NEW CONTENT UPDATES!
A new booklist to support Block Play and Exploration has been added under the Resources tab on the Booklists page! Please note: If you have Block Party at your library, you are asked to have at least ten of the children's books on this list in your collection.
A new resource has been added in support of Playscape 8: Eating Healthy Growing Strong: an infographic handout for parents and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. DOWNLOAD this helpful tip sheet explaining how and why to balance juice with water for children's health! It will be a great handout to distribute after a Play K program/storytime or just to have available for parents.
A new resource tab for family engagement has been added to Cruise Libraries: Family Book Adventures!
Family Book Adventures are designed to provide all the support needed for libraries to host a one-to two-hour interactive family night. The activities in the guides are outlined for three different age groups of children: three activity stations to support preschool/kindergarten literacy skill building, an exploration table especially for toddlers, and extension activities that offer primary grade children the chance to take a deeper dive into the subject.
The purpose of these family night activities is to educate families about the importance of early literacy. The activities included in each resource guide will focus on the five research-based practices emphasized by the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® 2nd Edition initiative: Singing, Talking, Reading, Writing, and Playing. This event has the potential to provide the perfect opportunity for partnership between early childhood programs and local libraries.
The complete guide of the latest Family Book Adventure Guide featuring the book, Up Down and Around, by Katherine Ayres is now available for DOWNLOAD! Up, Down and Around is a former Pennsylvania One Book selection and you can find additional resources for the book on the One Book website.
The complete Family Book Adventure Guide featuring the book, Fabulous Fishes, by Susan Stockdale is also available for DOWNLOAD.
Commonwealth Libraries will provide free copies of the featured books for each participating family while supplies last! Please contact Susan Pannebaker: