Nov 292016
 

5-missmaplesseedsFrom a small seed a mighty trunk may grow – Aeschylus

A perfect book to snuggle up to in the fall, Miss Maple’s Seeds gathers lost seeds, and keeps them safe and warm until it’s time for them grow.  Shipped in November to Group 5 children (born in 2012), this beautifully illustrated book celebrates each child’s uniqueness.

Each book from the Imagination Library is hand-selected by education experts to promote the love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics. Group 5 books also contain the following age-appropriate concepts:

  • Diversity of others – faces, environment – OK to be different
  • Science – non-fiction
  • Folk tales
  • Thank you, appreciation
  • Rhymes and poetry

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Nov 172016
 

Love My Mommy Book CoverIn “I Love My Mommy Because” by Laurel Porter Gaylord, your infant can relate to the ways animal mommies care for their babies.  Each adorable animal mommy and baby illustration shows all of the wonderful things mommies do every day. Reading “I Love My Mommy Because,” which will be mailed in November to infants in Group 1 (born in 2016), is a great way to spend cuddle time with your baby.

Each book from the Imagination Library is hand-selected by education experts to promote the love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.  Group 1 books also contain the following age-appropriate concepts:

  • Vision – bright, big, colorful
  • Touch – board pages
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Simple – easy to use
  • Minimal text – point and say
  • Nurture – attachment- lullaby themes

Follow My First Books SC on pinterest for resources and fun activities you can do with your child as you read books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Nov 162016
 

ABC Look at Me Book Cover“ABC Look At Me,” a fun, interactive book by Roberta Intrater, will be sent to Group 2 children (born in 2015) in the month of November.  Your child will love the bold colors of the letters and the smiling faces featured throughout.  This “lift and learn” book contains over 40 flaps your child can lift to reveal surprises (and promote motor skills!).

Each book from the Imagination Library is hand-selected by education experts to promote the love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics. Group 2 books also contain the following age-appropriate concepts:

  • Repetition and predictability to generate language skills
  • Motor skills
  • “Self-help” activities – things children can do, things familiar in their daily life
  • Use of real photo illustration
  • Body awareness
  • Colors, letters, numbers

Follow My First Books SC on pinterest for resources and fun activities you can do with your child as you read books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Nov 152016
 

oct-16-book-mailingsWe surpassed the 50,000 books mark!  To date, My First Books SC has mailed more than 51,884 books to children throughout the state.

Nov 142016
 

Mother Goose Book CoverIn November, children in Group 3 (born in 2014) will receive Tomie dePaola’s “Mother Goose,” featuring more than 200 beloved nursery rhymes.  Parents can share their favorite rhymes with their children, reading a few short rhymes to younger children and longer passages to older ones.

Each book from the Imagination Library is hand-selected by education experts to promote the love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.  Group 3 books also contain the following age-appropriate concepts:

  • Values and character
  • Issues – fear, conflict, love, safety
  • Colors, letters, numbers
  • Nursery rhymes

Follow My First Books SC on pinterest for resources and fun activities you can do with your child as you read books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Nov 012016
 

Optimist Club provides first books for local toddlers

(Cola Daily, Columbia) – They’re just learning how to babble and crawl, but children living in Lexington Richland School District Five already are building a home library.

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo has provided $3,000 to purchase books for 90 students in the school district’s Ready By Five program, part of the statewide My First Books initiative. Nearly 38 percent of South Carolina children don’t have the literacy skills needed to succeed in kindergarten, said officials with My First Books.

“The donation from the Optimist Club helps us combat these challenges and make sure that more children in our district have access to books,” said Jennifer Felkel, the school district’s coordinator of parenting and social work.

My First Books is part of the nonprofit organization Palmetto Project and a statewide affiliate of Dolly Parton’s award-winning Imagination Library.

Under Lexington-Richland Five’s model, at-risk children are given print books to help them build pre-literacy skills, and district staff work with parents on child development. The Ready by Five program also links families with community activities and screenings to assess children’s development and health.

The Optimist Club’s donation will give more children enrolled in the district’s program the chance to have books of their own.

“The Optimist Club is all about helping youth and the community,” said Stuart Stout, a member of the St. Andrews-Irmo club. “Why are we searching for charities across the state or across the nation when we have problems here at home? This donation is a small way that we can help and show children that the community and local groups like the Optimist Club support them.”

Educators who work closely with the Ready By Five program said the books provide a critical launching pad for a child’s education.

“The children, and even the parents, are genuinely excited when the books arrive and when the Ready By Five teachers visit their homes,” said Donna Carroll, an Irmo High School social worker who works with Ready By Five families. “That’s the kind of excitement about learning and school we want to create. We are all truly vested in making sure all our students succeed.”

Nov 012016
 
Nonprofit puts books in the hands of babies

(WXLT-TV 19 – Columbia) – More than a third of South Carolina babies will not be ready for kindergarten, and one nonprofit wants to change that by putting books in the hands of infants.

Kassi Heyward has been reading to her 9-month old son Kyson since he was born.  “He’s eating books,” she laughed. “He’s watching them, playing with them. He loves books.”

She says it’s largely thanks to a nonprofit called “My First Books.”

“I didn’t realize how important it was,” she said. “And I’m just really glad I can make his life better.”

The group mails free books to qualifying families with babies. A new book every month until the child turns five.

“The books are delivered to the home once a month in clear packaging,” explained the project’s Nell Killoy. “So when a child goes to the mailbox they know their book is there, they’re excited, they want to read.”

Killoy says 38% of children in South Carolina do not have enough literacy skills needed to succeed in kindergarten.

“They’re getting to school not ready to learn to read,” she said. “So our goal is to make sure the children have books in their homes, encourage parents to read with them. It is a huge predictor of how a child will do when they get to kindergarten, is to whether they’ve been exposed to books at an early age.”

She says because a child’s brain develops 90% by age five, putting books into the hands of newborns isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

“Even if you just hand a child a book and they’re playing with it, they’re flipping the pages, even if they’re biting on the book, they’re getting used to reading.”

It’s a lesson that Kassi, and so many parents like her, are now learning first hand.

“I am going to let him know that I worked with him as a child,” she said. “And hopefully he can continue it, because it is fundamental.”

My First Books just received a $3,000 donation from The Optimist Club St. Andrews-Irmo. With the money, the nonprofit will enroll 120 kids on their waiting list.

It costs $33 to send a child books for a year.

 

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