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Books and videos were purchased for Growing Readers @ MHLS Libraries participating libraries to assist parents in developing their children's early literacy skills.

Books For Parents and Caregivers
Baby Play & Learn: 160 Games and Learning Activities for the First Three Years by Penny Warner. Meadowbrook Press, 1999.

The Baby's Game Book by Isabel Wilner. Greenwillow Books, 2000.

Brain Games for Babies, Toddlers & Twos: 140 Fun Ways to Boost Development by Jackie Silberg. Sterling Pub., 2002.

Games to Play with Babies, 3rd Edition, by Jackie Silberg. Gryphon House, 2001.

Great Books for Babies and Toddlers by Kathleen Odean. Ballantine Books, 2003.

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raj Codell. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003.

Learning Early: Everything Parents Need to Encourage and Develop Their Child's Learning Skills from Birth to Six Years of Age by Dorothy Einon. Checkmark Books, 1998.

Literacy Play: Over 400 Dramatic Play Activities That Teach Pre-Reading Skills by Sherrie West and Amy Cox. Gryphon House, 2004.

Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning by Deborah Stipek and Kathy Seal. Holt, 2001.

New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children, 3rd Edition, edited by Eden Ross Lipson. Three Rivers Press, 2000.

The Overscheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap by Alvin Rosenfeld and Nicole Wise. St. Martin's Press, 2001.

Read To Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read by Bernice Cullinan. Scholastic, 2000.

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox. Harcourt, 2001.

Seven Times Smarter: 50 Ways to Develop the Seven Intelligences in Your Child by Laurel Schmidt. Three Rivers Press, 2001.

Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success edited by M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin, Catherine Snow. National Academy Press, 1998.

Storytelling in Emergent Literacy: Fostering Multiple Intelligences by Susan Trostle-Brand and Jeanne M. Donato. Delmar Thomson Learning, 2001.

Teach a Child to Read with Children's Books: Combining Story Reading, Phonics and Writing to Promote Reading Success by Mark Thogmartin. EDINFO Press, 1997.

Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children: A Lively, Opinionated Guide, 2nd Edition by Valerie Lewis and Walter Mayes. Quill, 2004.

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. W.W. Norton, 1999.

What's Going on in There - How The Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot. Bantam Books, 1999.

Your Active Child: How to Boost Physical, Emotional and Cognitive Development through Age-Appropriate Activities by Rae Pica. Contemporary Books, 2003.

Videos for Parents
Program videos to borrow from MHLS or to purchase separately for library circulation:

Born to Succeed (12 minutes)- Parents share how reading with their children fosters relationships and future readers; Spanish version: La Llave del Exito (10 minutes). Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR, 2003.

Hear & Say Reading - Demonstrates how to practice the Hear & Say (dialogic) Method of sharing books with young children. Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, 1999.

I Am Your Child: The First Years Last Forever (28 minutes) - Shows the importance of new brain research and its implications for our children's healthy development; Spanish version: Los Primeros Anos Marcan Para Siempre. IMYC Foundation, 1997.

Playing Around with Words: Games and Activities to Develop Phonological Awareness in 4-5 Year Olds - Explains and models how playing simple games throughout the day develops phonological awareness, one of the key skills in getting ready to read. Developed by Provo (UT) Public Library & available through ALA/PLA.

Success Starts with Reading: An Early Literacy Message from Parents to Parents (15 minutes) - Parents talk about ways to encourage children's early literacy development. Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR, 2003.