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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Right here, at HPL!

18 Sep

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
We recently re launched a very special program at HPL – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! This program has been launched in libraries across the country as an effort to increase the development of early literacy skills in young children. ‘Early literacy’ is a term we’ve been hearing a lot these days, but what does it actually mean? Early literacy is the stage before we are able to read. This stage begins at birth, and encompasses all ways to engage with letters, words, pictures. There are several ways to encourage early literacy skills, from reading, to singing, to telling a simple story of going to the grocery store. Reading to a child expands their language skills, imagination, and it is a great bonding experience that will create life-long memories.

Parent Reading

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun way to encourage the development of early literacy skills in our little ones, while helping prepare them for Kindergarten. The program is as simple as it sounds—make a goal to read 1,000 books to your child before they are enrolled in Kindergarten. 1,000 books might seem like a lot, but if you read 3 books a night every night, that is 1,095 books in one year! It is doable! And yes, repeats count! If you read the same book ten times, it counts as 10 books.
Mom Reading
For every 100 books you read, you will receive a prize, and after you have read 1,000 books, we will have a party to celebrate!
Throughout the program you will receive 10 consecutive reading logs, each with 100 spaces. For each book you read, you fill in a space on the log, and for each log you complete, you receive a prize.
We are excited to offer the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to you and we hope you enjoy it!

Stop by the Children’s Room at any of our locations to sign up and pick up your first reading log. Every book counts, and any child not yet enrolled in Kindergarten can participate.

For more information about this nationwide program, please visit 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kids Reading

Tuesday, September 24 – Special Screening NO SMALL MATTER – The importance of early literacy (please see calendar for details)

Wednesday, October 23 – Early Literacy Specialist is coming to give a parent workshop presentation (please see calendar for details)

Written by:
Ashley Hoffman
Children’s Librarian

Need Suggestions to get started?  Check out some recommendations from me and my son that we enjoyed in our own 1000 Books journey including a post about my son’s favorites, a gothic post perfect for Halloween, and one last post before my son started Kindergarten.  And don’t forget reading with your kids shouldn’t end at Kindergarten.  My son is in second grade now and we still enjoy reading together!
Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

Moving Away

25 Feb

In Hoboken, there seem to be two seasons: the school year and moving away. Parents with mobile jobs; families that transfer to the New York area from another city; and a latent desire for the suburban house of a family’s dreams may all contribute to “moving house,” as some people say. However, a big change like moving can be difficult for young children. Leaving behind friends, familiar streets, and accustomed routines are strong shocks to the system of little ones.

The Hoboken Library has many books to help children understand the emotions they are experiencing, and to anticipate what living in a new place will feel like. There are actually books for the whole range of ages, but to limit this list, I’ve focused on picture books.

If you’re on your way to someplace wonderful, we wish you well but we will miss you at the library.

Herman’s Letter, by Tom Percival.


Herman, the bear, and Henry, the raccoon, are best friends. Henry, however, is moving far away. How can they keep their friendship when they won’t live near to each other? The two animals decide to become pen pals, but they find that staying in touch by letter is harder than they expected.

Peanut Butter & Cupcake, by Terry Border.


Peanut Butter has moved to a new town and needs to make new friends. The other foods are too busy to play soccer with him. Then he meets Cupcake who is just the right person to share a pick-up game of ball.

Ian Is Moving, by Pauline Oud.


After packing her favorite toys and saying good bye to his old house, Ian is ready to move. When he gets to his new house, he finds all kinds of surprises awaiting him.

I Want to Go Home!, by Tony Ross.


Little Princess and the Royal family are moving to a new castle. It should be an exciting experience, but Little Princess finds that she is very lonely for her old bedroom.

Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, by Judith Viorst.


Alexander is having another horrible, no-good day when his parents tell him that they are moving. Alexander gets very angry and refuses to move, especially since it means leaving his special friends and the places he loves.

Dream Friends, by You Byun.


Melanie has moved to a new place and has trouble finding friends. To deal with the disruption, Melanie retreats to a fantasy world. In her imagination, she goes on great adventures and finds many new friends.

Ella the Elegant Elephant, by Camelo D’Amico.


Ella is starting a new school in a new town and needs confidence to be the new kid. She borrows her grandmother’s “good luck” hat, only to find that the other children in her school think that it is funny looking and make fun of her.

Bad Bye, Good Bye, by Deborah Underwood.


A very simple and straightforward book in rhyme that follows a family as they move to a new town.

Bella and Stella Come Home, by Anika Denise.


A little girl tries to reassure her favorite doll (and herself) that moving to a new place will be a good experience for them, both.

One of Us, by Peggy Moss.


Roberta finds lots of potential friends at her new school, but no one is exactly right. Then she learns that people can become friends even if they are very different.

When Edgar Met Cecil, by Kevin Luthardt.


Edgar the Robot is unhappy in his new town until he meets a very friendly alien creature named Cecil.

Tim’s Big Move, by Anke Wagner.


Pico is a stuffed dog who lives with a small child. When the pair finds out that they are moving, Pico is concerned that he won’t like a new place to live. His child reassures him that everything will be fine in their new home as long as they have each other.

We’re Moving, by Heather Maisner.


Amy and her family move to a new house and they must put some effort into making it feel like home.

Dear Panda, by Miriam Latimer.


Little Florence misses her friends when she moves and tries to make new friends by writing to the panda in the zoo, next door. Making friends with the panda leads to her meeting another panda-loving child who turns out to be a real friend for her.

On Meadowview Street, by Henry Cole.


What makes a house a home? For Caroline and her family, it is a new garden. They work to make their garden grow which attracts birds and animals and makes Meadowview Street a lot more like its name.

I Like Where I Am, by Jessica Harper.


A six year old child is sad about moving but finds happiness in his new home in this delightful rhyming book.

Where’s Jamela?, by Niki Daly.


Mama gets a new job and buys a new house for her family. Everyone is delighted about it except Jamela who likes her old house just fine.

The Red Boat, by Hannah Cumming.


When Posy and her dog, George, move to a new home they are unhappy with the change. Then they find a magical red boat that takes them on great adventures and helps them accept the changes in their lives.

Sunday Chutney, by Aaron Blabey.


Sunday’s family moves, not just from town to town, but all around the world, so she becomes an expert on developing the coping skills she needs to always be the new girl in class.

The New Arrival, by Vanya Nastanlieva.


Sam, the adorable hedgehog, has moved to a new home in a new forest. However, he needs new friends. Where will he find them, in such an unfamiliar place?

All of these titles, and a wide variety of titles about moving for older children, are available At the Hoboken Library and in other BCCLS libraries. By the way, when you settle in your new home, don’t forget to get your family new library cards. It’s a great way to get to know about activities in your new home.

-Written by Lois Rubin Gross, Senior Children’s Librarian

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