Literacy Through Lip-Reading

There’s a whole host of reasons to read, sing, and talk with your babies every day, from sharing a special bonding moment together to helping build their literacy skills, and now a new study about the speech development of infants confirms it: your babies learn to talk by listening to (and watching) you! It’s not…
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Carry On

Rainbow Rowell is one of the most acclaimed authors in young adult fiction right now (in 2013 her books Eleanor & Park and Fangirl were both named on the New York Times as some of the year's best in young adult fiction), so it might be a little redundant to recommend book Carry on as well, but I can’t…
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Print Exposure Builds Literacy

Print exposure – the act of making written words visible to young children – is a key component in developing children’s reading skills, and a new study confirms that it is an integral part of developing pre-reader's sense of how meaning is attached to words. In a study conducted at Washington University in St. Louis…
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Books and Bagels

Calling all students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade! You're invited to join us at ELPL for our monthly book club just for you, Books and Bagels. So what is Books and Bagels all about? After reading the book of the month, we meet with friends to discuss the book, participate in a hands-on activity based on the…
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A Little Life

I was warned, several times, before I even started Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life: it is not an easy one to read. And within the first 50 pages (of a hefty 750 total), it became obvious just how true those warnings were. This is a harrowing, challenging book, dealing with a laundry list of painful…
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The Raven King

First, two disclaimers: one, I’m using this review as an opportunity to recommend the whole series, so if you haven’t already, don’t start with The Raven King, which is the newly released fourth and final book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series – start with The Raven Boys and its two follow-ups, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily…
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Ida, Always

In Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso, we meet Gus and Ida, two polar bears who live together at a zoo in New York City (based loosely on the real life polar bear residents of the Brooklyn Zoo) and spend all their time together. But when Ida suddenly falls terminally ill, they both have to confront…
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The Neapolitan Novels

As a children’s librarian, I read (and love) tons of books for kids and young adults, but I still find myself needing to return to my English-major roots and pick up a long literary novel from time to time. And I’m so glad that I happened upon Elena Ferrante’s series The Neapolitan Novels as my…
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Storytime Kits Are Here!

ELPL is excited to announce the debut of our newest section of the children’s collection: storytime kits! Storytime kits are just what they sound like – collections of books, music, and activities with a central theme that let you have your own mini storytime at home. With kit themes like animals, colors, ABCs, and more…
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