Kristi Hanson - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Did you know that reading aloud to children is one of the most important things you can do to help them learn? Reading aloud helps children master words and grammar, which are the basic tools for learning to read. It also teaches them to be good listeners, which is important in any learning environment.

Most conversation is made up of the same 5,000 most common words that we all use, plus another 5,000 words that we use a bit less often. Anything past these 10,000 words are “rare words”, and they play a critical role in determining the strength of our vocabulary. Printed text, especially children’s books, contains many of these rare words. Reading to children exposes them to a larger vocabulary and this gives them a significant advantage when they start school.

For more on this topic and for a list of good read-aloud books suitable for children of all ages, check out The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.

Book Suggestion: The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash. Put this on hold at your library. And while you’re waiting, read his other novel, A Land More Kind Than Home.

Inspired by actual events, this is the chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill. The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of injustice. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movements in early twentieth-century America- and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers.

Bibliotaph (n.) One who hides or buries books, or keeps them under lock and key.

Ten Questions for...

Eric Yoon, age six

Q. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A. Yes, one brother (Owen) and one sister (Vivica).

Q. What is your favorite book?
A. Blue-Ringed Octopus: Small but Deadly by Natalie Lunis.

Q. If you had a super-power, what woud it be?
A. I’d have the power of electricity and I would use it to SHOCK bullies.

Q. What is your favorite food?
A. Cheese pizza

Q. What is the best thing about being a kid?
A. You get to play video games.

Q. What is the worst thing about being a kid?
A. Eating vegatables.

Q. What do you think would be the best thing about being a grown-up?
A. You can go to the dentist as much as you want!

Q. What do you think would be the worst thing about being a grown-up?
A. Going to the doctor and getting shots. I don’t like shots or when they get my blood out.

Q. Do you have a pet?
A. Yes, a cat named Mina. She’s a scaredy-cat.

Q. What is your favorite subject in school?
A. Lunch!