The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
Caldecott medals are awarded for the best illustrations in children’s books. This year’s winner is ‘Locomotive’ written and illustrated by Brian Floca. Filled with colorful illustrations, it’s the story of a cross country trip by train when trains still said ‘choo-choo.’ http://tinyurl.com/lco94h5
Do you want to learn a foreign language? Print, CDs and eAudio available at your library.
Reading aloud to children is vital because it helps them acquire the information and skills they need in life:
- Knowledge of printed letters and words, and the relationship between sound and print.
- The meaning of words.
- How books work, and a variety of writing styles.
- The world in which they live.
- The difference between written language and everyday conversation.
- The pleasure of reading.
Reading to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development and, later on, achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school.
The percentage of young children read aloud to daily by a family member is one indicator of how well young children are prepared for school.
February is Black History Month. For books on the subject go to our online catalog.