Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN:
Little monsters and goofy goblins take center stage in this silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem. But what will happen on Halloween when the monsters come face to face with human trick-or-treaters in this fun-filled book.
Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story THERE’S ONLY ONE YOU:
“In all the world over, this much is true: You’re somebody special. There’s only one YOU.”
This feel-good book reassures kids that, whoever and whatever they are, it’s awesome being YOU! Expertly written to include all kinds of children and families, it embraces the beauty in a range of physical types, personalities, and abilities. Kids will love discovering and recognizing themselves in these pages—and they’ll feel proud to see their special qualities acknowledged. Adorable illustrations by Rosie Butcher show a diverse community that many will find similar to their own.
Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story MYSTERY BOTTLE:
A boy in Brooklyn receives a package from Iran. When he opens up the mysterious bottle that lies within, a great wind transports him over the oceans and mountains, straight into the arms of his grandfather. Despite being separated by politics and geography, the boy and his Baba Bazorg can share an extraordinary gift, the bond of their love.
Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book THE BAD SEED!
Bad Seed activity sheets
Glue or tape
Crayons, coloured pencils or markers
Decorate/colour in the Bad Seed picture
Cut out the seed shell and cut it in half on the dotted line to create two pieces
Write or draw on the inside kernel your own ideas on how to be a “good seed” or cut out ideas from the “Ideas for being a good seed” template and glue them inside the kernel
Cutout the inside kernel following the black outline (careful not to cut off the top and bottom tabs)
Fold the inside kernel in half
Glue or tape the tabs of the inside kernel to the top and bottom of the shell – Connect the shell and kernel by gluing or taping the top seed shell to the top tab of the inside kernel then repeating for the bottom seed shell
Bring the two outside shell pieces to together and pull up to reveal How to Be a Good Seed!
Attention all story lovers! Do you have young children or grandchildren between the ages of 2-10? If yes, join the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! TLE’s Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club was such a great success, we are back by popular demand! FREE for all families!
You can register for all Sunday sessions or just one or two. Register soon to get a FREE Gummy Bear craft kit mailed to your address! You will receive a Zoom link for the session/s after you register. We look forward to seeing you there!!
Make every day your Literacy Day by reading, writing and sharing books! This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.
Looking for ways to advance the cause of literacy in your corner of the world? Check out the suggestions below OR drop by The Learning Exchange office to get a free children’s book!
1. Use social media to spread the word about the importance of literacy.
2. Give a book as a gift. Include a note about the importance of literacy.
3. Sponsor a book-collecting drive; give books to nursing homes, schools, adult literacy programs.
4. Listen to an audio book.
5. Learn about and support local literacy projects or programs in your area.
6. Sponsor book awards.
7. Organize an essay contest about “a book that changed my life.”
8. Establish a book discussion group.
9. Sponsor book readings with local authors or local celebrities reading from their favourite books.
10. Attend readings at your local library or bookstore.
11. Publicize and distribute lists of recommended books for readers of all ages.
Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Stories and books related to the alphabet are a great way to introduce, teach and reinforce the ABC’s. Read and listen to stories often as a family!
There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year!
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative. Celebrate the love of reading by giving someone a new, used or borrowed book. Books make GREAT gifts!
2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. Choose a waiting room where people are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to people and kids especially, so choose a fun book.
3. Donate a Book. Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local literacy council, second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.