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BABIES/TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS READING SUGGESTIONS “When you not only hear a treasured story, but also are pressed against the most important person in the world, a connection is made that cannot be severed." -Maurice Sendak

If you have a little one in your life, it is important to know that early language and learning development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to your child’s earliest experiences. When you talk, respond, sing, read, and play with your baby, you are actually nurturing and stimulating the development of your baby’s brain! Print is everywhere so talk about the written words you see around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.

READ TOGETHER EVERY DAY: Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close. Be silly & have FUN! Read to your child with humour and expression. Use funny voices. Go ahead … moo, woof, and honk! Encourage coos, growls, and gurgles. The more your baby practices making sounds, the clearer baby’s speech will become. Engaging books that feature animals or machines invite movement and making sounds. Books with flaps or different textures to touch keep little hands busy. Books that include words we don’t use every day will introduce your child to a rich vocabulary. Once children are familiar with a story, let them tell you what will happen next. Use books and stories to help children think of their own solutions to problems.

SING, READ, REPEAT: Repeated fun with books will strengthen language development and foster a love of reading. Being new to the world means that every day is an adventure! Your child will identify with stories about dressing, eating, visiting, napping, and playing. Find books about things your toddler especially likes— trains, animals, the moon. These books hold a toddler’s attention and build enthusiasm for reading. Books that focus on shapes, circles and triangles are important because being able to see shapes will help children to later recognize letters. Problem Solving

Check out free, drop-in and ongoing library programming for little ones: FAMILY STORYTIME Wednesdays - 10:00am - 10:30am

Stories! Music! Fun! For children and their caregivers.

BABIES AND ONES Wednesdays - 11:00am - 11:30am

Rhyme, finger-plays, songs and lap bounces for infants 0- months and their caregivers. Expectant parents are also invited to attend.

BOARD BOOKS These are baby-friendly books. They have bright, bold illustrations that will grab a baby’s attention and are easier for a baby to handle – or chew! Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton, 2012. Bring on the giggles! Discover the silly rhymes, and adorable animal illustrations that make Sandra Boynton such a hit among families with very young children. (Several more books by this author are available.) Audience: Baby, Toddler.

1 2 3’s by Charley Harper, 2008. A classic 123 counting book featuring the colorful wildlife illustrations of Charley Harper. Young children can learn how to count to ten, through the delightful and graphic images of animals. Audience: Baby, Toddler, Preschool

Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton, 2013. Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen! With the earnest help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl goes in search of animals that fit his description of Mommy Owl. Audience: Baby, Toddler, Preschool

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, 1987. A classic innovative book that gets ‘eaten’ by the caterpillar is also a child friendly exploration of life cycles, counting, and colour. (Several more books by this author are available.) Audience: Baby, Toddler, Preschool.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, 2008. A sing-song rhyme celebrating babies around the world, and their tiny, adorable fingers and toes! Try counting your baby’s fingers and toes as a way to further engage your child with the book. (Several more books by this author are available.) Audience: Baby, Toddler.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle, 2012. Learn about colours, rhymes, and rhythm in this favourite. The repetition in the story helps build reading skills. (Several more books by this author are available.) Audience: Baby, Toddler, Preschool.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Caroline Jayne Church, 2014. This lovely adaptation of the lullaby will help sooth your baby to sleep. Learn the words to make it part of your daily settling down routine. Audience: Baby The Potty Book by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, 2000. Every little one’s graduation from diapers to the potty is always a very important moment--and one to make both parents and toddler proud. The parents bring home a potty and it’s time to graduate from diapers. The pictures and story will help your child to start getting the idea that it’s time to say, “I’m off to the potty!” Audience: Toddler, Preschool First Signs at Play by Jane Schneider, 2003. One of several books we have at the library to help parents teach signs to their children. This is a perfect book to look at with your babies of any age to teach them basic American Sign Language. The pictures are colorful and include a child or person demonstrating the sign, as well as the written word and description of the motion. One of a series that will help you to communicate with your child. Audience: Baby, Toddler Hello, Baby! by Jorge Uzon, 2010. One of a series showing the major stages in a baby’s first year, Hello, Baby! follows the first day in the life of the newborn baby as he eats, cries, sleeps, and is given a bath and cuddled. Audience: Baby

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle, 2009. Everywhere Blue looks in the big city, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans, a street sweeper, and even the mayor's limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there's a giant traffic jam! But it’s no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style. Brimming with bright colors, sounds, and city energy, this adventure makes working together and taking turns more fun than ever. Audience: Baby, Toddler, Preschool My First Hockey Book by Ian Crysler. 2012. A first hockey book for every Canadian child! This book celebrates all the ways hockey is enjoyed by even the youngest fans. Spare and simple text introduces action words and concepts that pre-schoolers are already learning, while bright, colourful photos show familiar scenes that will resonate with toddlers and their parents. Audience: Toddler, Preschool

Good Night! By Ethan Long, 2015. A series of parent-and-child animal pairs say "good night" and "sleep tight" to each other in couplets -- a chick's "cheep cheep" is answered by a chicken's "cluck cluck"; a puppy's "ruff ruff" is returned with a dog's "woof woof" -- all leading up to a human toddler and her dad at bedtime. This title in a brand-new board book series on animal (and human) first words, by award-winning author/illustrator Ethan Long, is sure to make tucking in a lot more fun. Also available by Ethan Long: Thank You! These are just a few of our board books. We have many about sports, games, animals, sounds and even more subjects, in a variety of shapes and sizes. Come in and browse to see which books you’d like to share with your child.

PICTURE BOOKS Reading picture books helps a child learn how a story is structured. Can you find the beginning, middle, and end? The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, 1978. This colourful little book tells the story of a country house that is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her. Audience: Baby, Toddler, Preschool

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk, 2014. Welcoming Arctic animals and landscape greet this sweet Inuk baby as his mother’s bedtime poem quietly soothes. Audience: Baby, Toddler.

My Very First Mother Goose, illustrated by Rosemary Wells, 1996. A collection of classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes aimed at young children, including “Hey Diddle Diddle,” “Pat-a-Cake,” “Little Jack Horner,” and many more. Audience: Baby, Toddler, Preschool

Freight Train by Donald Crews, 1978. Little ones learn their colours by watching the freight train trundle down the track (especially for those train lovers). Audience: Toddler

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham, 1970. Join Mr. Gumpy on his small boat with a cast of funny animals. Mayhem ensues but all ends well with everyone ready to do it again tomorrow. Audience: Toddler, Preschool

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen, 2005. Table manners are challenging–especially for dinosaurs. Your small dinosaur will enjoy learning along with these big ones. (Several more books by this author are available.) Audience: Toddler, Preschool

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems, 2003. Here’s a chance for your child to do the talking – unless you really want that crazy pigeon to drive the bus?! (Several more books by this author are available.)

Audience: Toddler, Preschool. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, 2012. Learn the alphabet with these cute little peas who do exciting things such as going into space, biking in a race, and being acrobats. Audience: Preschool

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, 2009. A humorous rhyming book about four animal friends who try to cheer up a cranky bear and along the way learn about empathy and kindness. (One of a series) Audience: Preschool.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, 2005. Want the kids to get into their pajamas and jump into bed? Use this story to encourage your little llamas that comforting parents are not far away. (One of a series) Audience: Preschool

Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt, 2006. Scaredy Squirrel is a worrier...but that doesn’t stop his zany plans from making us laugh – a lot. (One of a series) Audience: Preschool.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, 2014. A clever and imaginative look at what happens when two brothers go in search of the extraordinary. Audience: Preschool

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall, 2015. This is the story of Red, a blue crayon with a label that just doesn’t suit him, and how he learns to let his true colour shine. A freeing, insightful tale that will engage any child (or adult) who tends to colour outside the lines! (One of a series) Audience: Preschool

When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louse Gay, 2009. Kids will be filled with wonder when they read about the magic and marvels experienced in little Stella’s endearing and imaginative world. Audience: Preschool

The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett, 1989. Walking through the woods on a cold winter day, a boy drops his snow-white mitten. As each forest animal crawls into the mitten to get warm, the mitten stretches and stretches until…. Audience: Preschool

TUMBLE BOOKS If you can’t get in to the library, check out the web site and, on the right-hand side, you will find a book of the day to read on-line. Each book helps readers read along with the story. Each day there is a new book!

AND EVEN MORE! We also have cds of songs and stories, some with accompanying books, as well as books for young readers in French, Japanese, and Korean, fairy tales, and lots of counting and alphabet books. Videos appropriate for young children, and family-friendly current films are also available as is Chickadee magazine. The Story Tree by Hugh Lupton, 2001. CD. The seven stories included in this collection are versions of oft-told folktales from around the world. These retellings, with their repetitions and rhythmic language, reveal Lupton's background as a storyteller, and should appeal to young listeners.

The Princess and the Pea by Susanna Davidson, 2006. Read by Joanna Eliot. Retold from the

story "The princess and the pea" by Hans Christian Andersen. Prince Patrick wants to marry a real princess but they're not easy to find. Still anything is possible with the help of a cousin, a witch and a pea.

Bob the Builder: Spud the Dragon based on the script by Ian Carney, 2004. Spud finds a dragon costume from Mrs. Percival's school play and soon there's a naughty dragon on the loose! But what happens when the dragon falls in the mud and the costume is wrecked? Featuring Bob the Builder, this book & CD combination will have kids singing along with all their favorite tunes from the much loved TV show.

Mon Premier Livre de mots by Chez Picthall, 2002. Cette encyclopédie éducative aux couleurs vives répond aux besoins des tout-petits. Présenté par thèmes, ce livre de mots est rempli de superbes photographies et de questions qui stimuleront l'imagination et développeront les aptitudes de communication des enfants d'âge préscolaire. Trans: This educational encyclopedia, with bright colours and clear photographs, is divided into themes such as “colours”, “wild animals” and “games”. It is intended to stimulate the imagination and develop facility in communication for preschoolers. Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories by Florence Sakade, 2013. This is the anniversary edition of a book that, for 60 years, has presented Japanese fairy tales and other folk stories, providing insight into a rich literary culture. This colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book is proof

that well told stories, offering lessons in kindness and goodness, never wear out. Mighty Super Machines: On the Farm, 2006. Tractors are the workhorses of farms, and 'Allis Tractor,' pulling 'Polly the Plow,' makes easy work of a big field. Fast-talking 'Haybine' cuts up the hay and leaves it in windrows, and 'Baler' uses her special technique to roll the hay into tight bales. 'Combine' and 'Combo' harvest grain and separate the chaff from the grain, and 'Mack' hauls it away to the grain elevator. 'Stretch,' wraps hay with plastic so that it stays dry, and in the process the hay turns into silage that animals love! These videos deliver the big sounds, big pictures, and big thrills that little ones love! Corduroy – and more stories about caring, 2008. This is a read-along DVD that includes seven different stories. The animation styles are as varied as the different acts of caring portrayed in these delightful stories. "Corduroy" is a live-action short while "Mike Mulligan" and "Crazy Cakes" simply show the books' illustrations set to a background of perfectly chosen music. In all seven stories, the words are displayed underneath the action so that early readers can follow along with the narration, which is provided by the likes of Mia Farrow and Laura Dern.

PARENTING BOOKS Baby Play for Every Day: 365 Activities for the first year by Susannah Steel, 2015. New parents take heart -- you can boost your baby's development, bond with your newborn and infant, and get back into shape after pregnancy through play! This book highlights a simple baby play activity for every day of the year to combine bonding and baby development while having fun with your new baby. Colorful pages illustrate activities and baby games, paired with baby ages, for every day of the year, to make the most of your baby's emerging interests and abilities, from newborn to infancy. There are even energizing smoothie recipes for new parents, diaper-bag tips for best packing, all working to support happy, confident parents!

1 – 2 – 3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan, 2010. This revised edition offers a method of disciplining children ages two through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking. Parents learn to manage troublesome behavior, encourage good behavior, and strengthen the parent-child relationship avoiding the "Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit" syndrome which frustrates so many parents. Strategies for building a child's self-esteem, the six types of testing and manipulation a parent can expect from the child, as well as tips on how to prevent homework arguments, make mealtimes more enjoyable, conduct effective family meetings, and encourage children to start doing their household chores are all discussed. New advice about kids and technology is included.

Bringing up Bébé: one American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting by Pamela Druckerman, 2012. France's well-behaved children sleep through the night at two or three months old and eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. French mothers assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no need to feel guilty about this. Druckerman - a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal - sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that children - including her own -

are capable of feats she'd never imagined. The Opposite of Spoiled: raising kids who are grounded, generous and smart about money by Ron Lieber, 2015. Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, knows that children are hyper-aware of money, and have questions about its nuances. Parents need to model basic financial behaviors and to imprint lessons about what the family truly values. This book is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy, and offers a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition.

Whining & Dining: mealtime survival for picky eaters and the families who love them by Emma Waverman & Eshum Mott, 2007. One of the child-friendly cookbooks on our shelves, part cookbook, part parenting manual, this book - from two food lovers who are also mums of picky eaters - will bring sanity to every family's table.

The creative family : how to encourage imagination & nurture family connections by Amanda Blake Soule, 2008. Amanda Soule shares tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.

Creative Children's Spaces: fresh and imaginative ideas for modern family homes by Ashlyn Gibson, 2015. More than just creating nursery space, Gibson sets out to make sense of the basics, providing a valuable guide to creating a childhood haven that can evolve with your children and all their changing needs, from newborn to pre-teen, whether hideaways, creative spaces, homework zones or cozy bedrooms.

Camping With Kids in the West: BC and Alberta’s best family campgrounds by Jayne Seagrave, 2015. Jayne Seagrave has been camping with kids for over fifteen years, all across western Canada. She shares the wisdom of her experience with parents who want to introduce their toddlers, tweens, or teens to the wonders of camping and create family memories that will last a lifetime. There is practical information on 25 of the best family-friendly national and provincial campgrounds as well as what to pack for kids of all ages, what hazards to watch out for and more.

All Together Singing in the Kitchen: creative ways to make and listen to music as a family by Nerissa Nields & Katryna Nields, 2011. Music is not only fun, but it's also the foolproof way to family harmony and connection - it can soothe a crying baby, engage an active toddler, entertain during long car rides, and help everyone get through daily chores. In All Together Singing in the Kitchen you'll find all the tools you need for family music making - you don't need to know a thing about music to get started. This book will help you make music a larger part of your family's life, from playtime to bedtime.

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Babies/Toddlers/Preschoolers - reading suggestions  

Suggestions from the Banff Public Library for the youngest readers.

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