Listening to a story is an enjoyable way to improve literacy skills for children of all ages and reading levels.
Over the past week I have answered the same question many times, so it must be a trending topic in Oakland right now:
My second grader wants to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid but doesn’t read chapter books yet. Do you have any suggestions?
I borrowed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice DVD from the library and my kid loved it. Now she wants to read the book, but she isn’t a strong reader. Do you have any suggestions?
I want to read a book with my child but I am not the best reader, do you have any suggestions?
I want read with my child in English, but I need help with my pronunciation, what do you suggest?
Every one of these questions can be answered with the same answer:
Read along with an audio book!
An audiobook, otherwise known as a recorded book, is an audio recording of a talented thespian (that is a fancy word for actor)
Interested in Harper Lee? Read Paul Theroux's Smithsonian article about the bittersweet past and present of Monroeville, Alabama; the real-life setting for Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
Free fun for the whole family at the Oakland Museum this Sunday celebrates reading, and Summer Reading Challenge finishers!
Oakland proved we know how to party with our city-wide celebration of the Warriors in June. Now it's time to celebrate something even more important: almost 10,000 children have read this summer in the Oakland Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge. So let's party!
Join us at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday (August 2) from 12 to 4. All children who've finished the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a signed certificate of completion. Everyone is welcome, and every child will receive a book, thanks to the East Bay Children's Book Project.
Even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.
Last month I highlighted travel memoirs. This month I've gathered together fiction titles in which the protagonists embark on journeys and quests. So even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.
Featuring ten of our most highly recommended Musician Biographies and Music Memoirs in celebration of the Adult Summer Reading Program's "Read to the Rhythm" theme.
Have you signed up for the OPL “Read to the Rhythm” Adult Summer Reading Program, yet? All you have to do is:
- Pick up a raffle card from any library location.
- Either read a book and write a short description/review OR complete three different activities listed on the card.
- Turn in your completed card at the library.
- Do it again!
Sure, reading is its own reward, but our Summer Reading prizes this year include a variety of gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD, so get those raffle cards in by the program end date of August 8th!
Among the listed activities, in keeping with the musical theme, is to read a book about a musician. To further that goal, here is an annotated list of 10 of the best musician biographies and Music Memoirs we have on our shelves:
It can be hard for preschool-aged kiddos to sit through an entire picture book.... Here are suggestions for fun, interactive books that will leave them asking for more!
Q: My Preschool-aged child is having trouble paying attention while I read her an entire picture book. Can you suggest books that will better hold her interest?
A: First of all, don’t get frustrated if your child isn’t paying attention to books as long as you would like them to—it’s totally normal for kiddos to tire of a book or get distracted before you think reading time should be over. The important thing is to make reading a fun and special time, so if your child becomes restless go ahead and move on to another activity! You can always return and finish the book when your child is ready.
Oakland Public Library also has MANY interactive and sensory-friendly read-aloud picture books that will grab your kiddo’s attention and not let go! Interactive picture books are a great way to involve your child in the story, by asking them questions, inviting them to dance or move around, or providing flaps to lift.
Check out these super fun and interactive picture books at your local Oakland Public Library branch—or put these on hold in our online catalog using your
The little known histories of the United States
July 4th is over and we have celebrated the independence of the United States from Britain once again. There are many stories, legends, and myths surrounding the birth and past of our country.They generally tell the story of those in power. The days leading up to Independence Day got me thinking about the stories of those who weren't in power or the stories of the regular folks. Here are a few.
OPL is proud to announce... Beanstack! Get weekly emails with recommended books, apps, and events for your kids.
Are you looking for a way to find new books for your kids, or keep track of your favorites? How about adding to your little ones' excitement about reading with digital badges? Wondering what apps will be best for your family? Sounds like you should give Beanstack a try!
When you sign up for Beanstack, you'll start getting weekly emails with recommended books, apps, and events based on your child's interests and age. Click the link in your email and go straight to OPL's online catalog, where you can place the book on hold to pick up at your nearest branch. Couldn't be simpler! Click here for instructions and a helpful (and cute) video.
As you and your child read, you can save the books to their profile and earn animal and superhero badges.
Here at OPL, we especially love that Beanstack helps families find books with diverse characters doing everything things, and its emphasis on