The Story Is in the Pictures

ZathuraApril 27 was National Tell a Story Day. Some children need no urging to make up a story, while others are a little more reserved and might need some prompting. One way to help is to use wordless picture books. It’s easy to look at a book with no words, just pictures, and think that it is too simple for your child and will not help to advance her reading level. However, this is not the case. Not only are these books filled with beautiful illustrations, but they also can help advance a child’s creativity and storytelling capabilities.

Check out one or two (or 10, if you’re me) of these books next time you visit the library and have your child go through the book, making up the story on his own about what is happening in the illustrations. Children can go at their own pace and the stories can be as serious or silly as they want them to be. The best part about these types of books is that the story can change every time! Often the illustrations are very detailed and offer something new to see each time you read the story, allowing for the story to change very easily. Continue reading

Superheroes at the Library

Superheroes seem to be everywhere, from the latest blockbuster movie, to toy shelves full of Spider-man and Batman, to costumes worn by the small (and the tall). We also see these heroes in the library – a cute caped crusader sitting in on story time is a pretty common sight. Many children love to dress up and adopt their favorite superhero personas simply because it’s fun. Such play also cultivates your child’s creativity and social skills.

Kids dressed as superheroes

The mask and cape empowered this shy little girl, and she gave us some great poses for pics.

Because we often see these heroes fly by our children’s desk (sometimes faster than a speeding bullet), we recently invited them to come together for our “Superhero Training Academy.” In this program, kids 5 and older created a unique superhero identity and trained with their super powers. Kids made capes and masks, had pictures taken in their heroic costumes, completed an obstacle course, played a hero/villain matching game and competed in bowling for super villains.

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