Monday, November 24, 2014

The best books for young toddlers: Leslie Patricelli

Having a hard time with potty training?  Have a kiddo who resists taking a bath?  Does your tot try to eat everything they can get their hands on?

Allow me to introduce you to your new best friend, Leslie Patricelli, author of fun board books for young toddlers.  She present countless lessons about life in a simple, humorous manner, through a football-headed baby.

From No No Yes Yes to Binky to my personal favorite, Toot, Patricelli's books are fun for young kids and even their parents.  They will surely become favorites in your household, with kids shouting, "Again! Again!" and you not even minding it!  Unlike many books that aim to directly teach lessons, these books are actually fun and engaging to read, and speak to toddlers on their own level.

Find Patricelli's books in the Board Book section of the Wellesley Free Library, or on the Minuteman Catalog here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Children and Technology roundup: screen time, best apps, and more!

Some interesting things have been happening in the world of screen time research and recommendations for kids!

This article sums up a new report from Zero to Three about screen time and young children, which is based on the last decade of scientific research about screen time and child development

This info-graphic from demonstrates how there are many different kinds of screen time, and what the benefits are of each kind.

For those of you with elementary-age kids, get recommendations for great fun and educational apps from a Children's Librarian at the Wellesley Free Library on Friday December 5th.  Sign up here!