Young Children

Young Children

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Storytime Favorites

These are some of our very favorite books to read at storytime.

Monthly Staff Lists

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Board Books for Toddlers

Engaging books that will allow toddlers to explore the world around them without leaving home.

Picture Books with a Recipe Included

After you read a good story with your child, you can make the recipe included in the book to enjoy together.

New Kids books at the library

Staff Picks

Online Resources

Early Childhood Essentials: MiRegistry

MiRegistry

Visit the statewide site for professionals, trainers and organizations to verify and track employment, training and educational accomplishments.

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What is MiRegistry? 

Learn how MiRegistry can benefit individuals, trainers and organizations.

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MiRegistry instructions 

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a MiRegistry account, which you'll need to receive credit for continuing education trainings.

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Developing your child's literacy skills

Read and discuss stories

  • Before you open a book, read the title and look at the pictures. Guess what it might be about.
  • Read a story and act out movements to some of the action words.
  • Reread your child’s favorite book.
  • While reading, describe the pictures, talking about colors, shapes and characters.
  • Read books together that are about people who are alike and different from you and your child.

Talk Sing and Point

  • Sing a nursery rhyme.
  • Make up your own verses for the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know it.”
  • As you walk or do errands, talk about what you are doing while do it and what it going on.
  • Say and do the motions to one of your favorite rhymes.

Maximize Love and Minimize Stress

  • Respond to your child’s feelings and let them know that all feelings are okay.
  • Have your child help you prepare dinner.
  • For snack, offer limited choices. For example: apples OR grapes.
  • Spend time outside together.  Spread out a blanket and look at the clouds.

Play - Explore Through Movement and Play

  • Put on a puppet show using stuffed animals or make your own sock puppet.
  • Play search and find: hide things under a blanket and have your child “find” it or play hide and seek.
  • Get out spoons and pots to make a kitchen band.
  • Drawing is a good way to exercise little hands and be creative. Put out some crayons and paper. Your child can also experiment with tearing and folding the paper.

Count - Group and Compare

  • Help your child clap to the beat as you listen to a song.
  • In the bath, fill up and dump out a cup. Talk about “full” vs. “empty” and “in” vs “out.”
  • Count a basket of objects together and sort them into related groups.
  • Share a counting book together.
Count - Group and Compare
Play - Explore through movement and Play
Read and Discuss Stories
Love - Maximize and Manage Stress
Talk - Sing and Point
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