Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Books for Preschoolers

By: Chrissie McGovern, Gaston County Public Library - Dallas Branch; Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

Summer is a great time to share books with young children. Here are some great summer reads for preschoolers that you can find at the Gaston County Public Library!

At the Beach by Anne Rockwell
A young girl enjoys a day at the beach building a sandcastle, collecting sea shells, and more!

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
A watermelon-loving crocodile accidentally swallows a watermelon seed. Will he grow a watermelon in his tummy?

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
A giant squid encounters other ocean animals and claims he is the biggest thing in the ocean…..until he meets a whale!

Camping Day by Patricia Lakin
Sam, Pam, Will and Jill are a bunch of crocodile friends who encounter getting lost, a bees’ nest, and bad weather while on their camping trip. Will they have fun after all?

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon
Penguin is getting tired of all of the snow where he lives and decides to go on a tropical vacation. He meets a new friend on his trip.

Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
A little girl finds different ways to entertain herself on a hot summer day. She has a picnic, chases a butterfly and enjoys sipping cool lemonade.

Ten Flashing Fireflies by Philemon Sturges
Two children catch fireflies on a summer night, putting them one by one into a jar until all ten are caught, and then they let them out to watch all ten fly away.

Mama, is it Summer Yet? By Nikki McClure
A little boy asks his mother, “Mama, is it summer yet?” She encourages him to enjoy the beaty of spring while recognizing the signs that the seasons are changing.

Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli
A little girl pleads with her father to push to new heights on the swing while at the park one day. Children will identify with the everyday pastime of swing higher.

Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell
Ten turtles splash into the pond one by one. This is a colorful countdown that every child can be a part of!

Special thanks to Chrissie McGovern with the Gaston County Public Library - Dallas Branch for sharing this list of summer books with us.  Check out these books and more at the Gaston County Public Library or visit them online at

The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is a nonprofit organization that provides services, advocates and collaborates with others to insure the well-being of children, ages birth to five, so they can reach their health, developmental, and educational potential. Learn more about the Partnership at

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Power of Reading Aloud

Earlier this month, our Public Information Coordinator Tabitha Whetstine transformed into Super Girl and set out on a mission to read aloud to the children at several child care centers in our community!  

Tabitha read “Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins, “Clifford the Firehouse Dog” by Norman Bridwell and “Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Helper” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson.

By reading aloud to the young children at the child care centers, Tabitha exposed them to more words, sparked their curiosity, and gave them more reasons to love books!  In fact, reading aloud to young children promotes language development and early literacy skills, such as word sound awareness, understanding how stories work, recognition of sounds and letters, knowledge of a wide range of vocabulary and the ability to listen. 

All of these skills are essential as children start school and learn to read. 

Click here to learn about the benefits of reading aloud and to download free reading resources for parents and educators. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

9 Children's Books to Read Aloud This Spring

Did you know that children who are introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age?  Since it's never too late to make reading aloud a daily routine with your child, we've compiled a list of our favorite spring-themed children's books that your children are sure to love!

I See Spring by Charles Ghigna (Ages 2-5)

Rooting for You by Susan Hood (Ages 2-5)

Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer by Susan Hood (Ages 2-6)

Hurray for Spring by Patricia Hubbell (Ages 3-5) 

Olaf Welcomes Spring by Brittany Rubiano (Ages 3-5) 

Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce (Ages 3-7) 

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano (Ages 4-7) 

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes (Ages 4-8) 

Come Along Daisy! by Jane Simmons (Ages 5-8) 

Click here to learn more about the benefits of reading aloud. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

7 Kids Books to Read This Fall

The leaves are slowly starting to transform into their beautiful red, yellow and orange colors, which can only mean one thing: fall has officially arrived!  The shorter days and cooler nights will give you and your child plenty of time to cuddle up and enjoy books together.  Whether you’re outside enjoying some fresh air or curled up together on the couch, your kids will love hearing these stories all autumn long.

“Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin” by Tad Hill (ages 1-2)

“Where is Baby’s Pumpkin” by Karen Katz (ages 1-4)

“Berenstain Bears & the Spooky Old Tree” by Jan Berenstain (ages 2-5)

“Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert (ages 3-7)

“How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara (ages 3-7)

“The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams (ages 4-8)

“Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” by Julia Rawlinson (ages 4-8)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's never too early to start reading aloud!

The first five years of life offer a critical window for learning, with rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. When you read to your child every day during this time period, you are exposing them to more words and helping them develop the basic literacy skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.  Luckily, there is an abundance of books available for you to choose from.  Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Toy Boat by Randall de Seve/Loren Long
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell & David Caltrow
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Go, Dog, Go! By Dr. Seuss
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
  • Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

Click here to learn more about choosing books for children.