Great Toddler Books by Leslie Patricelli
Today's children's book reviews feature two books by Leslie Patricelli, who seems to really have a knack for writing books for toddlers and preschoolers. Click on the titles to reserve your copy or to see if your local Free Library of Philadelphia location has a copy.
Be Quiet Mike! by Leslie...
April 2014 Early Literacy Calendar
Spring has sprung!
And what better way to celebrate the end of winter and the refreshing shot of warm weather than with a new Early Literacy calendar, on International Children's Book Day no less!
This month's calendar is full of fun suggestions that parents and caregivers can engage in with their children...
March 2014 Early Literacy Calendar
Is it Spring yet?!
Even if Old Man Winter won't leave Philadelphia, we can at least "Spring Forward" with warm-minded and sunshine-themed activities, arts and crafts, books, and music recommendations in this month's Early Literacy Calendar! Besides the always fun suggestions the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians curate each month,...
Valentine's Day is for Friends
Amid all the talk of love and romance, Valentine’s Day can provide an opportunity to talk with young children about friendship and kindness. Share these books with your preschooler and start a conversation about what makes a good friend.
Being Friends by Karen Beaumont
This rhyming book shows how two very different little...
Who's Got Cabin Fever?
When winter weather keeps you indoors and away from the playground, you and your preschooler may come down with a case of cabin fever. Fortunately, there are some great books that can get your family moving, laughing, and practicing pre-literacy activities: read, talk, sing, write, and play.
The Croaky Pokey by...
February 2014 Early Literacy Calendar
With the woeful winter weather we've been having so far this year in Philadelphia, you and the children in your life may have come down with major cases of cabin fever. What better way to chase away the winter blahs than with some fun activities, books, and music reccomendations to...
Youth Media Awards have been announced!
This week, one of the most exciting and prestigious events in children’s literature took place right here in Philadelphia. The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are a highly anticipated event in which the Caldecott, the Newbery, the Coretta Scott King and the Printz Awards, among others, are announced. And...
January 2014 Early Literacy Calendar
Happy New Year!
We're back after the holidays and ready to kick off a brand new year of great Early Literacy programs and events that emphasis Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing.
The January Early Literacy Calendar from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians is full of fun suggestions for early...
Let's Bake Some Cookies!
Baking cookies is a great activity to share with your little one. It involves so many aspects of learning disguised as complete fun! Literacy, mathematics, and fine motor skills are all exercised and enhanced as your child follows instructions, measures ingredients, and works with dough. Creativity and imagination play a...
Go, Dog, Go!
Did you know? October is National-Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, so if you’re thinking of adding a new furry member to your family, now is the perfect time to do it.
Of course, bringing a dog home is a big commitment, and one that should not be taken lightly. But if you and your...
September 2013 Early Literacy Calendar
It's the "Back to School Edition" of the Early Literacy Calendar from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians! We’ve been quite busy preparing for the new school year, too, so we apologize for the delay in publishing this month’s calendar.
This month's calendar is once again full of fun suggestions...
Sundays on Stage Fall Performances!
Sundays on Stage - Fall 2013
Sundays on Stage is a series of cultural programs featuring live performances by a variety of artists and entertainers. These family programs celebrate diversity through music, dance, storytelling, and more. Join us at 2:00 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium of the Parkway Central Library on...
The month of September happens to be the birth month of many children’s book authors and illustrators who have created wonderful books for preschoolers. Celebrate their lives and classic works by sharing them with your preschooler. You may discover an old (or a new) favorite!
Happy Birthday to:
Gail Gibbons, born September...
It's Time for Preschool
It’s back-to-school month! Your young child may be starting preschool for the first time this September. Help your preschooler get excited, or calm his or her worries, with these books from our collection. Be sure to ask a librarian for more recommendations.
It’s Time for Preschool by Esmé Raji Codell
Preschool Day Hooray!...
New Kids' Book about Reproduction
Is your child expecting a baby sister or baby brother at any minute? Are you wondering how to bring up the topic with a preschooler, or is your first or second grader wondering how babies are made?
A new picture book by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth called What Makes a...
August 2013 Early Literacy Calendar
It's the first of the month and time for a new Early Literacy Calendar from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians!
This month's calendar is once again full of fun suggestions for early literacy activities that parents, family, and caregivers can engage in with their children to help nurture and develop the necessary skills to read, emphasizing the five early literacy practices of Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing.
Download Early Literacy Calendar for August 2013 »
We've already reached the half way point in our Online Summer Reading program and are closing in on the 20-Million-Minute goal! If you and the...
Hooray for Ice Cream!
July is National Ice Cream Month!
Celebrate with your favorite “scoop” of Children’s books all about ice cream. Here are a few suggestions:
Infants and toddlers will enjoy turning the board book pages as you read the delightful book Yummy Ice Cream by Emma Quay.
Have fun laughing and reading together Should I...
Sundays on Stage returns for the Summer!
Get ready to rock, roll, dance, and dream this summer as our Sundays on Stage FREE perfomance series returns in July and August!
Two of a Kind presents, “I Dig Reading!”
Musical duo Two of a Kind get everyone involved in this interactive concert. With songs about the joys of...
July is a month full of celebrations. In the United States, the most popular day in July is Independence Day, July 4th, when we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America.
In celebration of Independence Day, help your preschooler to become...
Summer is here! Did you sign your child up for the Summer Reading Game? Take a trip to the library and be sure to sign up. Have you been using our literacy calendar with your little one? The library has the resources to help you with this. Visit your local...