things That Go

Cars, trucks, bulldozers, boats, airplanes and rocket ships.  These continue to be favorites for children of all ages, sparking imagination and play.  Story time this week it is all about things that go.

During our story time break we had fun making cars at our Toddler Drive-In program where we constructed a vehicle out of a simple cardboard box and then “parked” to enjoy a short story book video.  Try it at home.  All you need is an empty box, construction paper and some paper plates.  The library has a great selection of story books on DVD.  Find your favorite stories, “drive-in” and enjoy this time with your little one.


This weeks handouts: BT Jan 4 Things that Go,  TotTime Jan 4 Things that Go

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