Christine Turner's blog

The Labyrinth of "Leveled Readers"

 What Makes Finding Early Readers So Confusing For Parents? Everything! 

When you enter the early reader section at your public library the books are most likely organized by the authors last name. Unless you have found the item on the card catalog this information is not helpful.  What complicates things even further, is that as a collective whole Publishers do not have a universal system for leveling early readers. So, how in the world can you find the right item for your child?

 

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Mystery Readers

Here are three great mystery series for those of you who are just starting to read books which are a little longer than the basic early reader. 

Nate the Great  [Book One]

Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

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Books and More

My blog this week includes the titles which we read during our  mornings Story Pals program.  If you were in attendance you may add these items to your Summer Reading Program logs. You will also find the lyrics to many of the songs that we sang. As always, it was wonderful to see your smiling faces and I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer. 

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Kids Movie On July 2nd & Holiday Craft On July 3rd

Monday, July 2nd, @ 3:30 pm.  Movie & Popcorn We will be showing a movie on our BIG screen!  It's time to join Flynn and Rapunzel as they get "Tangled" in a wild adventure! This movie is rated PG and has a running time of 100 minutes. We will be sitting on the floor, so you will want to  bring a small pillow, blanket, or lovey to get comfortable for the show. Popcorn will be provided; a water fountain can be found in the lobby. Tickets are not required for this program but space is limited. 
Tuesday, July 3rd, @ 3:30 pm Fourth of July Craft - Tickets are Required Kids and Tweens get ready to celebrate Independence Day by making an awesome craft! 

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No Children's Program on Monday, but..

Barmollys Snakes, Tuesday, June 26th @ 3:30 pm 

Please see ticketing information below.

Learn about the natural world and snake behavior. From identification to habitat, medical uses and more! Interesting myths and legends are also included in the presentation. There will be an opportunity to view, touch and perhaps even hold live snakes! 

Tickets

The safety of the children we serve is our first consideration. Room capacity, as determined by the fire Marshall, as well as our desire for a high quality program, does necessitate limits. Please be aware that space is limited and tickets will be required.

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Science Programs for Kids

Fun With Science @ The Library!

Please see ticketing information below.

Houston Audubon Society Presents Birds, Books & Beyond, Monday, June 18th @ 3:30 pm

Soar into the world of birds and discover how amazing our feathered friends truly are. This program features live birds, lots of hands-on activities, bird song and dance, fun books to look for at your library, and much more! Great for all ages!

Mad Science of Houston Extravaganza ,Tuesday, June 19th @ 3:30 pm

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Folk and Fairy Tales Taken To The Next Level.

 The books that I've included this week are fractured fairytales. In these stories, the authors has taken the traditional folk and fairy tales that we love, and added their creative  spin to the story.  I have used many of these books in my storytimes and they are always a hit with children. 

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Tuesday, June 12, Julian Franklin Will Present "Top Secret:Spy-A-Book!"

 Shhh... I can't divulge any information about Julian Franklin's program because it's Top Secret.

What I can tell you is that the program is for children and will start at 3:30 pm. Also, tickets are not required. 

 Spies and Lies: Famous and Infamous Spies  by Susan K. Mitchell.

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Come And Be Amazed By Magician Ted Schwank

On Monday, June 11 @ 3:30 pm, Master magician Ted Schwank will be performing for children. Tickets are not required for this show.

Close-Up Tricks by Stephanie Turnbull.

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Magical Motor Skills - The Mind Body Connection

In last week’s blog, we discussed the importance of getting outside and enjoying nature.  This week’s book list focuses on how parents can create fun activities which will help develop your child's gross and fine motor skills. Many medical and educational experts agree that motor skills support the development of connections between the left hemisphere and right hemisphere of the brain.  I hope that you and your child enjoys the suggested activities in these books. 

 

 

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