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Kindergarten Prep

Starting kindergarten is a major developmental milestone for children and their parents. During spring, many elementary schools host "Kindergarten Round-Up” sessions to help families prepare for this exciting event. Here are some picture books you and your child can read together that deal with the excitement, worries and routine of kindergarten.

Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by Amy Wummer

The pirate of kindergarten by George Ella Lyon; illustrated by Lynne Avril

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; illustrations by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

Is your buffalo ready for kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

Baby Sign Language

Many parents teach signs to their young children before they are able to speak. If you'd like to try signing with your baby, we have materials that can help you get started. Below are some suggested books and DVDs that can be found in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby sign language basics: early communication for hearing babies and toddlers by Monta Z. Briant

Baby signing: how to talk with your baby in American sign language by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford

Baby sign language for hearing babies by Karyn Warburton

Baby talk: a guide to using basic sign language to communicate with your baby by Monica Beyer; with a foreword by Alan Greene

School

Enjoy some easy-to-read stories to get yourself ready to go back to school. Listed below are some of our newer arrivals. You can read them to yourself, or share with a school buddy. Happy reading!

Katie and the class pet by Fran Manushkin; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

The Smurfs: off to school! by Peyo

Class picture day by written by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by Mike Gordon

Splendid speller by Jane O'Connor; cover illustration by Robin Preiss Glasser; interior illustrations by Ted Enik

It's the 100th day, Stinky Face! by Lisa McCourt; illustrated by Cyd Moore

Little Book, Big Advice

Sometimes the simplest stories have the most to say. Children's stories can be that way and often give us a lot to think about. Children's authors Eileen and Jerry Spinelli recognize this in their book Today i will . This little book gives a years worth of interesting quotes from children's fiction books, and then challenges the reader with some thoughts and advice. Check out this little green book in the J800 section.

National S'mores Day

Today is National S'Mores Day! Did you know S'mores were invented by the Girl Scouts of America? When marshmallows became popular early in the 20th Century, enterprising Girl Scouts created an easy to assemble (marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers) dessert to enjoy over the campfire.
[Photo courtesy of What's Cooking America]

Language Learning Resources

Thinking of learning a new language or brushing up on a language that you learned in the past but haven't used in a while? Or, are you an English language learner that is looking for help improving your English? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the language learning tools that the CPL has to offer are going to help you out! Come to the library and check out some of our materials for a variety of different languages:

501 Spanish verbs: fully conjugated in all the tenses in a new, easy-to-learn format, alphabetically arranged by Christopher Kendris and Theodore Kendris

Japanese language learning DVD game [videodisc] by TOPICS Entertainment, Inc.; Euro Talk Interactive

Chinese language learning DVD game [videodisc] by TOPICS Entertainment, Inc.; Euro Talk Interactive

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