First steps towards reading!

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That's not my hedgehogWe had a full house again for the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs last week. It’s wonderful to see how the clubs are steadily growing in popularity.  One of the babies stole the show by taking her first few steps at the first session!  A very special moment and one we were all thrilled to share with her surprised Mum!!  No doubt she’ll be flying around the Library by the next session!!!

We returned to the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile books last Tuesday with ‘That’s Not My Hedgehog’. This series is aimed at very young children.  The books are designed to develop sensory and language awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The books are ideal to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘A Hedgehog is Very Prickly’ to the tune of ‘One Finger, One Thumb keep moving’ to complement the story.

Hugs and KissesNext week we’re returning to the idea of books promoting loving relationships between adults and children.  We’re going to read a beautiful book written by Judi Abbot entitled ‘Hugs and Kisses’.  This is a very cute story which is written in very simple language about different animals sharing hugs and kisses with each other.  It’s one which you’re bound to enjoy bonding with your little one.  We’ll sing ‘You Are Special’ to the tune of ‘Good Night Ladies’ to accompany the book.


Highway RatThe Toddler Book Club covered the theme of manners and sharing again by reading another story written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.  Julia Donaldson is a very well-known children’s author and has written over 200 books.  ‘The Highway Rat’ is one of her own favourites and is specially aimed at younger readers.  It’s about a very bad-mannered rat who steals food from every animal he meets, even his own horse, until he encounters clever duck. 

Big Blue TrainWe will be reading a story by another author named Julia next Tuesday.  This time, we’ll cover ‘Big Blue Train’ by Julia Jarman and illustrated by Adrian Reynolds.  Julia Jarman is an award-winning British author who has written lots of children’s books that are available for loan at Dublin City Public Libraries.  Adrian Reynolds is a hugely talented artist and illustrator who has illustrated lots of picture books.

‘Big Blue Train’ is a great story for developing your little one’s imagination.  The story is a follow-up to Julia Jarman’s bestselling tale ‘Big Red Bath’.  It’s all about a little boy (Ben) and girl (Bella) who imagine they’re riding a train and all the adventures they have.  The tale is written using rhyme, rhythm and repetition all of which are recognised as supporting children's developing knowledge of written language.  It’s a fantastic book which, once read aloud together, children will enjoy browsing through for themselves.

See you all tomorrow.
Maria Sheahan (Librarian & Book Club Facilitator)

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Books Previously Read

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