Missed Storytime? Check Out What’s happening!

Posted & filed under Blog, Early Literacy, Youth & Teen.

Check out some of the themes above, including crafts you can do at home!

Interested in our upcoming programs? Take a look at our newsletter and programs for September and October. We have several special all-ages storytimes as well as a new time for our Musical Storytime.

Interested in reading recommendations? Check out our bookmarks that you can take when you’re in the library, or ask one of the librarians for more options!

Celebrating Graphic Novels in Libraries Month

Posted & filed under Blog, Youth & Teen.

It’s no secret that we’re super fans of comics/graphic novels at Lincolnwood Library. Just ask any of our librarians to suggest titles for young readers and we’ll light up with excitement. Earlier this year, in order to make our juvenile comics collection more accessible, we moved it so that it’s the first collection you can find when you walk into the Youth and Teen Services Department, with plenty of space in front of it to sit down and explore the books. We leveled up in July by celebrating our appreciation for this medium for storytelling all month during Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month.

We curated several displays for readers to discover comics that are perfect for them because there are graphic novels for readers of all ages. Here are some lists of great graphic novels (and comics-related titles) from our display!

Great Graphic Novels: Early Readers

Great Graphic Novels: Middle Grade

Great Graphic Novels: Teen

Some of these comics were even selected by young readers to add to our display. And we often had to add more comics to the display due to them frequently being checked out.

We also provided resources for caregivers to learn more about the power of graphic novels, including Raising a Reader from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Toon Book’s Reading Comprehension Poster, A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics: Choosing Titles Your Children Will Love by Scott Robins & Snow Wildsmith, and Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea by Elisa and Patrick Gall.

As part of our display, we asked young readers to answer two questions: 1. Why do you love comics? 2. Which comics do you recommend? on word bubbles to then add to the display. They, of course, received free comics swag for participating. Adding the word bubbles had the unexpected result of making the books look like they’re speaking, as though the display is a comic come to life. I could talk all day about the benefits of reading comics related to self-selection and lifelong reading, visual literacy, comprehension, increasing the volume of reading and promoting book joy but… I think it’s incredibly valuable to listen to young people and their reasons for reading comics. One of our fantastic CAT volunteers transcribed the kids’ comments and I’ve made some minor spelling/grammar corrections.

I like to read graphic novels because they are really easy. My favorite comic is The Baby-Sitter’s Club. 

I like to read because it is fun.

Comic books are more entertaining.

I love Iron Man.

I like to read because it’s interesting.

I love Superman.

I love graphic novels because they are very detailed and fun to read. I recommend Brave.

I like comics because they are very expressive when it comes to characters, so you get a feel of what they are like.

Because of the word bubbles.

I love comics because of the interesting pictures and [they’re] easy and fun to read. Comics I recommend: Be Prepared, All Summer Long, Babymouse series, Amulet, Cardboard Kingdom.

I like comics because they’re not novels. 

I love comics because it has words and pictures. I recommend Sisters.

Jokes.

Graphic novels can show how authors see their characters and how the characters feel. I would recommend El Deafo.

My favorite comic and graphic novel is Roller Girl, mainly because it inspired me to join roller derby myself. Graphic novels and comics are good to read because they incorporate two different types of art which exposes kids to new things.

I like comics because they are a fun mix between watching TV and reading. It’s a way to watch the action without actually watching. My favorite comic is Sunny Side Up.

I love graphic novels because they have so many meanings and [they’re] really funny. My favorite book here is: Sunny Side Up, Owly, Pix: One Weirdest Weekend.

I like reading comics because of my superheroes like Flash and Batman.

Because it is fun. [I recommend] Superman and Spider-man.

I like graphic novels because they let you see how the author sees this world.

Comics have a lot of expressions that make the comics fun. I recommend All Summer Long, Lumberjanes series, Be Prepared and many more!

I like comics because it is an easy to read. Also, when you’re looking for the evidence, you can find it easily. I recommend Razzle Dazzle Unicorn!

I like reading graphic novels because they are quick reads. There are many kinds of graphic novels, fantasy, history, and realistic fiction. I recommend: Be Prepared, Smile, Guts, El Deafo, The Tea Dragon Society, Cardboard Kingdom, Best Friends.

I like reading because some books are nonfiction and they teach you something you never knew.

I like comics because they are fun and easy to read.

I like graphic novels because the feelings that the authors want the reader to have are easier to get. Graphic novels are more explained and dramatic. [I recommend] Amulet.

I like to read graphic novels because I find them more appealing than novels. A teen graphic novel I would recommend is Spinning.

I love comics because of the heroes and the action! Some comics I recommend are: Ms. Marvel, My Hero Academia.

I like comics because they are short.

Because they are easy to read. I recommend Wallace the Brave.

I like reading comics because it’s less complicated with the pictures and speech bubbles. My favorite graphic novel is Sisters.


These young people’s powerful insights about their experiences reading comics tell us that they are getting so many different things when they read comics. Try asking a young person in your life about comics and which ones they recommend and you’re certain to have an eye-opening, thoughtful conversation. And if you’re looking for books to share with them, check out the kids’ recommendations! And you can always come to the library for a personalized suggestion. While Graphic Novels in Libraries month may be over, we celebrate comics & choice every day at Lincolnwood Library.

Missed Storytime This Week? Check out tips and activities about Sharks!

Posted & filed under Blog, Early Literacy, Youth & Teen.

To celebrate Shark Week, check out our shark related Storytime activities! If you are interested in more crafts beside the Feed the shark alphabet game, check out Mini Makers program.

Tip: This rhyme good for waking up in the morning. It is especially good to touch the body parts as you sing the song so the child can better associate the body parts.

“Wake Up Feet”


wake up feet
wake up feet
wake up feet and wiggle wiggle wiggle
wake up feet
wake up feet
wake up and wiggle in the morning
(can repeat with as many body parts as desired)

Missed Out on Storytime this week? Check out these tips and activities about the Moon

Posted & filed under Blog, Early Literacy, Youth & Teen.

Help us celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing with our Storytime Moon week! Also – if you missed out on our Mini Makers, take a look at our I-spy bottles that you can do at home! Also, check out our Mini Moon that you can make at home with aluminum. Hope to see you soon!





Criss Cross Applesauce – Tickle Rhyme

EL Tip: 


This tickle rhyme has a lot sensory elements (blowing on the neck). Babies are just beginning to explore their senses. 


criss cross apple sauce
spiders crawling up your back (w/hand movement up the baby’s up back) 
cool breeze
tight squeeze
and now you got the shivers!!!

Missed Storytime This Week? Check out these activities about Homes

Posted & filed under Early Literacy, Youth & Teen.

Interested in more crafts, fingerplays, and songs that you can do at home? Check out these activities and a paper bag D.I.Y City that you can easily do from anywhere. And if you’re interested in more D.I.Y activities, check out our Mini-Makers Make and Take Group on the first Saturday of the month!

Hurry Scurry Little Mouse




Tip: This is a great rhyme for older kids because it has a small element of story to it. Also, for learning body parts, knees are an unusual body part to encounter in rhymes. 


“Hurry Scurry Little Mouse”



Hurry scurry little mouse
starts down at your toes
Hurry scurry little mouse
past your knees he goes
Hurry scurry little mouse
past where your tummy is
Hurry scurry little mouse
comes up for a mousey kiss!

Missed Storytime this week? Check out these activities for Stars/Fireworks!

Posted & filed under Early Literacy, Youth & Teen.

Take a look at our activitiy sheet in celebration of the 4th of July with activities, songs, and crafts dealing with Stars and Fireworks. We also have lots of new programs beginning this month, so if you would like to be in the know, make sure to subscribe to our Early Literacy e-mail list!



“The Moon is Round: A Bath Time or Diaper Changing Rhyme” 


Tip: this is a great bath time or diaper changing rhyme. It is great for learning body parts as well as creating bonding moments.


-You can use a washcloth to add sensory elements to this rhyme as well. 


The moon is round (use washcloth or hand)
As Round as can be
With two eyes, a nose, and a mouth like me


You can add in other body parts if you’d like

Enjoy!



Missed Storytime This Week? Check out these tips, songs, and crafts about Farm Animals

Posted & filed under Blog, Early Literacy.

Take a look at this week’s Storytime theme, including a paper plate chicken that you can make! Also check out our Early Literacy Tips on our expanding Early Literacy page. Also, you can subscribe to our newsletter to get up to date information on our programming and information that we provide! Enjoy! http://lincolnwoodlibrary.org/kids-events/earlyliteracy/

“Baby Put Your Pants On”

Tip: this is a great way to add purposeful language during the time you help your little one get dressed. This song is great for learning articles of clothing as well as learning body awareness language.

“baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on

baby put your pants on 1, 2, 3”

(Repeat section)

Leg to the left, leg to the right

wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight

“baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on

baby put your pants on 1, 2, 3”

(Repeat with any article of clothing you would like)

Missed Storytime this week? Check out these activities and tips about Picnics

Posted & filed under Blog, Early Literacy.

With the official start of summer, check out these activities, rhymes, and fingerprint ant activities! Also, check out our videos and Early Literacy tips so you can continue the Storytime fun at home!

Tip: This rhyme can help babies feel the rhythm of the words, which in turn will help them learn to make words on their own. Rhythm, words, and literacy go hand in hand, which is why we incorporate different music and songs into every storytime. 

“A Rough Road”

A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road

A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road

A rough road, a rough road, a rough road

A hole!!!

Repeat 2X