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Guess how much I love you!

 That's not my fox...The chosen book read by the Ballymun Library Baby Book Club last Tuesday was 'That's Not My Fox'. We had already covered ‘That’s Not My Lion’ and ‘That’s Not my Elephant’ from the publisher Usborne’s ‘That’s Not My...’ series of books. Each page of these books contains bright pictures and patches with various textures.  The series aims at developing sensory and language awareness among young children and the books are great to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘I’m a Foxy, Foxy Fox’ to the tune of ‘London Bridge’ to complement the story.

Chinese New Year reads for children

Chinese New Year Festival 2017The Chinese New Year festival runs from 28 January to 12 February with lots of events and celebrations taking place around Dublin. Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship and is a great opportunity to learn more about this rich and ancient culture with your children. We've picked a selection of picture books to share with your toddlers and preschoolers and chapter books, arts & crafts and non-fiction books for primary school children; as well as some bilingual books to introduce your child to Chinese language.

Suggested Books for Babies

Zeki Loves Baby ClubIt’s never too early to introduce your child to a love of books.  Dublin City Libraries holds a vast array of books suitable for all ages, even newborns! The Baby & Toddler Book Clubs have been running successfully at Ballymun Library since September 2016.  The aim of the clubs is to encourage a love of books and reading between parents/carers and their children in an informal and relaxed setting.

Here's a list of books they have read and songs/rhymes that you can share with your baby. We will be updating this page regularly so please do check back.

Suggested Books for Toddlers

Slug needs a HugIt’s never too early to introduce your child to a love of books.  Dublin City Libraries holds a vast array of books suitable for all ages, even newborns! The Baby & Toddler Book Clubs have been running successfully at Ballymun Library since September 2016.  The aim of the clubs is to encourage a love of books and reading between parents/carers and their children in an informal and relaxed setting.

Here's a list of books they have read and songs/rhymes that you can share with your toddler. We will be updating this page regularly so please do check back!

Preparing for Preschool

ColoursReading books to your child is an excellent way of teaching them about numbers, colours and animals before he/she starts school.  The Baby Book Club already covered the concept of numbers through Julia Donaldson’s (author) and Axel Scheffler’s (illustrator) Tales from the Acorn Wood series: Counting before Christmas. We returned to this series last week and read Colours.  The group sang The Rainbow Song to complement the theme of the story.

Reading together benefits your baby/toddler in so many ways!

At the ParkBallymun Library Baby Book Club continued exploring the series of books entitled ‘Small Talk’ by reading At the Park from same.  The ‘Small Talk’ series was set up by Nicola Lathey, a specialist speech and language therapist for young children and parenting journalist, Tracey Blake.  The stories use lots of text repetition and are designed to develop speech in young children.  Maria explained the importance of reading books slowly to babies as they need more time to work out who’s saying what and following the storyline. She also advised the group to allow babies time to mimic the story’s text as babies tend to respond slower than children.  This technique also helps babies to develop language skills.  Finally, the group learned the song Let’s Go to The Park to accompany the story.

Citywide Reading Campaign for Children

Knights of the Borrowed DarkChildren across Dublin are encouraged over the next two months to read about mysterious shape-shifting creatures that disappear into the shadows, as Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage children to read for pleasure. As well as reading the books, children are encourage to write their own - check out online activity at www.daverudden.com. There will be author visits to libraries as well as city-centre based events. The campaign ends on 19 March with a packed day of fun events based on the book, as part of the St Patrick’s Festival’s Big Day Out in Merrion Square.

'Small Talk' at our Baby & Toddler Book Clubs

Small talk: BedtimeAfter taking a break over the Christmas period, Ballymun Library book clubs were back with a bang last Tuesday! It was fantastic to see such a great attendance at both clubs with regulars returning and some new members showing up.

Festive fun for babies & toddlers

I love you Father ChristmasDespite the fact that Christmas is almost upon us, Ballymun Library had a great turnout to last Tuesday’s sessions.  At the Baby Book Club we read That’s Not my Lion from the publisher Usborne’s ‘That’s Not My...’ series of books.  We will also learned a new song titled ‘I’m a Lion’ which was sung to the tune ‘Three Blind Mice’.

Next week, we will read I Love You Father Christmas by Emma Dodd.  This is a lovely story all about Santa Claus and is guaranteed to put families in the Christmas spirit.

 

It's Roary-time at Ballymun Library

Counting by Julia DonaldsonLast Tuesday, 6 December, Ballymun Baby Book Club had lots of fun with numbers and counting using the book Counting from the book series Tales from Acorn Wood by author, Julia Donaldson and illustrator, Axel Scheffler.  Maria taught the group a new rhyme entitled ‘I Can Count’ to complement the story. 

There are lots of ways to incorporate counting in children’s routines such as:

(a) Counting food (cheerios, grapes)
(b) Climbing stairs
(c) When your child is swinging in the park
(d) How many books you borrow from the Library!

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