There are many ways to promote and encourage your child’s creativity at home. The good news is, you don’t need to call in HGTV to redesign your home to create an arts and crafts studio! Here are some ideas that can be done on a budget at the kitchen table or outside on the driveway or picnic table. Of course, if you do have the space and resources to create an art space at home go for it! Here are some aspects of learning and development that you may want to consider when gathering your art materials.[Read more…] about Arts and Crafts at Home
BCFL’s new read-alongs from VOX Books are hardcover print editions of your favorite kids’ books. They have an audio recording built right into the book — no CD player or digital device required! Just plug in a pair of headphones or use the built-in speaker to hear the narration, and you’re ready to go! VOX books can be charged with any standard micro-USB charger.
There are a wide variety of choices, with over 100 different VOX titles that include both fiction and non-fiction picture books. Check out timeless favorites, such as Goodnight Moon, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs or Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, as well as newer popular titles such as I Am Enough, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, and A Hundred Billion, Trillion Stars.
Find them at your local branch, or search the catalog under “Readalong children’s books” to browse the full collection!
–Kathleen L., Collection Management Librarian and Jennifer M., Collection Management Coordinator
When your child has a loss in their life, having resources to start a conversation with them can be difficult. This can be especially trying if you are also going through a loss. Typically, speaking about loss directly, with realistic words, is best. Not using imaginary situations will help your child confront the loss. Sending a dog to the “farm” will not help the child deal with that pet’s death in a healthy manner. A child can go through the stages of grief in a natural way, and it will allow them to handle it better when they get older.
From death, to changing of a life situation, there are many books that can help you start the conversation and the healing process.
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
This book, written by the incomparable Fred Rogers, helps children share their feelings about the death of a pet. A reassuring book that grieving is a natural and healthy thing to do.[Read more…] about Talking to Your Child About Loss
As we head into the end of the year — and the end of the decade! — it’s time for our annual Staff Picks. This is the fifth year we’ve asked staff to name their favorite books published in the calendar year. Here are the children’s books they enjoyed most. See other Staff Picks for 2019 here.
We also highly recommend the books listed in our annual Books Make Perfect Gifts feature, which includes titles for young readers, from babies to young adults.[Read more…] about Staff Picks 2019: Children’s Books
We’re thrilled to announce our new badge program for children ages 3—5: Let’s Play School!
With Let’s Play School children can complete challenges to earn cloth patches, and they’ll have fun while working on core language, motor, and cognitive skills.
Visit your branch to pick up Let’s Play School activity cards or download them from our website. Check our Events calendar, too, for information on special Let’s Play School storytimes taking place at our branches.
If you have young readers on your holiday shopping list, we’re here to help! From board books to picture books, from easy readers to graphic novels and young adult fiction, we have suggestions to help you find the perfect gifts.
To make it easier for you, we’ve created bookmarks listing these titles — take them along while shopping, then use them to mark your spot in whatever book you’re reading. Stop by your branch to pick up the bookmarks. We’ll have them while supplies last.[Read more…] about Books Make Perfect Gifts
Growing up is hard and sometimes it is hard to find characters in the media that our young ones can look up to. It is never too early to teach our children about positive lifestyle choices, and what better way to begin teaching than with picture books from the library!
Here you will find a list of my favorite children’s books that promote positive role models and messages that every kid can relate to.[Read more…] about Picture Books with Positive Role Models
Toddler storytime is more than reading and playing. It is a special time for your child to begin a lifetime of learning. Young children can understand words long before the can say them. Remembering that there are different developmental timelines or milestones for toddlers is important. These milestones influence the understanding and meaning of words to each child at different times.
Many toddlers, as young as 18 months of age, can understand the meaning of objects and words. Along with the skill of comprehension, toddlers are developing and refining their fine motor skills. Combining these two skills and adding them to an interactive book, such as pop-ups, buttons, flaps, and 3-D elements, can increase a toddler’s wish to read. Storytimes introduce and reinforce many different types of books, stories, and authors.[Read more…] about Toddler Storytime
Did you know that Hoopla offers read-along books to help your child develop their reading skills?
Follow along as a professional narrator reads your child a story. Each word is highlighted as it is read, so your child can read along. Pages turn automatically, or you can toggle the settings to pause between pages and explore the illustrations with your child!
When you log into Hoopla with your Bucks County library card, you’ll find thousands of read-along titles including fiction and nonfiction picture books and leveled readers. Check out beloved characters like Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, and Curious George, plus your favorite Disney and Marvel heroes and even classics like Caps for Sale and Freight Train.
— Recommended by Jennifer M., Collection Management Coordinator
Music adds something special to every occasion. Our storytimes are no exception! We always begin and end with a song. Often, we look for ways to incorporate movement and music because it perfectly complements the books we read. I’ve compiled a list of our favorite movement songs for our storytimes. How many of them do you know?[Read more…] about Favorite Movement Songs