Monday, January 7, 2013

Building a Home Library A to E



A home library is important. Studies have indicated that children who have access to more books will become better readers. However, it can be difficult to know which books to add to your home library. It can be difficult to know how to organize and store your books. It can be difficult to make room for all the books you and your children love. This week at ready-set-read.com, I'll be sharing tips from myself and other bloggers on how to build a home library. This is part kid blogger network's ABC series.
Today, I am highlighting letters A-E on building a home library. I'll share two tips to help you scale down the size of your home library and three genres to check and make sure you have included in your home library. So without further ado...


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A is for...Audio Books


Audio Books 



 Pete the Cat
I Love My White Shoes
The Pete the Cat book series generally comes with a free code to download the audio version of the book.

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Great Audio Books for Kids
A list of audio books that we have enjoyed.



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American Library Association's Notable Children's Recordings
List of audio books from the past few years that have been noted for quality by the ALA. I use this list to search our local library which is a great way to sample audio files.


Storynory
One site where children can access free audio books online.



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B is for... Books for Boys



 Books for Boys



 Best Books for Boys
by Pam Allyn
A reference book with tips on creating a reading environment for boys plus 130 page of book suggestions for boys from emergent readers to mature readers.







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C is for ....Concept books
If you have preschoolers, check your library to see if you have books that teach preschool concepts. This could include books on numbers, letters, shapes, or colors. You don't have to have tons of these books but it is helpful to have a few favorites on hand. Here are a few of our favorites.

Shapes 



Color Zoo
by Lois Ehlert
Ehlert uses shapes to form abstract animals.



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Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes 
by Roseanne Thong
 Shapes are shown through illustrations of objects from traditional and modern Asian culture.



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Mouse Shapes 
by Ellen Stoll Walsh
This story uses mice to teach how shapes are formed.



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When a Line Bends A Shape Begins
 by Rhonda Growler Green
A rhyming text teaches shapes from simple to complex.



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If you enjoy these books, check out more like them along with a free printable book for learning about shapes.


 Colors



Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?
by Bill Martin Jr.
Learn color words through the repetitive text in this classic book.



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Freight Train
by Donald Crews
A rainbow train will make learning colors fun for a train lover.



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How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?
by Jane Yolen
Little readers can learn color words and dinosaur names in this fun book.


How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?



Where is the Green Sheep?
by Mem Fox
This book explores color words and descriptive language in a fun rhyming text.



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The Deep Blue Sea
by Audrey Wood
Explore colors in a tropical setting.




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Mis Colores, Mi Mundo = My Colors, My World
by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Explore color words in English and Spanish.



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Mouse Paint
by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Fun book about how colors are made.




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My Crayons Talk
by Patricia Hubbell
In this rhyming text, a young girl explores descriptive language and color words.



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After reading these color books, try some of these fun activities on learning colors.


D is for... Dr. Seuss

We have several Dr. Seuss books in our library. They are great for springboarding book activities and art projects.


 Dr. Seuss Books 



Green Eggs and Ham


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Dr. Seuss ABC


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The Foot Book


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Mr. Brown can Moo! Can You?


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Fox in Socks


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Cat in the Hat


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 Montessori Tidbits has a great post on finding the level of many Dr. Seuss books as well as extensive list of Dr. Seuss books.



E is for... Ebooks


 Ebooks for Kids







How to find Ebooks Online
Ebooks are another great way to build a huge home library without needing a place to store all of your books. There are several places you can find books for free online



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Daily list of free kindle books
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 If you are looking for books to feed your reader, you can also often stock up on books while they are free +Bethany Winston from No Twiddle Twaddle compiles a daily list of free ebooks for kindle. 


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I also have several ebooks available in my Teachers pay Teachers store for iPad and iPhone. These are designed for early readers to read independently. 


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Tomorrow I will be covering F-J of building a home library. Tomorrow will be all about variety. Do you have enough variety in your home library? Come back tomorrow to find out.

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers who are offering wonderful advice on kids activities A-Z. Today I'm checking out these fun arts and crafts ideas!


5 comments:

  1. I think these are so important to have available to your children.

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  2. Great list, Jackie. If you have time, I'd love it if you linked up to The Children's Bookshelf at What Do We Do All Day? sometime this week. :)

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  3. Fabulous, this is a wealth of information and fantastic suggestions for books. Thanks so much! Pinned and tweeted.

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  4. Such a great list! Pinned it and tweeted it!

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